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Occupational Mug, Blacksmith Late 19th Century
Here's a very nice occupational mug from the late 19th century around 1890. The mug is 3 3/4" high and about the same in diameter across the top. It's heavy porcelain cup in white and maroon marked on the bottom "D & Co" for the maker. The front has a hand painted scene of a blacksmith and the name of the original owner "John Schwartz" - the blacksmith's name.
These wonderful mugs were kept at the barbershop waiting for the owner to have a shave with his personal mug. Often they just had the owners name, but the more interesting ones are such as this have a depiction of the man's occupation.
The mug is in good shape, except for a slight chip on the handle as shown in one of the photos. Also the gold lettering is worn, which is often the case and certainly shows that it was well used.
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