This is a very unusual early barbershop shaving mug. It dates to around the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. It is made of pottery and not porcelain. It is probably American made. Many early shaving mugs were made of porcelain and imported from Europe, especially from France, Germany, Austria and Bavaria.
The shave mug is a standard blank. It has a rounded lip and molded base. It has a red cross painted on the front. The cross is outlined in gold. The rim and foot of the mug were originally banded with gold.
This old mug has seen a lot of service and most of the gold is worn. There are some stains on the body that did not wash off. The inside shows small stress cracks or imperfections. There are no chips or other cracks. The base shows lots of shelf ware. For all of its wear and use it is still a very nice old collectible.
It measures approximately 3 1/2” in diameter and 3 5/8” high.
Inv. Loc. RB 14