This is a wonderful personalized shaving mug with the name V. Garrett on the front in blue. The shaving mug is embellished with gold with wear to the gold. The mug is white and the only adornment is on the front in the from of the name and the gold wreaths. The base of the mug has an old adhesive tape label with the words Uncle Vinton Garrett written in ink. This shaving mug was purchased at an antique store in Tuscola, Illinois where there are small adjacent towns named Garrett and Atwood, Illinois. The mug is made of heavy but translucent porcelain. The base has significant wear from use. While this may not be the most elegant of shaving mugs, it appears to have a solid provenance.
Genealogy Note: In doing some research on the internet, it appears that this mug is likely to have belonged to Vinton Garrett who was born in 1858 in Douglas county, Illinois where Tuscola is the largest city and the county seat and the very small towns of Garrett and Atwood are also located. In the Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Illinois, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, November, 1908, there is a listing for Vinton Garrett, Atwood in Lodge 761. In these proceedings he is noted to have been appointed as an examiner and instructor and he is also noted to have examined a new subordinate examiner during that annual meeting. At this time he would have been 50 years old. Other genealogical information indicates that he worked as a farmer and carpenter and resided in Atwood Illinois. He married Sarah Benefiel daughter of a prominent physician who practiced in Atwood. Sarah and Vinton had two children, Welcome Garrett and Nellie Garrett. Searching the cemetery records of Douglas County Illinois, Vinton Garrett died in 1944 and is buried in the Cartwright Cemetery in Tuscola, Illinois next to his wife Sarah who died in 1888.