First, for the purposes of this article let’s try to distinguish between a mug and a scuttle.I think the main difference is that a scuttle is made to hold hot water in a separate compartment.Later vintages saw the beginnings of promotional uses.
The organizations had designs that made membership unique.
Fraternal shaving mugs for common organizations like the Masons are plentiful on internet auction sites.
Promotional shaving soap scuttles tend to be of a more recent time frame and are less “practical” in the shaving sense. They tend to be plainly decorated and promotional in design.
Some people find they are able to hold better than other types for the purpose of shaving.
Probably the most famous example is the Old Spice “sailing ship” mug (which has many variations depending on production run and date).
Many men belonged to fraternal organizations during the early time period mentioned previously, and for a very practical reason; they often paid burial fees and death benefits for members.With shaving cream simply plop a wee dollop into the mug and lather up with a shaving brush.If you're using shaving soap, most shaving soap pucks should comfortably fit in this mug.Most barber shaving mugs were imported from France or Germany undecorated: it was customary to have the mug then hand decorated with the shaver’s occupation and name.Genuine examples of these types of vintage mugs command the highest prices on internet auction sites.Barber shops sold mugs with the owners’ names on them partly because they thought that shaving rash came from sharing the same soap.