Enjoy your coffee, Navy style!

A good day has to start with a nice cup of coffee, and it tastes even better when served in a nice Navy cup πŸ˜› Here are two examples of U.S. Navy mugs/cups, WW2 mug and a later style. Even the WW2 ones can still be found rather cheap if you look around carefully.

The classic WW2 mug does not have a handle, it is often called theΒ  “Watch Duty Hand Warmer” mug

It features the old Corning Ware / Glass Blower logo (later Pyrex). It’s hard to make out, couldn’t get a good photo of it somehow…

Here is the later style which was used up to the 1970s/80s i think?

Some photos:

Marines, looking grimy and weary from 2 days & 2 nights of fighting on Eniwetok Atoll

“WAVES”, 1943

Marines, 1941


Can’t see them? Bottom right corner πŸ˜‰

~ by m1pencil on September 21, 2012.

7 Responses to “Enjoy your coffee, Navy style!”

  1. From what I understand (have read), most of the handle-less WWII military coffee mugs were china (whiteware), not the Pyrex ones; in some of the photos you posted they do look more like the china ones. Cool post!

    • Hi, I think you are right, some look indeed like china. I guess several styles of cups were in use? I got a pyrex style mug from a guy who’s dad brought it back from WW2 (gave it to me for free, so there was no need to make up a story to increase value πŸ˜‰ ). Will try to find out more, I love those nerdy little topics haha πŸ˜€

  2. Great Article. I have quite a few of these Corningware ones that went through the war (WWII), including one that survived the attack on Pearl Harbor onboard the USS Maryland. Great little cups that sure have stood the test of time.

  3. I was told by fellow militaria collectors that the Pyrex ones were from late WWII or the 1950s, and the china ones were first issued prior to WWI, by circa 1912 or so. Thanks for the post!

  4. Hello everyone, I wonder how much the price of the mug that has no handle if you are going to buy one. I hope to hear from you guys soon.

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