In the Victorian era, flowers appeared in adornment as telltale symbols...buttercup is said to have signified childishness. So embrace your inner child with this darling old buttercup mug as a playful container for flowers, or a decorative reminder to feel the glee of childhood.
The elaborate handle, frilly raised flowers, and footed base of this mug are a rarity in the moustache cup world. Mugs with four feet "are important to any fine collection of mustache cups," says Dorothy Hammond in her 1972 book Mustache Cups: History and Marks. (Yes we own a copy!) Moustache cups were designed in the 1800's by an English gent who was tired of having the wax of his groomed 'stache end up in his drink. Today, we love a moustache cup as an ideal spot to pop flower stems. Shown with our Foxy Red Fox statuette and Bird in the Dogwood mirror tray.
Unknown maker, marked 7007. Style indicates late 1800's. In good condition with wear to gilding, and a scar where one petal has been repaired. A dear piece of history.
Recommended for decorative use. If you wish to use this as a drinking vessel, we advise using a home lead test (available at most hardware stores), as some antique ceramics and paints may contain traces of lead.
Buttercups, typically thought of in the yellow variety, are in the genus Ranunculus. Not only do the curve and shiny coating of buttercup petals draw people to hold a bloom to their chin (remember that game?), but those features attract pollinating insects too!
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