We’re normally not your teacup type of vintage shop, but these are extra special. I actually have a personal collection of my own.
Back in the 1800′s these mugs were used by men- the ceramic insert was there so that they would not get tea on their mustache when they sipped. Traditionally they would be given as a gift from the man’s wife before he would leave to travel somewhere- that’s why many of them say ‘A Gift’, ‘A Present’, ‘Think of Me’, etc. The Victorians were such romantics!
Nowadays they are fun to use as everyday tea or coffee cups (by men OR women). I use them at work and all of my co-workers get a kick out of hearing the story about them.
They are about 140 years old or so- tha’s a long time to survive for something so fragile! Price= $20 ea. **Great V-day gift!