Today we are selling a very unique and all-original antique late 19th century porcelain occupational shaving mug! Shaving mugs were used extensively in the late 19th century and at the turn of the 20th century in barber shops across America. They held a cake of soap that was worked up into a rich lather with a bristle brush at a time when it was commonplace for men to visit barber shops for a close straight razor shave. In many barber shops, a fitted shelf held spots for the personalized mugs of its patrons. These mugs usually had the customer’s name, and a hand painted illustration of the man’s occupation. The status of a barber’s shop was boosted by the number of mugs on display, especially if the patrons owning those mugs were seen as influential in the community. This particular porcelain mug is intricately hand-painted with a scene of a man working a lathe (he was perhaps a wood worker, or furniture maker?); the name of the gentleman who owned this shaving mug was Larry R. Schultz. The mug is decorated with gilded details such as the rim and cascading ivy bunches on either side of the painted scene. The piece measures 3 5/8″ in height, 3 7/8″ in diameter, and 4 5/8″ in length. The mug is in very good antique condition, with very minor wear and patina commensurate with age and type of use, and no chips or cracks. This piece would be a wonderful gift to anyone interested in Americana/ Vintage barbershop memorabilia. Would also make a great gift to a Larry Schultz out there! Fresh to the market!
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