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Occupational Shaving Mugs

Louis Pastuers' work on the effects of bacteria in the 1870s & 1880s led to new sanitation laws throughout the United States and it became required that each client of a barber have his own shaving mug and mugs were not to be shared. These laws were generally in effect from the 1880s to around 1920. It is interesting to note that there was no restriction in the sharing of razors, just the mugs.

Blank shaving mugs, usually from Germany or France, would have the client's name hand painted, often in beautiful calligraphy, and a scene painted on the mug depicting the client's profession or occupation. Some recent auction records of $20,000 to $30,000 have been reached for rare occupational mugs.



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OSM - Lathe Operator

This occupational shaving mug from around the turn-of-the-century features an operator at work on his lathe. It is bottom marked with 9723. Much of the gold trim and some of the name are worn off otherwise the mug is in good condition without any nicks, chicks, cracks or repairs. It is approximately 3.5 inches high and deep.

$225.00

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OSM - Teamster - Chas. M. Porter

This occupational shaving mug features a driver and two horses pulling a freight wagon. It is approximately 3.5 inches high and has a diameter of 3.5 inches. It is in good condition without any nicks, chips, repairs or cracks.

$150.00

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OSM - Racehorse Trainer - Horenzen

This occupational shaving mug features a race horse in a winning horse wreath and was most likely owned by a racehorse trainer and his name was Horenzen. The mug is in good condition without any nicks, chips, repairs or cracks. It has 3.5 inch diameter and is about 3.5 inches high. There are no markings on the bottom of the mug.

$60.00

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OSM Bakery Delivery Wagon - Gjiusolo

This OSM mug features a single horse drawn bakery delivery wagon and driver. The bottom is marked SAX. 9.08. The mug is 3.75 inches in diameter and stands about 3.75 inches tall. The mug does have an small stress crack on the underneath top back of the handle. It is old, not easily seen, has stabilized and is not a structural issue, see detailed photo. The mug is otherwise in good condition without any other cracks, nicks or chips.

$260.00

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OSM Carpenter - No Name

This occupational shaving mug features a full figure carpenter holding several tools. Most of the gold trim and the carpenter's name have worn off. The bottom is marked "H&C". The mug has an approximate
3.5 inch diameter and is about 3.75 inches tall. It is in good condition and has no nicks, chips or cracks.

$75.00

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OSM - Caboose - Grafe

This occupational shaving mug features a beautifully painted railroad caboose and the hand painted name of Charles Grafe. Mr. Grafe was probably a railroad brakeman since they often rode in the caboose.

The bottom is marked "T&V France". The mug is in good condition without any nicks, chips or cracks. It has a 3.5 inch diameter and is approximately 3.5 inches high.

$150.00

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OSM - Wagon Builder - Martain

Occupational shaving mug featuring a wagon under construction and the hand painted name C M Martain. This mug is in good condition and very easy to read. The bottom is marked "A.K. France". It has no nicks, chips or cracks. The mug has an approximate diameter of 3.5 inches and is 3.5 inches tall.

$225.00

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Occupational Shaving Mug - Brick Layer - Baltes

This occupational shaving mug depicts a brick layer at work. The colors are vibrant and the brick wall is long. The name, John Baltes, is easy to read. The marking on the bottom of the mug is: "CPN/GDM France". It is in good condition without any nicks, chips or cracks. The top diameter is 3.5 inches and the mug stands 3.5 inches tall.

$300.00

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Occupational Shaving Mug - Tin Smith (Moser)

This occupational shaving mug depicts a tin smith (C.F. Moser) at his work bench making coffee pots. It is in good condition with bright colors and easy to read. It has no nicks, chips or cracks. The top diameter is approximately 3.5 inches and it is 4 inches high. The only markings are "6554" on the bottom.

$300.00

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Occupational Shaving Boot Cobbler's Mug

This occupational shaving mug features a turn-of-the-century man's dress boot "and" woman's similar style boot from that period. The mug was either a cobbler who featured boots or perhaps a specialty boot salesman. The mug is in good condition without any nicks, chips or cracks but may have an old but excellent repair on the bottom rim. Some of the bottom gold glazing is worn off and it appears to me that it could be an old repair but if so, it is a very good one.

The mug has a 3.5 inch top diameter and is 3.5 inches tall.

