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 SHAVING MUGS AND SCUTTLES

A shaving scuttle and shaving mug were developed around the 19th century with the first patent for a shaving mug dating to 1867.  As hot water was not common in many households, one way to provide hot lather was to use a scuttle or mug. A traditional scuttle resembles a teapot with a wide spout where hot water is poured in, and this is where it differs from a shaving mug, which has no spout. Both shaving scuttles and mugs usually have a handle, but some have none. Shaving mugs often look like a standard mug, however, some also have a built in brush rest, so the brush does not sit in lather. Modern versions of the scuttle are in limited production, usually by independent potters working in small volumes.

At the top of the scuttle or mug is a soap holder. Traditionally, it was used with a hard block of shaving soap (rather than soft soap or cream) and therefore had drain holes at the bottom. Later scuttles and mugs do not include the holes, and thus can be used with creams and soft soaps. Some scuttles and mugs have concentric circles on the bottom, which retain some water thus helping to build lather.

In use, the shaving brush is dunked into the wide spout, allowing it to soak into the water and heat up. The soap is placed in the soap holder. When needed, one can take the brush and brush it against the soap, bringing up a layer of lather; excess water is drained back. This allows conservation of water and soap, whilst retaining enough heat to ensure a long shave.

This page shows some shaving mugs and scuttles we have available


Scuttle type shaving mug with flowered side and pinkish rim $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! Scuttle type shaving mug with flowered side and pinkish rim. About 4 1/4" tall by 6" across. A vintage shaving mug probably pre-1950’s.
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Stately Scuttle type shaving mug in white with gold handle $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! Stately Scuttle type shaving mug in white with gold handle. Very nice fluted white china shaving mug with gold covered handle is almost 4" tall by 6" across. Has a small chip on the rim. Late 1800s to early 1900s. Marked 52 on bottom.
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1885 Shaving mug with embossed gold "Think Of Me" $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1885 Shaving mug with embossed gold "Think Of Me" Charming shaving mug beautifully decorated with rope textured letters and flowers with gold trim. About 3 1/2" tall it has a note which states "Grandma Ventress Sept 30, 1885. Has a small chip repair near the rim.
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Blue spatterware mug either coffee or shaving mug $12.99
Click Here for Product Details! Blue spatterware mug either coffee or shaving mug. This is marked on the bottom but it is hard to make out. In script. it looks like "Madam Suthorsia England" "pottery". Nice blue mug.
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Roccoco gilded shaving mug with 3D flowers. $15.99
Click Here for Product Details! Roccoco gilded shaving mug with 3D flowers. Amazing textured shaving mug with liberal embossed gold decorations, footed base and beautiful blue and gold flowers with branches and leaves all extruding from the surface.
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Myott Son Co. England, pink china shaving mug $15.99
Click Here for Product Details! Myott Son & Co. England, pink china shaving mug. Old shaving mug with pink glaze on the outside, White on the inside. It has a raised textured rim which is gold trimmed.
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Unmarked embossed pink and white with gold flowers shaving mug. $7.99
Click Here for Product Details! Unmarked embossed pink and white with gold flowers shaving mug. A small pinky hole in the handle and flattened sides along with all the other embossed features make this a very attractive mug.
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.....SOLD.....Scuttle Shaving Mug with original cake of soap has ’basketball" on side $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! Scuttle Shaving Mug with original cake of soap has ’basketball" on side. Good solid shaving scuttle type mug. Still has original cake of soap and an image of a basketball player with "Basketball" on top. Probably 1950’s 1960’s it measures about 6" long.
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,,,,,SOLD.....Old Spice Shaving mug $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! Old Spice Shaving mug. Made by Old Spice these are actually glass but since shaving mugs are a limited category we will include these here. We have two available. One has a cake of soap in it and a cover the other does not. First buyer will get the one with soap unless other wise specified. We have another Old Spice shaving mug with original box available elsewhere
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.....SOLD.....Victorian flower decorated and textured shaving mug or scuttle $30
Click Here for Product Details! 2 stage Victorian, flower decorated and textured shaving mug or scuttle. You don’t need a beard to appreciate the beauty of this antique shaving mug! Delightfully sculpted in two tiers with fluting on the upper cup and filigreed on the bottom capped by a wondefully styled handle.
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.....SOLD.....Seaforth Scotch Heather shaving mug $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! Seaforth Scotch Heather shaving mug. This actually glass but since shaving mugs are a limited category we will include these here. The back has direction on how to use this mug for shaving. We also have some Old Spice shaving mugs available
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.....SOLD.....Old Spice Shaving mug with box $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! Old Spice Shaving mug with box. Made by Old Spice this actually glass but since shaving mugs are a limited category we will include these here. We have three available. One has a cake of soap in it and a cover the other does not and the third comes with original box. First buyer will get the one with soap unless other wise specified.
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.....SOLD.....Antique shaving mug with handle $9.99
Click Here for Product Details! This is a nice looking embossed shaving mug with a blue floral design on it. It is a solid piece and has a mark on the bottom which is very faded and not quite readable. It appears to be of good quality and is definitely old.
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.....SOLD.....Two tiered shaving mug or scuttle with handle and gilding $30
Click Here for Product Details! Two tiered shaving mug or scuttle with handle and gilding. A real standout this two part shaving mug is pure white with silver gilding and an unusual buttercup shaped top portion with holes to allow water to drain to the bottom part which has a spout for emptying and handle on the other side for ease of use. This beauty is 4 " tall by 6" handle to spout by 3" wide. Unmarked
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