Collecting mugs have always been my hobby. I like to hang out in the fair, looking for unique mugs in a variety of styles, such as Baroque, Gothic, Zen style, and so on, to suit any particular needs. After all, it’s a pleasure to use a cute mug for drinking, even though the beverage is not good.
The mug is a kind of drinking cup, usually cylindrical in shape, having a handle, and often of a heavy substance like earthenware. Nowadays, mugs have played an increasingly important role in people’s daily life, and the choice of mugs is also bewildering. However, do you know the origin and development of mugs? Have you ever wondered why your mug is so designed? Is there any brand that you prefer?
In this blog, we will share with you the stories of the mug from the perspective of history, culture, and art.
Opinions are widely divided about the origin of the mug.
It is said that mugs can date back to the Neolithic Age. The first archaic mug was found in China. However, it was not so much a mug as a hollow cylinder made of clay with no handle. Archaeologists speculated that the utensil was designed for sacrificial ceremonies rather than for daily use. Another mug, discovered in Greece with a history of nearly 5000 years, was decorated with some patterns and had a handle, which we still can’t prove had any function. And the rim of the cylindrical vessel was too thick and rough to be used for drinking, so whether or not it is the so-called mug is arguable.
Since coming into the Iron Age, the period of time when ironworking was the most sophisticated type of metallurgy, humans began to learn how to make tools and use tools. Therefore, the lips of these cylindrical vessels at this time became thinner and thinner, and more suitable for drinking. Metals like gold, copper, silver, etc. were also used to make cylinder-shaped utensils. It was until 600 B.C. that there were drinking utensils made of porcelain, which looked a little bit like modern mugs. From then on, ceramic cups can be seen everywhere, and are still very popular now.
Another opinion is also interesting. In the 16th century, the Nordics used this kind of cylindrical vessel to hold liquid, especially hot water, soup, coffee, milk, etc. And it is presumed that there were earthenware utensils at that time, including bowls, wide mouth pots with handles, washbasins, and so on, which were collectively called “mug”.
The popularity of mugs in the western world comes in recent decades, which is related to the women’s movement. In the 19th century, mugs were regarded as the vessels used by the lower middle class because of their wide mouth, thick wall, and bad workmanship. As a result, mugs were more likely to be used at home. This concept didn’t change until the early 20th century. The women’s movement reached a climax in the 1920s when many women went out to seek jobs. In the past, housewives preferred mugs. And after hitting the workforce, they thought that there should be a type of water container that was durable and reliable, not fragile, and only decorative. And mug exactly catered to their needs. That’s why it becomes a symbol of women entering the workplace.
World War II provides just the catalyst for the development of mugs as well. The modern mugs were first created by an American company called VICTOR in 1945 in which they received an order from US Navy. They were asked to design a model of a coffee mug with thicker walls and heavyweight, aiming to avoid tipping up and smashing into pieces, for you know, the ship was always rocking on the waves and it was hard to prevent the mugs from shaking. These innovative mugs soon became in vogue in the whole society then.
So is Britain. Just as the piano was a necessity for middle-class families a hundred years ago, bone china drinkware was also a symbol of higher social status and greater wealth at that time. A set of bone china utensils or more displayed in the cabinet was even a feather in your cap. Things changed in the 1970s. With the gradual popularity of coffee, the old tiny drinking utensils have been squeezed into the corner, and the mugs are taking center-stage. Now, only in the shops special for foreign tourists or second-hand markets can you find these exquisite bone china tea sets that frequently appear in Downton Abbey. Coffee mugs are undoubtedly the king of daily life.
Some Models of Modern Mugs
Less is more. One-piece construction body with a smooth line design makes the mug looks simple and elegant, giving you an endless space for imagination. What’s more, equipped with premium 18/10 316 stainless steel, the double-wall vacuum-insulated mug is durable and of lasting use. It is a perfect choice for office, home, outdoor and other occasions.
Multiple Options to Drink
Fashionable and young appearance is attractive, but practicality is the main attraction of this mug. We offer you two options to drink: wide-mouth spout for swigging, while built-in straw for sipping. Choose the one you prefer. Besides, the new Austria Powder Coating technology is much higher adhesion than a regular coating, and more importantly, eco-friendly, just for our better planet.
Coffee to Go
Have you ever been tired of these cookie-cutter disposable cups? This mug is a good alternative. The large capacity of 520ml can cater to your daily needs. And the double-wall vacuum-insulated design helps maintain the temperature of the liquid your pour inside, so you can enjoy your drinks until the last sip. Do not hesitate to make an order and bring your own mug while entering a café.
A Perfect Office Companion
This simple but durable mug is very suitable for office workers. On the one hand, the solid color appearance with the letter logo printed is classic and never out of style. On the other hand, the detachable cover lid can prevent heat from escaping, and keep bugs and dust out of your drinks, which is more hygienic than ordinary cups without a lid.