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"The moustache cup is a drinking cup with a semicircular ledge inside. The ledge has a half moon-shaped opening to allow the passage of liquids and serves as a guard to keep moustaches dry. It is generally acknowledged to have been invented in the 1860s by British potter Harvey Adams (born 1835). Moustaches flourished throughout the Victorian era. Often, moustache wax was applied to the moustache to keep it stiff, with every hair in place. When drinking hot liquids, steam from the drink would melt the wax, which would drip into the cup. Sipping hot tea or coffee would also often stain moustaches. In 1860, Englishman Harvey Adams came up with an unusual invention, "the moustache cup". This had a ledge, called a moustache guard, across the cup. The ledge had one semicircular opening against the side of the cup. The pampered moustache then rested safe and dry on the guard while sipping a hot beverage through the opening. The new invention spread all over the European continent and soon, every famous potter was making the new cups. A multiplicity of moustache cups were made by famous manufactories such as Meissen, Royal Crown Derby, Imari, Royal Bayreuth, Limoges and others. Each potter created his own version of this masculine tableware and the news of that invention soon spread to America."
I'd heard of them but had no idea what they looked like.
: They kept drinking from them in Ulysses, so I had to check it out. The first illustration photo is of a Norwegian cup, so we weren't above it :)
My first time hearing of them was as part of Sidney Taylor's All-of-a-kind-family, where the girls save their pennies and buy one for their father for his birthday.
: A World's Best Dad moustache cup? :)
the British, knowing their tea stuff since 1800s.
My dad had several mustache cups when I was little! He wore his facial hair longer, then. Once he started keeping it trimmed shorter, those mugs went away.
: Any of them pint sized? :)
Ha! No, as a 20-something my dad was more inclined to drink beer straight from the can. Can't vouch for whether or not the "coffee" in those mugs was ever laced with something stronger.
I never saw Hercule Poirot use them in any film/drama, were they ever mentioned in the books?
I wanted one while had the moustache
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