* Prices may differ from that shown
This cup was a present from a friend last Christmas. This cup features the more traditional phrase 'Keep calm and carry on' though I have seen other similar phrases elsewhere such as 'Keep calm and eat cupcakes'.
The phrase itself dates back to 1939 and was used on motivational posters which were used to keep morale high in the face of the world war that was rumoured to be starting. The poster only had limited distribution, and it was only in the 2000's that it really started to come into people's consciousness.
My cup is a bright red, with the phrase written on it in white. It also has the phrase written on the base of the cup. The handle is also red, although there is a white band around the red handle. It looks very traditional and retro. It came in a matching box, and is made of fine china.
As I don't often drink tea or coffee, my dad has taken over ownership of this cup. It is used daily for tea, and washed frequently. There has been no discolouration or stains inside the cup and it still looks perfect. I don't own a dishwasher, so I can't comment on whether frequent use in a dishwasher would affect it, but it is dishwasher and microwave safe.
While something like a cup is a tough review to write, as there's only so much you can say, but I would recommend this cup. It has lasted well and still looks like new a year on. It's very retro, so would be an ideal gift for someone who is into the retro look or just likes the phrase. I do feel that the phrase is slightly overused these days, but this is only my own personal opinion.
As mine was a gift, I am unsure of how much it cost, or where it was bought from, but they are currently available on Amazon at a cost of £4.95.
I bought this mug ages ago because I see this phrase all around these days. :) I bought it for my mum but I use it all the time. I think I got it from a Clinton card shop but I am not sure.
*What does it look like*
The mug is white with a bright red strip across the middle. It says KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON in old fashioned type writing (which is also in white). Someone told me they used to put posters like this up during the second world war but it has come back in a big way in the modern day! There are lots of variants like KEEP CALM AND DRINK TEA which to be honest might have been more relevant to this cup. :)
*What's it made of*
The mug is ceramic and a standard tea cup size! (Or coffee cup size!) The rim is slightly too small to dip a biscuit in though... unless its a bourbon cream!
It gets hot to the touch, more so than other cups, but the handle remains cool.
So far the cup has not been stained on the inside despite being used often.
It can be washed using the dishwasher and so far we have had no problems with fading or the transfer peeling or anything else. It has not cracked or broken either. We have been using it for several months now and have had no problems.
It is a nice cup! It is £4 from Amazon. It comes in a gift box with a picture of the mug on the outside.
*Would I recommend it*
I would recommend it if you like the design or know someone who would!
I received this mug for Christmas, raising the ancient question that has plagued philosophers for centuries 'what kind of cheapskate buys someone a mug for Christmas?'
Still it's hard to remain cynical when you realise what a fine product this is. The mug is an ingenious contraption capable of holding liquids as someone has cleverly hollowed out the interior. Here you can place your liquid of choice - both hot and cold! The handle on the side (see photo) then ensures you can lift the mug to your face to either sip the delicious liquid contained within or if you simply want to get a better look at the contents of your mug.
Speaking of things worth looking at, the mug also has a mysterious text scrawled across the side saying 'Keep Calm and Carry On'. I assume this is a health and safety message, warning you to 'keep' a 'calm' emotional state when using your mug, 'and' that once you have successfully calmed yourself to a mood more appropriate for mug using, you are free to 'carry' 'on' using the mug. Grand advice indeed!
Alas nothing in life is perfect, and this charming mug is no exception. The mug is made out of a material that
I am convinced is damageable. To test this theorem, I purchased several other mugs made from the same material and threw them out of my bedroom window. They all smashed apart from one that fell in a bush. Research tells me that mug probably would have smashed if it hadn't landed in the bush, and that the mug got lucky. I warn you to be careful of dropping the Keep Calm and Carry On mug as it can be damaged or broken. Remember MUGS ARE NOT INVINCIBLE.
Regardless of this design flaw, the Keep Calm and Carry On mug comes highly recommended. Now if you'll excuse me I think I'll enjoy another hot beverage using you-know-what! (the mug!)
The Keep Calm and Carry On Red Mug was bought for me by a work colleague after I jokingly pointed out that I didn't have a special work mug. I don't know how much she paid for it, but I note that it is currently on Amazon for £4.46. I think this is an okay price, although I have seen in the shops that they can cost quite a bit more than this. The "Keep Calm and Carry On" logo obviously goes back to WWII and it has become popular again in the last few years - maybe because it is so apt to so many situations.
The mug is red and has the "Keep Calm and Carry On" logo printed on the front of the mug, with a picture of a crown also. The inside of the mug is white and the handle is also white. It has a basic design, but it is partly the simplicity that is so appealing. It comes in a gift box which is also red and has a picture of the mug on the front. It is presented nicely and so would make a nice small gift for anyone.
