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tea or coffee cups or mugs you have been sentimental about

 
 
Reply Thu 26 Feb, 2015 02:22 pm
Photos and/or stories, por favor.

I'll start -

First mug:
A friend gave me two coffee mugs, probably in the early nineties. I was astonished as even back then they cost a whale of a lot of money. They were made in Deruta, a well known town in Italy for ceramics, and I'm a pushover from afar for many of those items - to look at. She bought them at Biordi in San Francisco, a place that still sends me its catalog from time to time - I'd gone in there once with her but never bought anything.

The mugs are part of the Cama: Ricco Deruta line.
Somewhere in the next ten years I dropped and broke one. Nuts! Damn!
And somewhere in the last ten years, I dropped the second one on my tile kitchen floor, and it didn't break. It has a fetching linear crack across the inside bottom of the mug, but still holds coffee well. Those are quite sturdy.

https://www.biordi.com/images/products/regular/32.jpg

Now I think of the friend, San Francisco, and Italy not all times I use the mug, but sometimes, if just for a second or two.

Latest mug:
Diane and I went to the Habitat for Humanity store here in Abq. It's called Re-Store. They have lots of good stuff for sale, all having something to do with home building or decor. I bought a mug that amused me, for something like 75 cents or a dollar.
No photo, but I'll describe it -
the wrap around design has School of Architecture and Allied Arts across the top, and across the bottom. In between those, some vertical panel drawings of art/craft types making pottery or hammering something.

Between the panels, this:
A school of architecture should be "a happy home where students are helped to educate themselves" Saarinen
Here, like the kind of democracy we should strive for, is "The minimum of restraint and the maximum of sense of responsibility." Prince Campbell

I haven't dropped it yet.
My sentiment here is re Diane and my shopping ventures, and my own enjoyment of architecture.
 
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 26 Feb, 2015 03:14 pm
I bought a set of coffee cups with cartoons by Gary Larsen. They eventually got broke. One of the cartoons was this one
http://s1.hubimg.com/u/209678_f520.jpg
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Tai Chi
 
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Reply Sat 28 Feb, 2015 10:19 am
My favourite mug for tea is a Vintage 1979 Taylor Ng COCHON Pig Mug in Cobalt Blue and White made in Japan (I googled it -- that's quoted from EBay where it is selling for $20 -- I paid 25 cents at a flea market @ 25 years ago) For some reason I cannot copy the photo. Unfortunately mine has a small chip in the rim so it's still probably worth only 25 cents. I love it.
saab
 
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Reply Sat 28 Feb, 2015 10:46 am
http://shop.verena-rannenberg.de/media/catalog/product/cache/1/small_image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/r/f/rft_089_bitte_nicht_stoeren_icon_1.jpg

I have and have had plenty of cups and mugs and I like crazy teapots.
These mugs I got for my birthday - when having tea in the library
saab
 
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Reply Sat 28 Feb, 2015 10:47 am
@saab,
Sorry it turned out this big - that I did not intend
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 28 Feb, 2015 10:51 am
@saab,
The photo's fine, the better to see..

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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 28 Feb, 2015 10:57 am
@Tai Chi,
I find a photo of the architecture cup online either, alas.

I've a correction to make. I could swear I typed out what the words were at the bottom of the cup, but that update somehow didn't post, duh, so I'll add them now (the cup is right here, with coffee in it) -

Associated Students of Historic Preservation, University of Oregon

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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 28 Feb, 2015 11:00 am
I got this mug for Christmas from my kid when she was young. I have similar ones, but this is still my favorite.

http://static.eatwell101.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/unique-coffee-mug-painted.jpeg
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 28 Feb, 2015 11:13 am
@Tai Chi,
Let's see if this works -

http://thumbs3.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mrAbwYr6aIDtmO_U9KI7dEA.jpg
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 28 Feb, 2015 11:15 am
@CalamityJane,
nice! Japanese?
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 28 Feb, 2015 11:28 am
right cup/wrong saucer

when friends of mine were married about 25 years ago, they were broke broke broke

we did everything

made our own attendants' dresses, made the food for the reception, decorated the hall, went to pawn shops to get rings with diamond baguettes to have the wedding band made on the supercheap (bride sold the bigger diamonds to jeweller, her ring ended up being free) ...

