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Is This The Elusive Cobra's Fang Mug?
bongofury
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From: Ventura County
Posted: 2008-06-02 4:34 pm   Permalink

I found a couple of these a while back. No markings and does not look like the mug in the Islander menu.







Any help out there would be appreciated. Mahalo....


 
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Tiki-Kate
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From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2008-06-02 6:33 pm   Permalink

It certainly looks like the one in the case at Oceanic Arts.

A couple of months ago, Bob was telling us how they were selling them at OA years ago. They just weren't moving, so they marked them down to $.39 a piece.


 
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bongofury
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From: Ventura County
Posted: 2008-06-02 9:49 pm   Permalink

Thanks Kate for that info. It's been a while since I was at OA and I usually look at that case but I must be blind as I don't remember seeing them. I found those mugs a couple years ago and It only dawned on me what they might be after looking at the menu today.

 
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Trader Tom
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Posted: 2008-06-02 11:49 pm   Permalink

I also think the one you found is an example of the Oceanic Arts mugs, as Tiki Kate was saying.

Bob still has most of the original mold for those mugs and a couple of months ago I started a list at the counter. He said that if enough people expressed interest and signed in, he might see about making some more! I only got about 5 people to sign up, though. I really need to start a separate thread to get that going, but I've been really busy lately...

There is another Cobra's Fang mug sitting on a shelf at the Tiki Ti which is closer to the menu depiction. It can be seen on their website. It has the head that coils over and appears to be spitting venom over the lip of the mug. Here's a shot from their website:




 
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bongofury
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Posted: 2008-06-03 06:19 am   Permalink

Now that's a cool mug!

 
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Al-ii
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From: Oceanside Ca
Posted: 2008-06-03 09:05 am   Permalink



These aren't very good pictures, but, you can see the mugs.
Taken at OA


 
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bongofury
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Posted: 2008-06-05 1:53 pm   Permalink

Thanks Al. The other mug is a darker green. No chips or cracks.

 
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Unkle John
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From: Middle-of-the-Ocean, TX
Posted: 2008-06-06 09:42 am   Permalink

Quote:







A Semi-Sweet Dink?

Is this correct or a type-o?
I envy you, I've been looking for a Cobra's fang for years.
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Humuhumu
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2008-06-17 8:18 pm   Permalink

That's so cool! I've been curious about potential snake mugs out there ever since I saw this menu from the Mauna Loa in Mexico City:



The mug pictured above it actually exists, so I've been hopeful that the snake one does, too. Best I've been able to figure, the Mauna Loa Mexico mugs were manufactured by a unique manufacturer (some mugs are marked "Enrique Gerra" which was a ceramicist in Mexico City). The menu design is very stylized, of course, but I'd love to see a snake mug like that one, with the head sticking straight up. This mug gives me hope that one of these babies really exists!

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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2008-06-17 9:20 pm   Permalink

Here is another shot of the Tiki-Ti Cobra's Fang mug that I've borrowed from their website.



www.tiki-ti.com


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teaKEY
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Posted: 2008-08-22 05:13 am   Permalink

On Ebay right now, I bet someone would bid on this.

Here



Buy It Now only $12.50


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Trader Tom
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Posted: 2008-08-22 09:01 am   Permalink

Cool mug...but it's a rattlesnake, not a cobra.

 
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Unkle John
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From: Middle-of-the-Ocean, TX
Posted: 2008-08-22 2:40 pm   Permalink

Man that would be a cool mug to have....
Especially where I live.. I've killed over 3 dozen rattle snakes since I moved out west.
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pa'akiki
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Posts: 70
Posted: 2010-02-22 6:45 pm   Permalink

I found this it has no makers mark but you can tell it's old. has anyone seen one could this be the real thing.



 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2010-02-22 7:00 pm   Permalink

Wow! Never seen this baby before in my Tiki life! I never thought that that famous menu illustration was such an accurate rendering of the real thing! --That, or some fun-loving mug maker here has made one directly from that illustration, to elicit reactions such as mine.

 
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