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Polynesian restaurant china and server ware
uncle trav
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Posted: 2009-10-21 6:16 pm   Permalink

Thought it may be a good time to start a page where people can get some help identifying different types of china plates and dinnerware as well as server ware from various restaurants. This is open to all Polynesian restaurants not just a single establishment. There are a bunch of folks on TC who have allot of knowledge in this area and will be nice to see it all come together. Here is a good place to start a search. Post pics of your collection as well so we can have a quick index of designs . Thanks and have fun.
http://www.restaurantwarecollectors.com/

If anyone has any questions about this subject there many people on TC with allot of knowledge that can help out. And if any one has any items to add that would great.Thanks



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Or Got Rum?
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Posted: 2009-10-22 07:33 am   Permalink

Uncle Trav, Great thread idea...that site you linked to is a great resource. I also use "Little Spoon" website for ID info also. Again, thanks! OGR

 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2009-10-22 08:49 am   Permalink

Thanks OGR. Here is a very loose list (in no particular order) of manufactures and the restaurants they supplied with both china and server ware. This is just a quick list that I am sure many can be added to.

(Sterling China, Japan.)

Ren Clark's Polynesian Village
Kahiki
Trader Vic's
Kon Tiki Ports
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(Vernon Kilns Pottery, Vernon CA)

Trader Vic's
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(H.F. Coors China Company, Tucson AZ.)

Don The Beachcomber
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(Red wing Pottery, Red wing MN)

Trader Vic's
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(Tepco, "Technical Porcelain and Chinaware Co.", El Cerrito CA)

Bali Hai
Trader Vic's
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(Walker China Co., Bedford OH)

The Luau
Ports O' Call
Kon Tiki
Kowloon
Polynesian
Tahiti
Tiki Lau
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(Jackson China Co, Falls Creek PA)

Hawaiian Gardens
Kon Tiki
Kon Tiki Ports
Aloha Restaurant
Don The Beachcomber
Trade Winds
Hawaiian Cottage
Kowloon
Hawaii Kai
Mai Tai
Mauna Loa
Diamond Head
Cathay Island
Islander
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(Hoffman Pottery & China Co., Columbus and Whitehall OH)

Kahiki
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(Syracuse China, Lyncourt NY)

Mai Kai
Kona Kai
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(Shenango China Co., New Castle PA)

Pacific Hut
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(Homer Laughlin China Co. Newell WV)

Trader Vic's
Kona Kai
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(Pyroceram by Corning. Corning NY)

Aku Aku
The Islander
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(Wellsville China Co.)

Ren Clark's Polynesian Village
Junkanoo
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(Wallace China Co., Vernon CA)

Chi Chi Club
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(Great China ?)

Tiki Cove
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(Frankoma Pottery, Norman OK)

Trade Winds
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(Buffalo China Co.)

South Pacific
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(Mayer China Co., Beaver Falls PA)

Quinn's

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uncle trav
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Posted: 2009-10-28 3:22 pm   Permalink

Glassware companies.

These two companies supplied the bulk of the more elaborate glassware to Polynesian restaurants. With designs such as stemware glasses with a jockey or tiki stem by Morgantown. Both companies produced the Port and Starboard mugs and times.A note about the Tiki stemware for Trader Vic's, the design shows up on many menus but I believe that Vic's was the only one who used it as he patented the design in 1960. As far as I can tell Morgantown was the only maker of the various types of logo stemware.
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Imperial Glass Corp.(Bellaire OH.)

Here is a catalog page from Imperial Glass from 1966 showing a nice selection of glassware.


On the left is the "Big Shot" by Imperial for the Gun Club Punch cocktail also made in red. In the middle is the "Little Shot" shot glass. Next is the "Port Light" for the cocktail of the same name also the green version shown in the catalog the "Starboard Light" for the cocktail of the same name.


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Morgantown Glass Works, (Morgantown WV)

Morgantown was known for it's high quality stemware supplied to various restaurants. The Derby Daqari made for the Mai Kai and three diferent styles of stemware with a Tiki stem for Trader Vic's are great examples. Morgantown also made Port and Starboard Light mugs for Imperial when Imperial could not fill the order themselves.

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1961surf
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Posted: 2009-10-28 3:52 pm   Permalink

Xlnt pics Trav .

 
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Or Got Rum?
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Posted: 2009-10-28 4:22 pm   Permalink

Uncle Trav, Many thanks for the glassware info...very NICE Work. OGR

 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2009-10-29 06:10 am   Permalink

Here is a good look at Trader Vic's glassware lineup from 1947. Makes a good reference for glassware of that time. Trader Vic's 1972 revised bartender's guide also has some great black & white photos of glassware and mugs.


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uncle trav
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Posted: 2009-10-30 6:31 pm   Permalink

A page from the Tepco catalog dates from 1966. Makes a good quick reference page. I marked the items of interest. Here is a short quote from a 1982 history of Tepco.

"Tepco outfitted Victor Bergeron with the original ware for his Polynesian theme Trader Vic restaurants: the Samoan Fog Cutter, the Tiki, Scorpion and Hula bowls, the Kamaaina coconut cup and a Death's Head mug for hot rum."




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Posted: 2009-10-30 6:58 pm   Permalink

Wonder what the Tepco "Primitive Man" mug really looks like...

With those mugs 'n' bowls, does my 1968 Otagiri assortment fit in here, then?:



I don't wanna make this a Tiki Mug thread again...



 
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Posted: 2009-10-30 7:09 pm   Permalink

Maybe it's because I grew up with a duck hunting dad, but I can't help but think that those red Imperial Glass glasses with the brass bottoms look like shotgun shells!
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2009-10-30 7:11 pm   Permalink

Thanks Sven. That primitive man mug is the Genghis Khan mug. Page 100 in Tiki Quest. And your post fits fine as it show some of the server ware offered by OMC. I got a little into the mug area with the Tepco catalog but couldn't help myself. And thanks guys for your comments.
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2009-10-30 7:14 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-10-30 19:09, modbetty wrote:
Maybe it's because I grew up with a duck hunting dad, but I can't help but think that those red Imperial Glass glasses with the brass bottoms look like shotgun shells!
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They are shotgun shells complete with the primer on the bottom. The drink served in the was them "Gun Club Punch" and the mug is called the "Big Shot"

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Posted: 2009-10-30 7:14 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-10-30 18:58, bigbrotiki wrote:
Wonder what the Tepco "Primitive Man" mug really looks like...



The Genghis Khan mug. (Photo from the collection of Tahiki.)

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2009-10-30 11:56 pm   Permalink

Looks more like "Angry Asian Man"

Trav, maybe you have to x-plain the mugs you posted for the newbies, like that the other one is in the likeness of a port light, for a cocktail of the same name, and that there was a starboard light glass/cocktail, too.

Interesting that I have NEVER seen the barrel glasses used in Tikidom, considering that there were so many ceramic rum barrel containers. Wonder why.


 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2009-10-31 05:41 am   Permalink

Sven, I'll have to do a little better on the description end of things so the new folks have an idea of whats out there and what items were used for. Now from a small piece of china from Trader Vic's a soy sauce decanter. About 3" high and 4" long. No makers mark but looks similar to the one in the OMC catalog photo in Sven's post.




 
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