$225.00

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Occupational Shaving Mug Tin Smith

This antique shaving mug depicts the tools of the trade for a tin smith. Much of the gold lettering is worn but there are no nicks, chips or cracks. The name is pretty clear and reads T.C. Kone. The mug has an approximate 4 inch diameter and is 4 inches high. The only marking on the bottom appears to be "up" in script and molded into the porcelain.

$150.00

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Wheelwright Occupational Shaving Mug - G

Talk about a unique occupation, a wheelwright, one who makes and repairs wagon wheels for a living. Not too many of those type of folks around anymore. The wheelwright who owned this occupational shaving mug was T.J. Waters and his name is very clear and easy to read. This mug is in very good condition with no nicks, chips, cracks or repairs. It has a top and bottom diameter of approximately 3.5 inches and it is about 3.75 inches high. The bottom has two seperate markings, one is "Limoges PHL France" and the other is from the barber supply house who had painted and supplied this mug to the barber: "Ranson & Randolph Co, Toledo, Ohio"

$475.00

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Sulky Driver Occupational Shaving Mug - H

This wonderful mug belonged to R.F. Knapp who was obviously a sulky (harness racehorse) driver. It beautifully depics him on his sulky with horse. This mug is in good condition but it does have a barely visible age crack on the inside bottom of the mug. It has fully stabalized and does not effect the structural integrety of the mug. We have over emphasized the color and the contrast in the photo to be able to show it otherwise it wasn't even visible in the photo. There are no other cracks, chips, nicks or repairs.

$425.00

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Milk Man Occupational Shaving Mug - I

Back in the day, milk men used horses and carts to deliver the milk. This occupational shaving mug beautifully depics a milk wagon, the driver and the horse on their way to delivering the milk from house to house. There is a very slight age crack on the inside bottom that we can barely get to show up in the photo. Otherwise, this mug is in very good condition without any other cracks, nicks, chips or repairs. The bottom is marked "TV Limoges France". The top diameter, bottom diameter and the height are each about 3.5 inches.

$475.00

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Blacksmith Occupational Shaving Mug - D item# 8G847

This occupational shaving mug from the later part of the 19th century features a handpainted scene of a blacksmith at work on his anvil clearly indicating that the owner of this mug was a blacksmith. While this mug is in very good condition and without any chips, nicks, cracks or repairs there is a suspucious area where the handle connects to the mug that we think was made during the original manufacturing process. See the close up photos.

This mug has an approximate top and bottom diameter of 3.75 inches and stands about 4 inches high.

$485.00

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Artist Occupational Shaving Mug E item#6G50

This occupational shaving mug from the late 19th century features a handpaited seaside scene on canvas indicating that the owner of this mug was an artist who painted seaside scenes on canvas. The name G.M Mortimer is very clear and easy to read. While there is a very good older repair on the handle, there are no other nicks, chips, cracks or repairs. This mug has a top diameter, bottom diameter and height of approximately 3.5 inches each. The only mark on the bottom is the number "2438".

$375.00

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Duck Hunter Occupational Shaving Mug F

This occupational shaving mug features a hand painted scene of a commercial duck hunter with hip boots on and standing in water while his retrieving dog watches from the boat. The name is still present but is very hard to read. The only marking is the name "Germany" on the bottom of the mug. There are no nicks, chips, cracks or repairs. The top diameter is approximately 3.25 inches, The bottom diameter is about 3.5 incehs and the mug is about 3.5 inches high.

$375.00

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#A Produce Wagon Occupational Shaving Mug

This antique occupational shaving mug depicts what we believe to be a produce or vegetable wagon and the owner was most likely a vegetable purveyer. This mug is in good condition without any nicks, chips, cracks or repairs. The bottom is marked "Decorated by Koken & Boppert, St Louis Telephone Razors Oriential Shaving Soap and Cosmetics". It has an approximate top diameter of 3.75 inches, a bottom diameter of 4 inches and it stands 4 inches tall.

$425.00

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#B Saloon Keeper (Bartender) Occupational Shaving Mug item# 8G846

This antique mug has a hand painted scene featuring a saloon keeper serving a customer. Its' owner's name was Otto Johnson. This mug has an approximate top diameter, bottom diameter and height of 4 inches each. This mug is in good condition without any nicks, chips, cracks or repairs.

$425.00

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#C Occupational Shaving Mug Pharmacist item #5MC202

This occupational shaving mug features a hand painted mortor and pedestal indicating its owner was a pharmacist. This antique mug is in very good condition and without any nicks, chips, cracks or repairs. It has an approximate top and bottom diameter of 3.5 inches and it stands about 4 inches tall.

