Both of these pieces offer numerous decorating possibilities.
You might use the comb holder to display antique combs or a small
period photograph, jewelry, or a ladys handkerchief. The
shaving mug, along with an old brush, soap, and razor, and perhaps
some dried flowers, would add an attractive decorative touch
to a bathroom.
Tin shaving mugs (left) were common from the early 1800s
through the Civil War era. A hole at the base of the compartment
on the side of the cup allowed water to drain and enabled the
bar of soap that was stored in the compartment to stay dry. Some
came with a shallow cup that fit into the top of the mug and
held a round cake of soap.
||Shaving Mug 3Dia x 4H
A comb holder was used to hold ladies straight hair
combs. Made from wood and the horns of cattle, combs attracted
the attention of mice making it necessary to store them out of
their reach. Although some references identify this comb holder
as a match safe,
the Dover Stamping Co. catalog (1869) lists it as a comb holder.
While they may have been used as a match safe, match safes were
generally made with a hinged cover to protect the matches from
errant sparks. A hand-forged nail is included with the comb
||Comb Holder 4 ½W x 1 ½D
x 7 ½H