|Mummy Darling in her early twenties|
Supposedly, the mugs in the photograph, which I recognize from when I was a child, once belonged to MD's grandfather (her mother's father). He is shown sporting a rather impressive mustache in this cabinet photograph, from 1888, also sent to me by Frecky:
|My mustachioed great-grandfather|
Frecky reminded me after reading my last post that he had sent me the photograph of our great-grandfather and suggested that our handsome ancestor's mustache would rank well amongst those that I featured in my post(s) on
Now, the mugs shown in MD's photograph do not appear to me to be mustache cups, as Camilla recalls, but rather shaving mugs, and similar to the one I inherited from MD that was once part of her collection. I still do not recall ever seeing a mustache cup before purchasing the one that came with the Paris porcelain part-service we acquired several weeks ago. But, who knows? As I said, MD inherited rather a lot of Paris porcelain from her grandparents, and it is possible that a mustache cup, in addition to shaving mugs, was included in the china she got from them. I just don't recall seeing one.
By the way, it was through this great-grandfather that I am related to my great-great-uncle Augustus Bertram Coolidge, whose silver I inherited. The letter 'C' engraved on the silver is identical to the one painted on the china we bought that precipitated this series, pictured in the original post.
And with this, I believe I have exhausted the topic of