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Object Name Mug, Shaving
Alternate Name Shaving Mug
Date 1890-1910
Description Porcelain occupational shaving mug decorated with a scene of a horse-drawn wagon with inscription "RUBSAM & HORRMAN / BOTTLED / LAGER BEER." Inscribed above scene in gold lettering: "WILLIAM FINK." Mug is cylindrical with a shaped base, rolled rim, and loop handle. Impressed mark on underside: "Germany." Height is 3.750 inches; diameter of base is 3.5 inches. [Note: the name Horrmann is spelled incorrectly as "Horrman" in the inscription]
(Keyword: European, New York City)
Acquisition Gift of William Fink
Ownership and History William Fink was born April 19, 1872 in West New Brighton, Staten Island. He managed a hotel on Castleton Avenue, and was also a liquor retailer and a bottler.

William Fink served as an Alderman and as Chief of Staten Island's Bureau of Inspection. He was active for many years with several of Staten Island's volunteer fire companies, and in 1905 he was elected Chief Engineer of the North Shore Fire Department.

Rubsam and Horrmann (the name inscribed on the side of the wagon), established in 1870, was one of Staten Island's largest breweries in the late 19th century and well into the 20th century. An 1893 advertisement noted that William Fink was a bottler of R&H Extra Lager Beer.
Earliest Date 1890
Latest Date 1910
Material Ceramic
Subjects Shaving equipment
Brewing industry
Lexicon Sub-category Toilet Article
Associated People Fink, William
Catalog Number A41.0068
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, May 2014.
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