This Colonel Conk rectangular barber shaving mug has a built-in soap dish on top, with a reservoir underneath to catch excess soap and water. The top measures 3-1/2″ x 5″. This ceramic mug is individually boxed and includes one Colonel Conk almond shaving soap.
It may also be considered a shaving scuttle in the traditional style. The shallow holder with drain holes at the top holds a cake of shaving soap. Through the opening beside the holder, the mug can be filled with boiling hot water from a tea kettle. The shaving brush can then be dunked into the water through the opening to heat it up before swishing it around on the soap on the top. This creates warm lather for shaving. The drain holes allow excess water to drain back into the mug and keeps the hard soap from dissolving completely. The water will hold enough heat for a comfortable shave.
Colonel Ichabod Conk Products, Inc., with headquarters in New Mexico, has sold quality “gentlemen’s grooming products” for over 150 years. Thus, their motto is “150 Years of Clean Living”.