The Moustache Cup: Protecting ‘staches before it was cool

By Helaina, Co-op Student

Are you tired of getting your moustache wet when you drink tea? Is the moustache wax melting off into your cup? Fret no more because the Moustache Cup is here!

964.42.8 - Moustache Cup, OCM Collection

964.42.8 – Moustache Cup, OCM Collection

In the mid-1860s, Mr. Harvey Adams of Britain noticed a certain problem floating around the area. Men were having difficulty drinking their tea because their nicely grooms ‘staches were getting ruined by the hot liquid and steams from their tea. Moustaches in 1800s were a big deal. So the British potter decided to create a solution, and he did. Mr. Adams invented the Moustache cup. What this was, was a drinking cup with a small ledge to one side with a semi-circular opening at the bottom to allow the liquid to pour through.

Two views of 967.13.6, Moustache Cup, in the OCM Collection

Two views of 967.13.6, Moustache Cup, in the OCM Collection

The Moustache Cup quickly became the latest fad in England and Europe. Soon other companies picked up the popular gimmick and began making Moustache Cups themselves. America then picked up the unusual invention from the European Companies and it became popular their too. It flourished throughout the Victorian era selling many of the British ceramics. The cup continued to be popular until the late-1920s and early-1930s when the moustache itself began to go out of style.

Today Moustache Cups are finding new popularity, but, we are talking about a different kind of moustache cup…

A different kind of moustache cup!

A different kind of moustache cup!

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