Monday, June 22, 2009

Mug Shots



Valerie at acornmoon is a designer by trade, of, amongst other things, mugs. She and Pat at Weaver of Grass invited their readers to show their favorites.

My collection started with the gift of an antique silver mug 30 years ago, honoring the birth of my daughter. Each one has a story to tell, most of which can only be speculated upon. The one above, with the gargoyle handle, is engraved "Charlotte" and is circa 1880.



This one is a Victorian bright cut quadruple plate mug, engraved "Charlie From Uncle Ed".



This sterling mug has raised classical profiles on each side and is engraved "Wayne Dennis Sanger Oct. 6th, 1866".



This is probably the sweetest of them all, and definitely a favorite. Each side of this silverplated mug has a different domestic scene and was a gift to a child from the Grand Army of the Republic, which was an organization of Union Army veterans who fought in the Civil War. It is engraved "For Sarah M. Brown From Post 70 GAR".

13 comments:

Tracy said...

Such exquisite details! A splendid work of art...no wonder it's a great favorite! Thanks for sharing this unique treasure. Happy Day :o)

High Desert Diva said...

Ohhh....I do like your collection!

Crafty Green Poet said...

how beautiful!

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

These are fabulous treasures! I wish they still made them like this. Thanks for the peek.
Catherine

Art4Sol said...

What a collectible! This one is so unusual...love it.

Willow said...

Beautiful workmanship! I love the name engravings-they make me wonder- much dreaming and imagination.

Cathy said...

Wow, beautiful and amazing mugs. Gorgeous.

acornmoon said...

Well, I think you win the history prize for today, what treasures you have, amazing!

Coastcard said...

What fascinating mugs. Hasn't Mug Monday been fun? Greetings from wales, UK.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

These really are treasures!

Happy Mug Monday!

Poetikat said...

Oh, now you're putting us all to shame! These are fantastic!

Thanks for stopping by Poetikat's. I will be following you from now on and hope you'll consider doing the same.

Kat

Jane Moxey said...

Gorgeous mugs! So much history and so much room for imagining the original owners!

Willow said...

I just love your mugs. What a collection to pass down to your children.


Willow