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Object Name Mug, Shaving
Alternate Name Shaving Mug
Date ca. 1910
Description Porcelain occupational shaving mug decorated with a transfer-printed and filled bar or tavern scene. Inscribed in gold lettering: "William H. Mealey." Mug is cylindrical with sides flaring slightly toward top, rolled rim, shaped base, and loop handle. Impressed mark on underside: "1311". Made in France, Austria, or Germany. Overall height 3.875 inches; diameter of base 3.875 inches.
(Keywords: European, New York City, Twentieth Century)
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History William H. Mealey, the owner of this shaving mug, was born in December 1871. In 1900 he was living in Manhattan with his wife Elizabeth and their son William, but by 1910 they had relocated to Staten Island.

Although Mr. Mealey's profession was listed as electrician in the 1900 and 1920 census records, in the 1910 census his occupation was saloonkeeper, as evidenced in the mug's illustration of a bar interior. Perhaps his work as a saloonkeeper was a temporary position in his career.
Earliest Date 1905
Latest Date 1915
Material Ceramic
Subjects Shaving
Taverns (Inns)
Lexicon Sub-category Toilet Article
Associated People Mealey, William H.
Catalog Number A41.0027
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, April 2016.
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