Antiques dealer discovers $6,000 shaving mug

SEATTLE – Her budding, three year career selling antiques and collectibles on eBay just hit a jackpot for emerging antiques dealer Cynthia Kelly. She recently sold an antique occupational shaving mug on eBay for almost $6,000 after following a hunch at a local auction.

That’s an impressive price for such a piece when compared to the prices realized at recent auctions held for occupational shaving mugs. The mug was purchased by another antiques dealer/collector in Pennsylvania, who boasts a collection of more than 200 mugs, Kelly said.

The occupational shaving mugs were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and added a touch of individuality to a gent.

“It was also a huge surprise for me!” Kelly told Antique Trader magazine. “I invested $22.50 in the mug at an estate auction and had only expected it to bring $100 to $200. When someone offered me $750 to ‘Buy it Now’ during the course of the auction, I knew I had something good. I turned down the offer and kept the auction running.

“When I saw the final end price of $5,998, I was in shock for about 15 minutes straight. The money went to pay off the rest of my student loans (I’m a young antique dealer at only 23), so the money came at a great time,” she said.

All of Kelly’s auctions through her eBay store at This self proclaimed “thrift-store junkee” also promotes a blog about her adventures (and her golden retriever Sammy) at The Cynch, leman’s daily shaving routine. The barber shop collectible is much sought after by collectors across many different areas.

This is Kelly’s biggest sale so far with the online auction site.

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