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The show me your Witco thread.
happy buddha
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Posted: 2012-02-22 06:10 am   Permalink

Wow that thing is crazy! And all the different shades of wood on the front & back make it. Looks almost showroom-new too. Great bar!

 
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tedtiki
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Posted: 2012-02-22 07:26 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-02-22 06:10, happy buddha wrote:
Wow that thing is crazy! And all the different shades of wood on the front & back make it. Looks almost showroom-new too. Great bar!



It looks brand new except for some wear on the bar top. I was surprised at how good the seat cushions looked.

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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2012-02-22 08:30 am   Permalink

nice find!!

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-02-22 09:50 am   Permalink

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On 2012-02-22 07:26, tedtiki wrote:
It looks brand new except for some wear on the bar top. I was surprised at how good the seat cushions looked.



Maybe the first owners bought it and then were embarrassed by it and didn't use it much.


 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2012-03-08 07:45 am   Permalink

got 1
needs some work







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TIKI DAVID
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Posted: 2012-03-08 12:14 pm   Permalink

found this in Ft.Lauderdale,first day in town.



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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2012-03-09 10:26 am   Permalink

this was at an estate sale this a.m..... I passed on it because I have no room for it and they wanted $300, which is a good price if you are going to keep it and not resell it. Let my friends anne and stefan have it where they will proudly display it in their own tiki room.....





 
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amberj
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Posted: 2012-03-10 5:32 pm   Permalink

My Mother-in-Law bought this in the 70's we also have the sofa, chair, lamps, foot stool and tables.

Does anyone know the value of this piece? (Sorry if it's in the wrong place)



 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-03-10 9:19 pm   Permalink

This is a Witco decor piece from the Viking or from the Conquistador (Pre-Columbian) line. As opposed to the Tiki and Modernism lines, these Witco genres are not really as desirable for collectors and Tikiphiles. So besides sentimental value (?) to your family, I cannot say what it would be worth, it solely would depend on IF someone wants it, and how much.

Even though it is not "Tiki", a whole living room set in matching style might be so outrageous that it could be cool to build a non-Tiki rumpus room around it, with shag carpeting and other period decor like Spanish Armada or Viking ships and helmets - but you gotta find someone who's willing to go that far out! C'mon folks, who's gonna do it !?

You gotta post pictures of it all, though. Folks on this site generally don't like to see it to be used as "value-estimate getting" site only by first time posters, but if you contribute with more photos, and a story where it was bought, i.e. give it some cultural context, this could lead to an interesting discussion of "ugly duckling" Witco.


 
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amberj
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Posted: 2012-03-12 08:18 am   Permalink

Thanks! I will get some pictures together so I can share them. I have always been drawn to this furniture for some reason. I've thought of having it reupholstered and setting up a "Man Cave" for my husband.

What I know about it is my MIL bought it in Dallas sometime in the 70's. The furniture is the same as in Elvis' "Jungle Room" which I have always loved Elvis so maybe that is also my fascination with the pieces. We have some other Tiki pieces she has collected over the years also I will share with you. I guess she's into this strange style. lol


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-03-12 8:30 pm   Permalink

Actually, the term "Man Cave" seems far more appropriate than "Rumpus Room" for an all-Witco lair.

The Elvis Jungle Room furniture is indeed by the same manufacturer as your piece, WITCO from Mt. Vernon, Washington, which closed shop in 1976. Elvis chose a mixture of Tiki and "Marco Polo" Chinese pieces, plus the Mama Lama bar (not shown):



Here are some examples of their Conquistador/Spanish line:





Behold the "Monterey Bar"! Crushed velvet goodness!


And here is your baby:




Its title is a bit less poetic (x-ept for "gold dinero crush"!)....and here is one of the most impressive Tiki Bars Witco ever whittled, it made it all the way to Antiques Roadshow - and left them stumped!

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=40907&forum=5&start=0

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happy buddha
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Posted: 2012-03-12 9:19 pm   Permalink

Wow. Thanks for the pics, Sven. Never seen some of those pieces before.

 
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amberj
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Posted: 2012-03-13 07:55 am   Permalink

We do indeed have the chair on the bottom left of your top pic, and that is my baby in all it's glory. Thanks for sharing this information with me.



 
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TikiRenee
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Posted: 2012-03-14 6:39 pm   Permalink

So, I am visiting some friends home (Ron and Cathy) and they have a LOT of Witco. There is one item though that appears to be one of a kind. I have not seen a bar like this with tall tiki side peices and top rail. Photos were taken and posted with their permission.

This is the overall view of the bar:


this is a detailed view of the front panel:


A shot of the side including the tall tiki pole holding the cross piece:


A detial of one of the four stools:


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-03-15 11:54 am   Permalink

Nice find, thank you for the multi-angle photos! This bar seems to be an expanded version of this classic 60's Witco Tiki bar:



Perhaps not as successful a design concept, your friends' bar indeed seems to be a one-of, and as such is tres cool! The only other Tiki bar I have seen by Witco that has the "canopy" concept is even less convincing in it design:



....because the Tikis were carved in flat 2D profile.





And I like the Leopard shawl on those bar stools - they did that for some of their floor Tikis, there's an example at the Hala Kahiki.


 
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