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SilverLine
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Joined: Mar 02, 2004
Posts: 637
From: Kansas City
Posted: 2006-09-09 5:10 pm   Permalink

I just bought THREE poles like this! I was stunned to find them in a local antique mall, and even more stunned when I walked out with them! They smell of cigarettes and stale drinks . . they had to come out of some tiki bar somewhere. Anybody recognize them?? Made by Oceanic Arts, maybe?? The Kona Kai, Kansas City, maybe?? I don't know. I've asked the seller to contact me in the hopes of finding out what he/she knows about them.

Each is actually two poles screwed/nailed together; a three-footer and a four-footer attached to make them around seven feet tall. I'm considering disconnecting them and/or maybe selling two of the three. It all depends on what I can find out about them.

Anyway, here's one:








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Tiki Kollektor
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Joined: Aug 29, 2006
Posts: 107
From: A Cave in Manhattan
Posted: 2006-09-09 5:26 pm   Permalink

Wow!! Awesome! A lesson I learned long ago collecting antiques -- think long and hard before you sell something that's irreplaceable -- those are keepers!

 
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teaKEY
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Joined: Nov 09, 2004
Posts: 3683
From: The thumb !
Posted: 2006-09-09 6:59 pm   Permalink

I thought that too.

 
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pdrake
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Joined: Jan 13, 2006
Posts: 1769
From: las vegas
Posted: 2006-09-09 8:46 pm   Permalink

all i have to say is, "wow".

those are spectacular. can you take more photos for reference. i'd love to carve something like that. i'd love for my carvings to hold up a roof to shelter revelers the way these did.


 
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pdrake
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Joined: Jan 13, 2006
Posts: 1769
From: las vegas
Posted: 2006-09-09 8:47 pm   Permalink

oh, and in case i didn't say it before, "wow". those are beautiful.

 
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Kona Chris
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Joined: Jul 16, 2005
Posts: 241
From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2006-09-10 07:11 am   Permalink

Those definitely fall into the "Holy Crap! That's an AWESOME find!" category.

I don't know where the heck I would put something like that if I were to find it, but I would HAVE to find a place! Very, very, very cool!

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Kenike
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Joined: Jul 24, 2003
Posts: 1207
From: McKinney, TX
Posted: 2006-09-10 08:40 am   Permalink

Quote:
I don't know where the heck I would put something like that if I were to find it, but I would HAVE to find a place!



For that, I'd drill holes in the roof of my house to MAKE it fit.


 
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Swamp Tiki
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Joined: Feb 08, 2006
Posts: 158
From: The Shadowy Moss Draped South
Posted: 2006-09-10 6:57 pm   Permalink

All I can say is "keep 'um!" The grand kids will love you for it someday. Why not build that 900 square foot addition you've always been dreaming about...you know, with the cathedral ceiling. Those beautiful baby's would play hell on either side of a fireplace.

Swamp


 
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makutiki
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Joined: Dec 03, 2005
Posts: 89
Posted: 2006-09-11 05:43 am   Permalink

Silver, you should go by some lottery-tickets, couse you have luck on your side.... Those poles are unbelievable!

 
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Tiki Ham
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Joined: Aug 29, 2006
Posts: 34
Posted: 2006-09-11 3:44 pm   Permalink

I know a bit about antiques as well..

ANd A 7 foot tiki pole. or anything.. is VERY cool, and a desireable height, since you can use it as a 'column' in your house, if you build a cutom base and cap to make it floor to ceiling height..

Would be AWESOME in a corner or something, if you can get it to look built-in!!



 
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SilverLine
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Joined: Mar 02, 2004
Posts: 637
From: Kansas City
Posted: 2006-09-13 11:47 am   Permalink

Well, I've struck out with the seller of the poles. He says he bought them at a large auction that included a hodge-podge of stuff from around the country and has NO idea where they may have come from. I call again on the vast knowledge-base of TIki Centralites to help me find out where these came from. Chicago Trader Vics? The Kahiki?? Anybody? Anybody? Bueller?
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11587
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2006-09-13 11:55 am   Permalink

O.A. used to make and sell these, so they could have come from the K.C. Kona Kai.

 
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TIKI DAVID
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Joined: Apr 07, 2004
Posts: 1961
From: North Coast/ DEAD
Posted: 2006-09-13 2:34 pm   Permalink

i have 2 of the same (2 - 2 piece poles) but mine are not painted . mine came from the KON TIKI in Cleveland.closed 1976

 
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minitor
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Joined: Mar 11, 2004
Posts: 77
From: Berkeley, CA
Posted: 2006-09-14 6:41 pm   Permalink

I found some freaky ceramic skull "mugs" at a Spirit Store, its a place that sells halloween stuff in California. They are about 10" high. I just wanted to let people know if you want to have some cheap mugs (five bucks) you might want to pick them up before they all get chipped and broken. They also have matching platters, chip bowls and other stuff.

Not tiki, but somehow seems to fit in with my decor.




 
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twitch
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Joined: May 12, 2006
Posts: 431
From: Vacant lot where T. Vic's, Van. was
Posted: 2006-09-14 7:44 pm   Permalink

Okay, my roommate came back from a trip to her parents with this big guy.
Her parents got it on a trip to the Phillipines in the early 1960's on their first wedding anniversary. So I know the origin-country, and the approximate date, but does anyone know what it represents? My roomie dubbed it the God Of Waiting In Long Lines For The Washroom from it's bent-knee, groin-holding posture, but I was afraid of some spiritual backlash on that one (say, the upstairs neighbors' toilet exploding again). I'm guessing it's just a generic pose, but who knows?

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