I’m a little mustache teacup…

short and stout. Here is my handle, here is my spout. When I get all steamed up, here me shout: tip me over and pour me out.

(My version is a little edited.)

Now, I have a teacup of my very own:

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But this is no ordinary teacup. It’s a special find on a special day with a certain Country Man. We pursued an antique shop, and when I came upon this little gem for $7, it spoke to me in a little Beauty and the Beast “Chip” voice, pleading “pick me!”

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And I did! After a gentle wrapping, we brought it home, where it rests next to my typewriter that is collecting dust. Turns out typewriting isn’t the most efficient use of my time. Of course, that doesn’t stop me from using it now and again.

This teacup has a unique quality that I have yet to find in modern day teacups. What is this unique quality, you ask? Well, if you were a sheriff from the wild wild west era and visited me on the prairie, you’d appreciate this fine feature!

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it's a mustache cup!

Ah yes, just what every girl needs. A mustache cup.

Which is perfect, really, because you may not know this about me, but I grow a fine mustache.

I do.

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I tease.

I do not have a mustache, yet, but my husband and father can grow a mighty fine looking one.

Also, my grandfather, the antiquer.

Must be in the blood?


Are you an antique shop browser, too?


78 thoughts on “I’m a little mustache teacup…

  1. Seriously? That little ledge is meant to secure a mustache so it doesn’t dip into the coffee cup? I wonder what year it was made? I LOVE it. I love wondering the histories behind antique items like the very treasure you found.

  2. How cool and sweet at the same time! I like the teacup very much, and I’ve never seen one with a mustache protector. Hmmm… will we be seeing you on a future Antiques Roadshow? Perhaps that $7 teacup is worth a great deal more.

    Cute, cute!

  3. My mom loved thrift stores, antique shops, garage sales and piccadilly. My enthusiasm for these will never rival hers, but it’s always there, and it connects me to her. I love my occasional forays in.

    My most recent one–on the birthday we shared–involved picking up a matching old necklace and ring she would have loved. And the lady selling the wares? She said exactly what my mom would have, which made it just perfect: “Oh, you know these ethnic things–they never go out of style!”

    That’s all to say, count me in the “yes” column. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I am such an amateur tea drinker. I just heat water up on the stove and use the bag tea. I bet there are for more sophisticated ways of drinking it. I am not sure if this is microwavable; it’s for looks and I wouldn’t dare use it. I tried to clean it out, but the smell of dingy dirt still lingers. I had to wipe my mouth well after taking that picture.

  4. Great find! I love browsing through antique shops. I collect double egg cups, the ones that have a big end and a little end. They are very hard to find, but the fun is in the searching.

  5. I love antiquing! When I lived in Seattle my friend and I would go all over the Northwest in search of the best antique shops. What fun we two girls had searching for hidden treasures. Your new mug is awfully cute!

  6. Pretty little teacup! I’ve never seen one with a “please preserve the cleanliness of my mustache” lip before.

    I’ve been following your blog for quite a while but haven’t stopped in.. Glad I did today! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Love the teacup and to answer your question Yes – I have a few antique cups but my favorite is a delicate cup & saucer left to me by my Grandmother. It’s just perfect for an afternoon bit ‘o tea and I always think of her and her pretty curly hair and dimples .. when I use it.

    Fun post! MJ

  8. We do love antique shops, especially on the back roads heading out to Grandma’s along the Mexico-Texas border. There’s some really old stuff out there! Hubby likes the coins, I like anything for the kitchen.

    Have a good weekend!

  9. That is HILARIOUS. I have never seen such a thing!! Beautiful tea cup though ๐Ÿ™‚ While you sip your tea, do you ever wonder what other stories your antique tea cup has to tell? I would ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. That is the coolest! Never heard of that before.

    I have a huge collection of my great-grandmother’s bone china tea cups and saucers hidden away. When my daughter turned five, we had all her little friends over for a Princess tea party and I let them use those precious and delicate tea cups. I admit, I was holding my breath the whole time…but they didn’t chip a single one, they were very careful!

  11. We used to sing that song to our kids when they were little – complete with arm actions to depict handle and spout – what a sight! – Thanks for reminding me. Nice memories

  12. My wife’s grandmother was a country cook…she died at 93 yrs. old in about 2005. But she did alot of cooking and holding food for Sunday lunches in these thick ceramic bowls. I started collecting them about three years ago. They are so thick, that they take a beating without cracking or chipping..and they are safe for the oven too. And they just look old…they come in these old colours..pale blues, avacdo greens, and off white cream ….just for fun…I also think now when was this made and who has cooked with this before me?

  13. Other than antique type writers – I don’t collect a specific thing, I just like to get items that speak to me as your tea cup did to you. But I find I like really inexpensive finds best…so I like it when the store doesn’t call itself an antique but rather a consignment store…seems to mean better prices. My desk is a combination of an old door atop an old sewing machine…cheap, interesting, long, and solid

    • You know, I don’t think this was a specific antique store, either. I think you and I are on the same level as it comes to antiquing. Just something that speaks to me.

      My Mom has offered me her Singer sewing machine, used by her great-grandmother. Still works!

      Thank you for stopping in, brain4rent!

  14. That cup is a new one on me! Very cool. I’m not really into dishes and stuff like that but I probably would have caved and bought that sucker. I love looking around antique stores when we’re in various towns across this wonderful country. When something old speaks to ya you gotta sit up and listen!
    p.s. If I had that cup I’d trade it for you hair! ๐Ÿ™‚ Gorgeous.

  15. Somehow it makes me happy to think that those grizzled hombres of the Wild West needed Sippy Cups. But that’s just me! I do remember Dad being given a mustache cup in the 70s (those of the 1900s, not his) when all the hip men were sporting ‘staches, but haven’t seen many since–and his was not *nearly* as pretty as this one!

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