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The Trader Vic's Nautilus
Sabu The Coconut Boy
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From: Carson, California
Posted: 2009-01-25 11:07 pm   Permalink

An update on the fabled Trader Vic's Nautilus Mug:

The model with the ruffled, oval foot that appears in the Trader Vic's Bartending Guide does actually exist.





This one can be viewed at Trader Vic's Emeryville, in the glass case with all the old rum bottles.

The underside has the inscription, "JAPAN MADE FOR TRADER VIC"



Here's another photo from another collection



It appears to be one of the rarer mugs out there.

I've also been educated that the Fitz & Floyd three-footed Nautilus comes in a larger size. Here's a photo of two of the large-size models next to the smaller version like I own, with a volcano bowl insert for size comparison:




 
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Unga Bunga
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2009-01-26 2:01 pm   Permalink

I found these for $15.00 each, but they will only accept orders over $50.00. They're loss!
I'm going to use a real shell with a base instead. You will have to plug the chamber hole though.


Chambered Nautilus Shell Table





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1961surf
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From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2009-01-27 11:33 pm   Permalink

Sabu you have posed an excellent question.This is one of the Trader Vic
mugs / bowls that has eluded me for years.Really the only one I need to
complete my Trader Vic collection.I do believe its not Trader Vic ,
different pedestal and mfg.This rarely ever comes up on ebay , however
last year it did about the time Tiki Caliente in palm springs was going
on.I was beat out by Kahala Charms for about $360 if I remember correctly.
The pictures are from the actual auction and a real authentic Trader Vic
Nautilus shell bowl.I believe the 65 in the center represents the year
it was produced.






 
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TikiHula
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From: SacTown
Posted: 2009-01-31 12:54 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-01-27 23:33, 1961surf wrote:
Sabu you have posed an excellent question.This is one of the Trader Vic
mugs / bowls that has eluded me for years.Really the only one I need to
complete my Trader Vic collection.



So you have the Tepco Gremlin Bowl, the Tepco Kava Bowl, and Tepco Scorpion Bowl?
http://www.tikiroom.net/gallery/main.php/vics/logo+with+block0338.jpg.html

And if you want to fondle that nautilus bowl at TV Emeryville, they now have it sitting outside the case. Oh nautilus bowl...fondle...fondle...
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1961surf
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From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2009-02-02 12:12 am   Permalink

Xlnt link with black and white photos of Trader Vic vessels- Tiki hula
Can you tell me what Trader Vic book that photo came from?
I would say that the the Kava bowl and the scorpian bowl depicted in the
photo are some of the hardest to find..I guess I have several more
that I don't have in my TV collection ....damn !


 
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TikiHula
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From: SacTown
Posted: 2009-02-03 5:30 pm   Permalink

That's a 1944 Life magazine article on Trader Vic's. I am fortunate enough to have the both the Tepco Scorpion bowl
http://www.tikiroom.net/gallery/main.php/vics/aao.jpg.html
and Kava bowl
http://www.tikiroom.net/gallery/main.php/vics/aaa.jpg.html
Mad props to Midnite for the Ebay heads-up all those years ago! The Kava bowl was borrowed by Holden to make the Tiki Farm version.

Of course the Gremlin bowl is my holy grail - and the one that Kohalacharms bought on ebay is the only one I've ever seen....hope there are more out there....
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boutiki
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From: The fly-over states
Posted: 2009-02-03 9:43 pm   Permalink

I'm glad to see this post back again. I remember seeing it when it first started and meant to post pictures of our Nautilus mug. It's just like the ones Sabu and 1961surf have posted with the same marking on the bottom. Here are some quick pictures:




Here is a shot with a suffering bastard next to it for size comparison.


We also have a scorpion bowl.


And not to derail this thread, but I've been curious to explore these variations in the coffee grog mug. I believe they are just different generations with the lightest being the earliest and the black one (marked 1963) the later. The earlier versions are much more thin walled and therefore more fragile. Perhaps that's why you see less of them than the 1963 version. Anyway, they probably belong in a separate thread altogether.





-Duke


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1961surf
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Posted: 2009-02-03 11:10 pm   Permalink

Thanks for giving me an inferiority complex Duke !! Nice pics.
Thanks for sharing with us to drewll , and yet appreciate at the same time .


 
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1961surf
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From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2009-02-25 6:46 pm   Permalink

This was just recently sold on ebay.1954 Pagen Hut menu in Depoe Bay ,Oregon.
Features the Nautilus Shell on cover that was a featured specialty drink called
the " Sea Stinger" at the Pagen Hut .This Nautilus shell bowl we now know was
used at other Polynesian restaurant establishments back in the day.I wonder if
there is anyone out there with this bowl with the Pagen Hut name on the bottom?
Does anyone know anything about this place? Maybe Dusty Cajun has some interior
shots of this place.







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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-02-25 7:43 pm   Permalink

1961Surf,

I have the postcards and matchbooks from the Pagan Hut but none show the mythical Nautilus Shell mug. Here is the link on TC that shows all of the Pantely's Pagan Hut Hut info.

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=5323&forum=2&hilite=pagan%20hut

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1961surf
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Posted: 2009-02-25 8:06 pm   Permalink

Thanks DC .I knew you would have some info on this place.Great interior shots on
these old post cards.Looks like a fun place back in its day.I am glad that there
are people out there like you DC that take the time and post .It's like walking
back in time when I view these old PC's -a history lesson if you will.

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From: San Diegoish
Posted: 2009-03-07 11:55 pm   Permalink

So, was the Fitz & Floyd three-footed Nautilus actually used anywhere? I spotted one sitting low on a shelf as I was leaving a local antiques shop today so I brought it home.


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Bongo Bungalow
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Posted: 2009-08-28 05:23 am   Permalink

Found an FF nautilus yesterday... very pretty... gonna look great with drink and flower garnish.



Also picked up this gorgeous shell by the same maker. Not real shell at all.




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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2010-05-30 10:06 am   Permalink

picked up my three footer today at the flea market....$10. - very beautiful lookin up close.....great for my collection!

 
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Bongo Bungalow
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Posted: 2010-10-20 10:22 am   Permalink

I found one of the biggies yesterday. Suitable for a bowl drink... or soup I suppose.





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