This is a great train themed shaving mug from the early 20th century. Shaving mugs were used extensively in barber shops across America. They held a cake of soap that was worked up into a rich lather with a bristle brush at a time when it was commonplace for men to visit barber shops for a close straight razor shave. In many barber shops, a fitted shelf held spots for the personalized mugs of its patrons. These mugs usually had the customer's name, and a hand painted illustration of the man's occupation. The status of a barber's shop was boosted by the number of mugs on display, especially if the patrons owning those mugs were seen as influential in the community. This mug does show some wear. There are some thin cracks and the gold is depleted in some areas and the image and name at the top is worn in some areas as well. The cup is marked W.Armis on the bottom. This cup measures 3 1/2 x 5 x 3 1/2. A very fine cup with great detail.