The mug is actually pretty high quality as it is bone china and so it does need some looking after. The mug is oversized and it's a nice size for a steaming hot cup of coffee. Because it is made of bone china it could be prone to chipping or cracking, but actually I've had this mug for about 18 months and, at the present time, it has no chips or cracks in it, despite almost daily use. In addition to this, the design has not faded at all and it looks good as new.
I regularly put the mug in the dishwasher and there doesn't seem to be any ill-effects by doing so.
Overall, I think this is a decent product and I would recommend it.
A History Lesson...
The 'Keep Calm and Carry On' phrase seems to be everywhere at the moment, from posters to keyrings and t-shirts to mobile phone cases. The phrase originated in 1939 when, with the outbreak of World War Two, the Ministry of Information was given the task of producing posters to boost morale throughout Britain. Three posters, all featuring the crown of King George VI, were produced, but only two were actually displayed, reading 'Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring us Victory' and 'Freedom is in Peril'. The third design, containing the text 'Keep Calm and Carry On' was only intended to be used if Britain was invaded by Nazi forces, and so was never displayed during the wartime era. Many posters were destroyed in the years following the end of the war, but in the year 2000 a bookseller happened to find one of the original posters and more were uncovered in the following months and years. After some initial popularity in the early years of the new millennium, the phrase disappeared, only to re-emerge and gain a newfound popularity in 2011. Now there is a huge amount of merchandise available bearing the logo.
I decided that I wanted to buy a mug with a red background as it would look good in my house and red would be in-keeping with the patriotic nature of the design. My mug has the 'Keep Calm and Carry On' logo printed on both sides, in white writing on a red background with white edges, exactly like the image above.
The mug is made of good-quality china, but despite the sometimes fragile nature of this material it hasn't broken or chipped at all yet, so it seems to be quite resilient. It isn't particularly thick or chunky, but it's also not too thin; I think the thickness of this mug is perfect. My mug is slightly larger in size than the average mug, which I find advantageous as I sometimes need a big old mug of coffee to wake me up in the morning. Although it is white inside, I've found that it is easy to clean and I've not been left with any stains or tidemarks despite using it for tea, coffee and squash. The design also seems quite resilient and has not rubbed off or faded despite having been washed a fair few times.
I'm not entirely sure whether this mug is dishwasher or microwave safe unfortunately, as my mug did not come in a box and there is no text to confirm so on the underside of the mug. I don't have a dishwasher but I have inadvertently microwaved my mug a couple of times with no problems, although I'm going to try to avoid doing so as I wouldn't want to ruin my mug.
Price and Availability
I purchased my mug from Amazon, where they were selling a variety of 'Keep Calm and Carry On' mugs in various sizes. I opted for the standard sized mug in red, but a cursory glance on Amazon shows that the mug is also available with pink, blue and brown backgrounds and in small, large and travel mug size.
I paid £3.99 for mine with free delivery, which I thought was reasonable for a good quality mug, if a little on the expensive side. Looking on Amazon, though, prices vary wildly so it is worth shopping around to get a good deal. As well as being sold online, I've also seen similar mugs on sale in card / gift shops and supermarkets, and even in some budget 'pound stretcher' type stores.
I've been really happy with my mug. I'm a big fan of the design and the history behind it and the bright red colour makes it a cheery addition to my kitchen or desk. I'm sure it would be a great present for anyone into retro / nostalgic type items and I'm sure that the patriotic 'Keep Calm and Carry On' motif will remain popular this year what with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.
The quality of my mug is something that I've been really pleased with, and it really does look as good as new despite me having used it on many occasions. I'd say that the only downside of this product is that it can be pretty pricey so I'd definitely recommend checking different websites and shops to ensure that you get a good deal.
Four out of five stars from me - I'm just deducting the one point as I think that cheaper mugs of the same quality can be bought.
Keep calm and carry on is a phrase that's sprung back to life in the past couple of years and pretty much everyone, well almost everyone that I know anyway, has a poster or keyring with the phrase on it. The phrase was originally produced by the british government as a quote for propaganda posters during the second world war to help raise the spirits of people living in poverty and fear. I'm not sure why the quote has become so popular in recent years but never the less I love it and it has certinaly become one of the must have in-things amongst my age group (young adults) and even teenagers have posters of it too - my brother who's younger than me has got a brown one, i've got a red one in my bedroom and my mum has also got a mint green one in the kitchen.
