Moustache Cups: A Brief History

Hey folks! Here’s a quick history lesson for you, all about Moustache Cups!

Moustache Cups were invented in the mid 1800’s by an English potter named Harvey Adams. In those Victorian times, most men had impressive moustaches, and many men waxed or even dyed their moustaches to keep them groomed and curled and looking fabulous. And of course, they drank tea. So, what happened was wax would melt, and dye would run and gentlemen would get embarrassed.

So, Mr. Adams created a “moustache guard”, a moustache-shaped ledge that went across the cup, with an opening in the middle to sip the tea through. This allowed the gentleman to drink his tea and keep his moustachioed upper lip dry. It goes without saying that this item became very popular, and eventually made its way from England and Europe all the way to America. Of late, they have become sought-after collectors’ items. Now you’re curious. You want to see some moustache cups, don’t you? We’ve added a bunch to our website, but here’s a few to pique your interest and get your moustache cup collection started! We also have a few up for sale on our website

Japanese Fine Porcelain Moustache Cup

German Bamboo Motif Moustache Cup

English Fine Bone China Bow Motif Moustache Cup

Belleek Shamrock Pattern Moustache Cup

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  1. Toronto Antiques on King
    Posted May 10, 2011 at 10:38 AM | Permalink

    Hi Sol,
    Aren’t they fun? good luck on your quest.

  2. Posted May 8, 2011 at 2:33 AM | Permalink

    Wow, I’d never even heard of Mustache cups before… nor seen one. Thanks much for this article. I’ll be looking for these tea cups every time I’m at a thrift store, or an antique store now.