Q My wife was a collector of mustache cups and she accumulated about fifty of them before she died. I’m not sure what to do with them and would like to know if they have any value.

A Mustache cups were popular from 1850 to 1900 when large, flowing mustaches were popular. A mustache cup had a ledge of china or silver that kept the hair out of the liquid in the cup and kept the mustache wax from melting. Mustache cups have sold at auctions in the past year for about $30 to over $100. Left-handed mustache cups are rare but have been reproduced. Left-handed mustache cups have sold for over $400. You can consign your collection to an auction house or contact an antiques store in your area to see what they will offer you for them.

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