My local B&M store recently began selling Keep Calm and Carry On merchandise - chopping boards, aprons and so on, which I thought looked a little tacky, however when I saw this mug just before Christmas I fell in love with it and snapped a couple of them up for a bargain £1.89 each. I decided to purchase six all together, one for myself and the rest as a little gift for some of my friends who I know love the quote. The mugs didn't come in a box (like it is in the picture) but it is identical to the Dooyoo picture. The mug is widely available and can be purchased from gift/card shops or alternatively Amazon. The offficial keep calm and carry on (keepcalmandcarryon.com) website also sells them in a range of different designs. The RRP is £7.95 which I think is ridiculous and I am glad I got mine for so cheap as I defiently wouldn't pay the RRP. I have a feeling the ones in B&M were cheap because they didn't have boxes.
The mug doesn't hold a lot of liquid and it holds 250ml all together which is smaller than a can of coke. It is made of bone china, and is solid but lightweight enough even when full to hold comfortably. The design of the mug is basic, it's white with a red rectangle on the back and front and each reads 'Keep calm and carry on' in white font. Above the quote is a crown - it looks just like the posters. Mine isn't a solid red colour and it has a white background. I would of preferred it to be red all over but for the price I paid i'm not going to complain! It's very eye catching and it's also unisex.
Inside it's white, so with coffee and hot chocolate etc it leaves marks and stains but as the mug is dishwasher safe it's easy to clean and remove any markings. The handle is a decent size and I am able to either hold it with my fingers or wrap my hands around the inside of the handle with my thumb on the outside - it's plenty big enough and the handle feels sturdy. The mug insulates the drinks well and warms up quickly but the handle doesn't get as hot as quickly so it's not awkward to hold. It is microwave safe so I am able to mix together a coffee and just stick it in the microwave to warm up rather than waiting for the kettle to boil.
The mug is eye catching and I really like it. It's good quality but the full RRP is a bit over the top although if you like it and don't mind paying almost £8 for a mug, then i'd reccomend it. It would make a lovely gift too!
Let's start with a very short history lesson. The saying "Keep Calm and Carry On" was first introduced in 1939 as a propaganda poster by the British Government intended to raise moral in case of invasion during the war. This could be why it has been making a steady return to our day to day lives in the form of tea towels, T-shirts, mouse mats and cups just to name a few as the British Moral is pretty low at the moment due to the economic crises and other world issues.
What I am about to review here is the "Keep Calm and Carry On" mug that my daughter brought for my husband as Christmas present this year just gone. The mug came (as most things do in my house) from Amazon.co.uk and cost £5.99. I have seen cheaper versions of this mug in supermarkets and various card shops and have to say that while you may save yourself a few pounds the print quality on the cheaper mugs is no where near as clear, sharp and vibrant as the printing on the mug from amazon.co.uk.
The mug itself came in a nice snug box with plenty of protective packaging so my fears over a jigsaw cup for Christmas where wholly unfounded. As this came in a box it was very easy to wrap, no grabbing the handle a saying "Ummm, is it socks?"
Once out of the box the mug is a glossy pillar box red with the "Keep Calm and Carry On" logo on the front and backside of the cup, so no matter which way you hold your cup (lefty or righty) you can see the logo. Above the writing is a crown, nicely tying in with the stiff upper lip and moral boosting saying.
The cup itself stands 9.7cm tall and has a width of 8.5cm and a circumference of 27.5 cm. Those measurements make it one sturdy cup and very unlikely to get toppled over. The handle of the cup is 6cm deep and 4cm wide making it plenty large enough for the biggest handed fellow out there to pop his fingers through.
With those measurements you would expect a pretty large cup of tea or coffee (tea is more British old chap) and the cup does not fail on that account it holds 350ml of liquid as appose to most of my other cups that hold 325ml. So an extra moral boosting mouthful or two is held within.
The thickness of the china is 2mm, for those of you out there who do not like a thick mug upon your lips. The thickness of the china is enough to keep your hands warm when you wrap them around the mug without becoming so hot that it is uncomfortable and more importantly keeps your cuppa nice and hot.
The base of the cup is mostly white with a red spot on the bottom that has a white crown on and some white writing on that says "Keep Calm" (I just tipped the mug up over the keyboard to look at this and dripped the last drops of tea on to the keys, oops!!)
This cup has been used daily since it emerged from its wrapping on Christmas day, it has suffered no chips and there are no scratches to the paintwork despite being repeatedly hand washed (I do not have a dishwasher) it has started to stain a bit on the inside but I think that could be down to the water in our area or the teabags used as all my cups get discoloured and need cleaning with some Barkeepers Friend once in a while.
In conclusion I think this is a fantastic little mug and well worth the £5.99, including postage, that my daughter paid for it. You can try and save a little by buying from elsewhere but I think what you lose in quality is not worth it. The logo is just as effective as it used to be and will bring a smile to anyone's face when they read it. With it coming in a box it makes an ideal thoughtful small gift for a friend or relative.
Thank you for reading my review, it may also be posted on other sites under the same username (trayrope)