$425.00

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Occupational Shaving Mug - Ferrier (Horseshoer) 11OSM 5-1

This mug features a beautifully handpainted image of a man shoeing a horse in a stable. It also features colorful flowers on each side of the painting. This mug is in good condition without any nicks, chips, cracks or repairs and it has no markings. It has a 3.5 inch diameter on the top and the bottom and stands about 3.25 inches tall.

$325.00

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Occupational Shaving Mug - Telegrapher 11OSM4-1

This occupational shaving mug features a 19th century telegraph key indicating its owner was a telegraph operator. It is in very good condtion with no nicks, chips, cracks or repairs. It has a top diameter of about 3.5 inches, a bottom diameter of 3.25 inches and stands about 3.5 inches tall. The bottom is only marked with a "D&C".

$350.00

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Occupational Shaving Mug Duck Hunter

This 19th century occupational shaving mug features a handpainted scene with a man shooting a shotgun at ducks and his dog ready to retrive the game. The occupation being a commercial duck hunter. It is in very good condition without any nicks, chips, cracks or repairs. The bottom is marked "Aug Kern, Barber Supplies, St Louis, MO." It has a top diameter of approximately 3.5 inches, a bottom diameter of 3.75 inches and stands about 3.75 inches tall.

$425.00

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Occupational Shaving Mug Farmer 11OSM3-1

This wonderful mug beautifully depicts a farmer plowing his field with two draft horses pulling the plow. It is in good condition with no chips, nicks, cracks or repairs. It has an approximate 3.5 inch height and top and bottom diameter. The bottom is marked "T & V France".

$365.00

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Occupational Shaving Mug Butchers Slaughtering a Cow OSM50

This mug dipicts two butchers, one holding a cow's head down while the other is about to club it. It does have a little fleabit on the top rim (see photos) but is otherwise in good condition without any other chips, nicks, cracks or repairs. The top diameter is approximately 3.25 inches, the bottom diameter 3 inches and has a 3.25 inch height.

$340.00

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Occupational Shaving Mug Baker 11MC901

This occupational shaving mug depicts a baker pulling bread out of a 19th century brick oven. This mug is in good condition without any nicks, chips, cracks or repairs. It has an approximate top diameter, bottom diameter and height of 3.5 inches.

$350.00

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Occupational Shaving Mug Flower Wagon

This antique occupational shaving mug features a beautifully painted flower wagon surrounded by colorful flower bouquets. It does have a few chips on the bottom of the mug (please see photos) but otherwise is in good condition. The top and bottom diameter each measure approximately 3.25 inches and it stand 3.5 inches tall. It has no markings.

$125.00

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Occupational Shaving Mug Bookeeper

This antique occupational shaving mug features a man standing at a large slanted desk and is most likely depicing a bookkeeper. The top and bottom diameter each measures approximately 3.5 inches and the mug stands about 3.75 inches tall. It is in good condition without any repairs, chips, nicks or cracks. The only marking on the bottom are the initials "CFH".

$325.00

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Occupational Shaving Mug Farrier or Horseshoer

This is a beautifully hand painted stable scene featuring a man shoeing a horse while the customer is waiting and a blacksmith is at work in the background. It has a top diameter of 3.5 inches, a bottom diameter of 3.25 inches and stands about 3.25 inches high. It is in good condition without any repairs, nicks, chips or cracks. The bottom is marked "Herald Bros Barber's Supplies, Cleveland, Ohio".

$425.00

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Occupational Shaving Mug Iceman OSM-2-1

The Iceman commeth, this mug beautifully depicts an "ICE" wagon being pulled by a team of horses with two riders. The mug is marked M.S. Berron who was obviously an ice man (one who delivered ice to the home). The only markings on the bottom of the mug is "5072". The handle does appear to have an old repair (see photo detail) but is stable and sound. There are no other nicks, cracks, chips or repairs.

The mug has an approximate 3.5 inch top diameter, 3.25 inch bottom diameter and is about 3.5 inches high.

$385.00

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Occupational Shaving Mug Horse Trainer or Owner #8G948

This occupational shaving mug features a horses head and its owner "S.C. Grskine was either a horse trainer or stable owner or both. It is in good condition without any nicks, chips, cracks or repairs. It is marked on the bottom "T&V Limoges, France" and is approximately 3.5 inches high with a 3.5 inch top and bottom diameter.

