Monday, 7 April 2014

Mugshot Monday #10 - Vintage train

Howdy, campers!

How are we all today? Good weekend? I had a horrible headache on Saturday, which meant the day was a write-off. Cue sofa nest, Soldier snuggles and plenty of Criminal Minds. The ache was still lingering on Sunday, but I was able to drag myself out of the house for a bit, so the weekend wasn't a total bust. My fella bought me a few things for the house that I'd been eyeing up, which I'll share a bit later in the week.

And now to the task at hand! Which mug-shaped treat do I have in store for your eye peepers today?...

This little vintage offering is over twenty years old and is the second mug I've featured that came with an easter egg (what can I say - easter eggs are one of my longtime loves). My older brother and I must've been about four or five when we were both given one of these mugs by our uncle and aunty, which I believe they'd bought during a holiday in Europe. The bottom of the mug says "Arcopal France" - hmm, this could be a clue! It's made of milk glass and I remember they had two small solid chocolate, sugar coated eggs in them. 

The design is p-r-e-t-t-y weird! It wraps all the way round and features a train scene, with various animals. But some of them are kinda odd looking - what's with the red mouse on the roof?! Especially as there's another, normal looking mouse in the next carriage (well, as normal as a cartoon, clothed mouse on a train can be). Other creatures include a kangaroo going skiing, a hippo (or is it a weird horse? I never could tell) and a crow-type bird with his hair feathers in a bun. The expression on the cow's face always made me hate her a little bit - so cross and uppity! And the monkey always creeped me out. 

I always liked the stylish lady fox, the bunny with the suitcase and the lamb wearing a flat cap, the best. 

The more I look at it, the weirder it gets. It's actually kinda creepy, but that's why I like it. I've never seen another one anything like it and this makes it a keeper - I love odd, rare things.

A quick google tells me, "Arcopal France was the first line of dinnerware manufactured by ARC International, a French manufacturer of household goods. The line, now discontinued, was of superior durability. Arcopal dinnerware is a popular, highly sought-after dinnerware because of its lightness, strength and ease of use."

Interesting! The fact it's discontinued makes me definitely want to hang onto this mug. And its age certainly attests to the durability the brand was known for. I also had a look on Etsy for anything similar. There are three pages of Arcopal France, mostly cute vintage patterns, but there are a couple of weird mugs in the same vein as mine, like this weiner dog and this strange Smarties party. I really like this one though. 

What do you think? Have you ever seen one like this? Do let me know!


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  1. LOVING Mugshot Monday! What a brilliant idea! I have a cupboard full at home that I've collected over the years, god only knows what's hiding in the back, you've inspired me to go and have a look!

    Hope your head is feeling better now x

    1. Thanks, lovely! The headache has finally buggered off, thankfully. Glad you're enjoying my Mugshot series! I really love doing them each week :) xo

  2. I say it's definitely unique LOL!

  3. Haha I really enjoy these posts! I remember having a few mugs with these sorts of designs when I was a child.xx

    1. Thanks, Kim! What am I gonna do when I run out of mugs?!...I'll have to buy some more ;) xx


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