Before My Time is about the ancestry and extended family of my four grandparents: John Samuel Krentz (Indiana/North Dakota), Margreta Tjode Hedwig (Gertie) Buss (North Dakota), Rosmer Pettis Kerr (Pennsylvania/Michigan), and Evelyn Elvina Hauer (Michigan). Archives, Labels (tags), and other links appear at the bottom of the page.

Monday, June 21, 2010

117 Years Ago Today: A Wedding and an Odd Little Cup


I must have been about ten years old when my grandmother, Evelyn Hauer Kerr, gave this little cup to me. If she told me anything about it at the time, I surely don't remember now. I happened to find it the other day while I was looking for something else. I hadn't seen it for quite awhile and I'd been wondering where it was; I'd been wanting to put it in The Mausoleum with my other heirlooms.

Oddly, I hadn't remembered there was a handwritten date on the bottom. It must not have meant anything to me when I was a kid. But today, as a family historian, I went straight to my family tree database to see what happened on June 21, 1893.

I started with Evelyn. She wasn't born until 1894, and her husband Rosmer was born in 1892, so I moved on to Evelyn's parents. And there it was. Felix Hauer and Lizzie Schulte were married on June 21, 1893, in Detroit, Michigan.

But . . . ??? What an odd little wedding keepsake! Or is it a wedding keepsake at all? Who wrote the date on the bottom? What, if anything, is the significance of the cup? These questions will go unanswered; there's no one left who would know.
Update, 26 November 2014:
I've made the funniest discovery about this little item. I was online kidding a friend about getting a chamberpot while her bathroom is being remodeled, and I decided to look for one on ebay. In so doing, I discovered that this little cup is actually a miniature mochaware chamberpot. It may have been made for use as a salesman's sample. The regular-sized one currently for sale on ebay is pictured below. (My miniature pot appears very yellow in the picture above, but I can only claim bad lighting, because in fact it is much closer to the color of the full-sized chamberpot in the ebay photo.)

And now I am even more curious about the wedding date on the bottom. Might this have been given as a funny wedding gift? I'd like to think so!

For more about mochaware, read Yankee Magazine's Antiques: Mochaware or Mochaware: The Hidden Utility Gem at Colonial Sense.

4 comments:

Greta Koehl said...

Very curious - but still, a neat little keepsake. Were any notices/articles published about the wedding at the time?

T.K. said...

Not that I've found, Greta. After your question, I checked the Detroit Free Press archives via ProQuest, but didn't find anything about the marriage of Felix and Elizabeth. I did find a few other items of interest though, so it was worth doing! Thanks for the nudge!

Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

Interesting! It looks like a child's play cup, but the date written on the bottom is intriguing. Please keep us posted if you find anything else.

T.K. said...

Thanks, Amy, I will. You just never know when some more of my grandma's notes might turn up, or what little nuggets they might contain!

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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