Absolutely not! Because of their durability and timeless design, these mugs are available to anyone. In addition to being a stylish and different way to enjoy your coffee, they make a great gift for loved ones who would enjoy that historical connection. Promotions, retirements, hail & farewell ceremonies, Christmas gifts–the list is almost endless.
We found the fragments used to recreate The 1917 Centennial Watch Mug™ in the surf zone at Glass Beach, aboard Guantanamo Bay Naval Station. Glass Beach takes its name from all the beach glass found there, rounded by the surf.
Glass Beach Mugs, LLC, is the exclusive vendor for orders in quantity of The 1917 Centennial Watch Mug™. Click on “Contact” to send us an email request for information. Please include a name, work phone number, and a good time to contact you.
Here are the key dates for orders completed (that is, orders fully paid):
25 September 2017 Deadline for parcel post military deliveries in Europe/Atlantic (APO/FPO AE ZIP Codes beginning 090—092 and 094—099). After this date, no orders for an APO/FPO address can be accepted for delivery by November 10.
25 September 2017 Deadline for parcel post military deliveries in Japan/Korea/Pacific Islands/Far East (APO/FPO AP ZIP Codes beginning 962–966). After this date, no orders for an APO/FPO address can be accepted for delivery by November 10.
5 October 2017 Deadline for parcel post military deliveries in Iraq/Afghanistan/Middle East (APO/FPO AE ZIP Codes beginning 093). After this date, no orders for an APO/FPO address can be accepted for delivery by November 10.
9 October 2017 Deadline for parcel post military deliveries in Central America/South America/Caribbean (APO/FPO AA ZIP Codes beginning 340). After this date, no orders for an APO/FPO address can be accepted for delivery by November 10.
16 October 2017 The Shipping Bite Deadline. Additional expedited shipping charges will apply on or after this date.
23 October 2017 The Non-negotiable Last Chance No-S**t Deadline. Orders for expedited (i.e., more expensive) shipping in time for the 2017 Birthday Ball can only be accepted at purchaser’s risk on or after this date. Glass Beach Mugs, LLC, will not be responsible for orders placed on or after this date but delivered too late for your unit’s 2017 Birthday Ball.
Physically, they’re really close; if a burning mess hall hadn’t collapsed on them, we might still be using the durable originals today. Chemically, they’re different. Our unscorched original fragments of Marine Corps mess hall porcelain from the early twentieth century have a faintly blue tint that is unique to lead-infused glazes. Homer Laughlin China Company uses only lead-free glazes, so we had to give up that aspect of historical accuracy! Geometrically, the replicas are so close to the fragment dimensions that if an intact original survived (and we’ve been looking for 10 years without finding one), it might be difficult for the naked eye to distinguish one from another.
We only offer mugs that pass Homer Laughlin China Company’s rigorous quality control program. Factory seconds of The 1917 Centennial Watch Mug™ are not offered for sale anywhere. If your mug appears defective, please email us via the “Contact” link. We’ll send you directions about how to return the mug for a free replacement. You might be interested to know that many of the historical sherds we found on Glass Beach at Guantanamo Bay included blemishes that today would make them factory seconds. These include pits in the glaze (caused by air bubbles), drooping glaze (known now as glaze sag), and idiosyncratic marks inside the mug made by the jigger, the tool that shaped the mug’s inside geometry. Circular marks in the inside bottom of the mug are a common byproduct of jiggering and are not considered defects.
Cook away—full speed ahead (but clean out the coffee residue first!) The 1917 Centennial Watch Mug™ is microwavable and ovenproof to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. One co-founder of Glass Beach Mugs, LLC, has a chef brother who is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. When we told Chef Pierce about how the Marines who drank from mugs like these went to France and saved Paris, he served us French onion soup in them.