But what are they? What is this strange object for?
So I was surprised to find that this lettering (not at all illegible!) is French and simply states Au Gui LAn Nouveau a variant on the usual Au Gui LAn Neuf the traditional French Mistletoe for the New Year slogan. Cant think why the vendor didnt notice this.
But it partially answers the mystery its something for the New Year. And judging by the obvious wear to the mug sides it has been in regular use perhaps passed round a drunken crowd in the early hours of January 1st for some decades?
But this isnt a particularly fine example of the type compare it with this pic of a much classier version, also recently advertised on Ebay. This has a maker’s name ‘Jules Brateau’ and a date of c 1900.
This posher one had a reserve of several £100, but I picked up my version for just £30 I think I prefer mine, not cos it was cheaper but because its obviously been used.