This is a fantasy example of a three piece shaving mug and matching saucer and bowl decorated with purple violets and roses against a light green background. Marked "Brandenburg" at bottom in blue these pieces are often advertised as late 19th century antiques, when in fact they are 20th century decorative 'nostalgic' pieces made for the reproduction wholesale trade. They may still be making this particular set since the stylish, ornate handle illustrated has proven easily able to fool collectors.

Be on guard for this set to appear wearing different decorative transfer designs (they are not hand painted) and fake marks other than Brandenburg. It would not be unusual to find identical pieces marked with Nippon or RS Prussia marks. Also be advised that only the mug is marked. There are no back stamps on the saucer or bowl which can make them even harder to identify as new pieces when not found in the company of their matching cup.

Frequently this type of item is mistakenly advertised by sellers as a mustache cup, which is a similar collectible niche that suffers from fake, fantasy and reproduction examples of its own. But the form shown is actually intended to be that of a shaving mug.

Almost all original old shaving mugs were made of blanks produced in either Germany or France and occasionally America. As a general rule, old marks include a city name or place name such as Saxony, for example, or the name of the country where it was produced. The spurious 'Brandenburg' mark, with or without an anchor, is sometimes suggested to be a German mark because of the name. But, none of the items with this specific mark will actually say 'Germany' anywhere on the piece because these items were originally made in Japan. Similar items in production in China use the mark 'Brandenberg' (note the difference in spelling). The mark with anchor described is not shown in this listing but it can be seen in Item ID: 2007RP00089 which is a listing for another fake shaving mug here in this shop.

The 'Brandenburg' mark shown isn't one that will ever be found in a respectable book on old china marks, as would be true for a maker's mark that is genuine. That's because this mark is a known fantasy mark that will only be found on items made in the modern era..

Be sure to note how bright is the gold trim on this piece and the fact that it appears to exhibit no wear despite supposedly being made to serve a regular function. This shaving mug has absolutely no patina and looks new, because it is new.

Cup or Mug measures approximately 4 1/2 inches wide including the handle and 3 3/4 inches high. The saucer measures 6 inches and the bowl 5 inches in diameter.

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Brandenburg 3 Piece Shaving Set - Cup Saucer and Bowl


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