on their honeymoon, the bride and groom went to England for a trip that mostly involved staying with family

on their return I was given this cup with the plain green-banded saucer

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/0a/18/43/0a1843855b452d07cacc8eb0f869e2e3.jpg

they could only afford to buy 3 - 1 for the bride, 1 for the groom, 1 for me

I kept my cup and saucer at the hamburgers til hamburgboy sold the house and always used it on my trips there

it's here now and still my special cup

I have other Portmeirion cups but they're not the same.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 28 Feb, 2015 11:30 am
I found a photo of a mug I've had on my "fireplace" mantel, that I bought at the Salvation Army shop or St. Vincent's - I've for some reason never used it but just now I gave it good wash, and I'll add it to my cups-to-not-drop-while-pouring-coffee list.

http://www.tias.com/stores/globe/pictures/02344ba.jpg

Green Basketweave, Morning Glory Mug
Circa: 20's-'30's
Condition: used
Size: 4.5 in. tall
Color: Green
Type: Pottery
Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: McCoy Pottery Co.

Shown on Globe Antiques and Collectables
"Your price" - $32.

ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 28 Feb, 2015 11:32 am
@ossobuco,
McCoy! love McCoy
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 28 Feb, 2015 11:48 am
@ehBeth,
I didn't know until now that the flower is a Morning Glory. Well! back behind my first gallery was a shed covered with morning glories, so that's additive.

There's a duo of mugs that were behind that one on the mantle; will see if I can find a photo.

And then there's the mug from Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico, a little big for my ever using it, and by now I wouldn't, since I bought it in 1967, and it has Treasure status. Finding a photo sounds unlikely, but I'll try.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 28 Feb, 2015 12:01 pm
I had one of my published Urban Dictionary words, Loose Tea Flotsam, printed on a two tone (white outside, maroon interior) mug.
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Loose+tea+flotsam
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 28 Feb, 2015 12:33 pm
@ossobuco,
I found the irish mug duo* on the mantle - ha, they turn out to be porcelain beer mugs. Mine look taller and narrower.

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTAwWDM3Mw==/z/ME8AAMXQlgtRu3tE/$(KGrHqIOKo0FGsK6vnRRBRu3tEki+w~~60_35.JPG?rt=nc

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NDkzWDUwMA==/z/MFsAAMXQlgtRu3tH/$T2eC16ZHJG8FGskTJUTsBRu3tGqdT!~~60_35.JPG?rt=nc

Am stuck on the Tlaquepaque mug. Oh well.

*also thrift shop goodies, but I'm not quite as sentimental about them as the other mugs I've mentioned. Pretty, though, and not getting tossed.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 28 Feb, 2015 12:35 pm
@tsarstepan,
Cool! (also, the words themselves)
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Tai Chi
 
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Reply Sat 7 Mar, 2015 10:00 am
@ossobuco,
ossobuco wrote:

Let's see if this works -

http://thumbs3.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mrAbwYr6aIDtmO_U9KI7dEA.jpg


That's the one! Yes, Japanese.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 24 May, 2015 09:28 am
I'm sitting here sipping coffee from the U. of Oregon Historic Preservation mug, still like it, still haven't broken it.

I've been to Oregon, once for a few days and once to stop and wait at the airport in Portland, but never even into the city of Portland, which I regret. Turns out U. of Oregon is in Eugene, and that was the area I was in for those few days. Didn't notice the University. Mostly we traveled around there, to the ocean and inland to the Three Sisters area to see a rodeo.

This puts me to thinking that coffee and tea and beer mugs travel. In a way, they're sort of like socks, having minds of their own.
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tsarstepan
 
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