$350.00

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Butcher Occupational Shaving Mug item#8G845

This occupational shaving mug for a butcher features a cows head in the middle and a knife and sharpener on one side and butcher saw and meat cleaver on the other side. It is marked Grober and Bros. It has an old repair on the handle but is very sound and without any other repairs, nicks, chips or cracks.

This mug has an approximate top diameter of 3.25 inches, a bottom diameter of 3.5 inches and stands about 3.5 inches high.

$365.00

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Occupational Shaving Mug Trolly Driver 11MC12500

This antique occupational shaving mug features a hand painted scene of a horse drawn trolly and its driver meaning that the owner was a professional trolly driver. The name on the mug is A.N. Hale. There is a painted raised frame surrounding the scene. The bottom is only marked "1209". This mug is in very good condition with the name and painted scene both clear and easy to see. We believe this to be an earlier mug and dates to the late 1880s or early 1890s.

There are no nicks, cracks or chips.

The bottom and top diameters are both 3.5 inches and the mug is 4 inches high.

$650.00

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Occupational Shaving Mug Teamster OSM item#10MC1001

This antique occupational shaving mug features a teamster driving a team of horses pulling a freight wagon. We can't quite make out the name on the mug but it is something like "Rob Momkr...?" The mug is marked on the bottom "Decorated by J.R.Voldan, 1127, Pearl Stree, Cleveland, Ohio".

This mug is in good condition and without any chips, nicks or cracks. The top diameter is approximately 3.5 inches, the bottom diameter is 3.25 inches and the mug stands about 3.5 inches high.

$525.00

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Occupational Shaving Mug Baker OSM-X

This is an exceptionally nice hand painted rendering of an old time baker hard at work. The scene is clear and very easly to interpret. The name is not as easy to read and is something like "August Dam..?"
The bottom is marked "C.A.Smith, Barber Supplies, Philadelphial"

Unfortunately, there is a crack down one whole side and across the bottom of the mug. Please see the photos. The crack is not raised nor seperated and looks to have fully stabalized and doesn't appear to be effecting the strucural integrety of the mug. There are no other nicks, chips or cracks.

The top diameter is approximately3.5 inches, the bottom diameter is 3.25 inches and the mug stands about 3.5 inches high.

$325.00

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Occupational Shaving Mug Doctor in Buggy item#8MC810

This occupational shaving mug features a man in a buggy and probably a doctor in his buggy and on the way to a house call. The top and bottom diameter are both 3.5 inches and it is 3.5 inches high. The bottom is marked (appears stamped) with "P. Kawalkowski" who was probably the artist who painted the mug. It is in very good condition with no chips, nicks or cracks.

$525.00

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Occupational Shaving Mug Saloon Bartender item#8MC811

This occupational shaving mug features a bartender working and serving drinks to a customer in a saloon. The name of the bartender and barber shop customer is Fred M. Kenth. The top and bottom diameters are both 3.5 inches and it stands about 3.38 inches high. There are no chips, nicks, cracks or repairs.

$285.00

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Teamster Occupational Shaving Mug item# OSM1-1

This mug features a teamster driving a freight wagon being pulled by a team of two horses and the name marked on the mug is "B.F.Mathews". The bottom is marked Limoges, France. The top and bottom diameters are both 3.75 inches and it stands 4 inches tall. There is a unrepaired chip and crack at the top center of the rim (see photo detail). There are no other nicks, chips, cracks or repairs.

$150.00

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Occupational Shaving Mug Harness Maker (Hewitt)

This was H.B. Hewitt's shaving mug. Mr. Hewitt was obviously a harness maker. With the exception of two small chips on the bottom front of the mug, it is in otherwise good condition and there are no other chips, nicks or cracks. It is marked "Limoges France" on the bottom of the mug.

$275.00

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OSM - Drs Buggy - Giesse

This occupational shaving mug features a beautifully hand painted doctor in his horse and buggy on the way to a house call. The name on the buggy is Chris Giesse. It is in good condition without any nicks, repairs, chips or cracks. There are no maker's markings and it is approximately 3.5 inches in diameter and 3.5 inches high.

$225.00

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OSM - Patriotic Eagle - Dan Hoffman

This occupational shaving mug features a very patriotic eagle & flag and the name Dan Hoffman. It is in very good condition without any nicks, chips, repairs or cracks. It is approximately 3.5 inches in diameter and 3.75 inches high. There are no maker's marks.

$125.00

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