This is a beautiful cup that would look great on display. It has slightly blown out sides with raised relief shell designs that have been accented with gold. The handle and mustache shelf is also adorned with gold. The saucer has a gold rim and is a marriage to the cup but works perfectly. There are no chips or cracks; manufacturing anomalies may exist, the occasional tiny iron speck, dust 'bump' in the glaze, etc.
Wearing a mustache was very popular during the Victorian and Edwardian eras (1837-1910). In fact it was practically required for certain military ranks and social positions. The mustache cup was invented in the 1860s by Harvey Adams, an English potter. Adams added an extra piece of clay that formed an arch or bridge near the rim of the cup. This additional piece acted as a guard for the mustache, allowing the user to drink from the cup while preventing the mustache from coming in contact with the liquid. Thus the cup prevented mustache wax melting into the beverage or the liquid from staining the mustache, not to mention a soggy mustache. However, with the addition of the guard to the cup it caused the cup to become specifically a right-handed or a left-handed cup.
Backstamp: MLR France Limoges France
Measures: cup: 4 1/2" W with handle x 3: H Saucer: 5 7/8" W
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