Marine Corps Birthday Ball 2017 Orders

Hey, guys, I realize you’re big-spending officers, but this mug costs more than what my unit paid for the Birthday Ball souvenir last year. This is turning into an expensive ticket; is that the best you can do on price?

Its true that the mug price is more than the cost of a commemorative coin or beer coozie or bottle opener, but unlike those things, The 1917 Centennial Watch Mug™ is an authentic part of your history.  It’s made in USA, and probably those cheap souvenirs aren’t, even if they are licensed by the U.S. Marine Corps Trademark Office.  Plus, our price is less than half the manufacturers suggested retail price of $29.99, which means that if you bought it in a store, you could pay over twice the Birthday Ball cost.

How can I get my hands on these for my unit’s Marine Corps Birthday Ball celebration?

Glass Beach Mugs, LLC, is the exclusive vendor for orders in quantity of The 1917 Centennial Watch Mug™. Click on the “Contact Us” tab to send us an email request for information.  Please include a name, work phone number, and a good time to contact you.

I’ve just been assigned as the 2017 Marine Corps Birthday Ball coordinator, and I really like the historical significance of The 1917 Centennial Watch Mug. But the first sergeant gave me the Birthday Ball budget figures for this year, and I don’t see how we can make it work. Can you suggest anything?

That’s an understandable problem, but it’s easy to fix if you plan ahead.  Start fund-raising now.  If you have enough time, it’s not hard to build up a fund for the Birthday Ball.  Purchase a dozen mugs immediately, and hold weekly drawings for them.  You’re sure to make more than the purchase price, and it’s a great way to help your Marines connect to their history.

You can also raise money with sales of baked goods, vehicle washes, and so on.  Send us pictures and descriptions of your fund-raising activities, and we’ll post them on the Glass Beach Mugs, LLC, Facebook site!

The planning for my unit’s Birthday Ball last year was a real LeapEx, and to make things worse, we didn’t get started until late. If that happens again, we might not be ready to order until you have sold out. Is there any way to reserve mugs without paying for the total?

We understand that most units don’t start selling tickets to the Birthday Ball until September, and yes, we might sell out.  But if you’re in charge of this year’s Birthday Ball preparations and you make a down payment for a dozen mugs by 29 September 2017, we’ll set aside the number you estimate until 10 October.  If you remit full payment by 10 October, then you’ll have your mugs.

What’s the deadline for a Marine Corps Birthday Ball 2017 order?

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 090092 and 094099).  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 962966).  After this date, no orders for an APO/FPO address can be accepted for delivery by November 10.

29 September 2017  Deadline to guarantee your unit’s mugs by purchasing one dozen mugs.  This initial dozen will be shipped to you promptly as soon as you purchase it.  (In other words, when you make the deposit and get your first case, you can use those mugs for fund-raising drawings.)

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.

9 October 2017  Deadline to complete reserved orders, i.e., to pay in full for the quantity of mugs you reserved by the 1 September reservation deadline above.  Reserved orders that have not been paid by this date can no longer be guaranteed for delivery by 10 November 2017.

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 2016 Birthday Ball can only be accepted at purchasers 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 units 2017 Birthday Ball.

Shipping & Handling

How many mugs are packed in a carton?

For Birthday Ball orders, The 1917 Centennial Watch Mugwill ship bulk-packed, 12 to a carton.  So, for example, if your unit ordered 60 mugs, then you would receive 5 cartons of a dozen mugs each.  For retail orders, a single mug ships in an individual carton.  Larger retail orders may ship in a master shipping carton.  Merchant orders of retail-ready individual cartons ship twelve per master shipping carton.

My unit will be deployed outside CONUS during the 2017 Birthday observation. How will you ship the mugs to us?

We will send your mugs via U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to your point of contacts APO or FPO address.  The USPS deadlines for parcel post military deliveries presently are as follows (but do check the USPS web site to make sure this is current).

25 September 2017  Deadline for parcel post military deliveries in Europe/Atlantic (APO/FPO AE ZIP Codes beginning 090092 and 094099).  After this date, no orders for an APO/FPO address can be guaranteed 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 962966).  After this date, no orders for an APO/FPO address can be guaranteed for delivery by November 10.

6 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 guaranteed 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 guaranteed for delivery by November 10.

What is your Return Policy?

We allow returns within 30 days of receipt of your order.  You are responsible for return postage unless the item was sent in error or the item was damaged/defective.  Please email us through the “Contact Us” tab if you need more information.

What is your shipping policy?

–We offset the cost of shipping retail mugs sold via our website with a shipping charge of $5 per order through 3 mugs.  We offer free shipping for orders of 4 or more mugs.

–We ship unit orders for Marine Corps Birthday Ball souvenirs in cartons of one dozen mugs each.

–For east coast units ordering Marine Corps Birthday Ball souvenirs, shipping is 50 cents per mug.  That’s a deal:  an 18-pound carton for $6.

–For units west of North Carolina ordering Marine Corps Birthday Ball souvenirs, shipping is $18 per carton–still a good deal.

–We ship to all Army Post Office, Diplomatic Post Office, and Fleet Post Office addresses solely via U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail®.  Shipping is $18 per carton of one dozen mugs.

Your shopping cart says ‘Allow 2-3 weeks for shipping.’ Why so long?

Typically your mugs arrive much faster than that, but sometimes packing an order can be slowed by holidays when the order fulfillment center is closed or by bad weather.  Shipping times also vary.  We ship via U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail®, which means that once the package arrives at a postal facility, the usual delivery times are two to three days.  But that too can vary.  Since we can’t control those factors, we’re not promising a fast delivery…but as people frequently note on our FaceBook page, the mugs often arrive in much less than two weeks.

Miscellaneous Questions

Do I have to be a Marine to order one or more of these mugs?

Absolutely not!  Because of their durability and timeless design, these mugs are available to anyone who wants to own one or add to their collection of hotel ware.  In addition to being a stylish and different way to enjoy your coffee, they make a great gift for loved ones who would certainly enjoy sharing in that historical connection.  Promotions, retirements, hail & farewell ceremonies, Christmas gifts–the list is almost endless…

How close are The 1917 Centennial Watch Mug replicas to the original “U.S.M.C. 1917” mugs?

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 un-scorched 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 configuration that if an intact original survived (and we’ve been looking for 10 years but couldn’t find one), it might be difficult for the naked eye to distinguish one from another.

I see a blemish on my 1917 Centennial Watch Mug. What’s with that?

Depends on the blemish.  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 Us” tab.  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 by-product of jiggering.

I’d like to cook something in my 1917 Centennial Watch Mug, but my girlfriend says that’s just nuts. What do you think?

Cook away—full speed ahead (but clean out the coffee residue first!).  The 1917 Centennial Watch Mug™ is microwavable and oven-proof 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 borrowed some mugs and served French onion soup in them.

The 1917 Centennial Watch Mug is high-fired porcelain, so why do you call yourselves Glass Beach Mugs, LLC?

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.