Joined: Sep 07, 2002
From: Miami, Fl
|Posted: 2002-10-09 2:35 pm  Permalink|
Hi there, I'm new to the game and was wondering if westwood mugs have any markings on the bottom?
I aquired one at a thrift store and a friend of mine says it's a westwood but only because it looks like one. I'm sure he knows what he's talking about but I'm curious if these mugs normally have anything in the bottom.
Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Tiki Manor, Forest of Bowland,UK
|Posted: 2002-10-09 4:50 pm  Permalink|
There will undoubtably be people here with large (complete?) Westwood mug collections, but certainly the few I have have markings on the bottom. A couple have "Westwood Tiki Mug handcraeted in Japan" on the bottom. The poor spelling is theirs....hand created...hand crafted....who knows? Another has just a number followed by 'Westwood Japan'.
My impression is that these were made during the cheapo 'Made in Japan' period before the country became a financial powerhouse. Cheaply made, piled high, sold cheap.
Saying that, the Westwood mugs have a definite charm and all collections should contain at least one example.
More info, though please.
Joined: Sep 27, 2002
|Posted: 2002-10-09 5:41 pm  Permalink|
Dave, Westwood mugs have a distinct look to them. If you post a picture of the mug, I would be able to tell you my "expert" opinion on whether or not it was in fact manufactured by Westwood (I have about a handful of different Westwood mugs in my collection).
A little more info for the tiki investigator:
Westwoods are characterized by their light weight. I know they made large sets of dining wear, which included mugs, s&p shakers, pitchers, napkin holders, etc. I would think that many of the Westwood pieces in circulation originally came from the sets, which may very well be the reason they are made "cheaply," as Woody put it.
[ This Message was edited by: TikiManiac on 2002-10-09 17:42 ]