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Occupational Shaving Mug, W.A. Simpson

Occupational Shaving Mug, W.A. Simpson

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Ceramics: Pre 1910: Item # 1205637

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This is a very unusual late nineteenth/early twentieth century occupational shaving mug with a sheet, curtain or awning with rings on a rod with the owner's name stenciled in gold - W.A. Simpson. The company stamp H&CO is on the bottom of the cup. 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. The gilt decor is depleted around the rim and bottom perimeter of the mug. This piece measures 3 1/2" x 4 1/4" x 3 1/4". This piece has no cracks, nicks, breaks, touch-ups or repairs.