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Crypto-Mugs. Do these legends exist and who has them?
uncle trav
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Posted: 2014-08-16 05:03 am   Permalink

I saw these Hawaiian Inn Daytona mugs on eBay. They sold back in June and I was hoping they would show up here so I hope I am not stepping on any toes by posting them. The mugs are by OMC and I have never seen them before so thought they may fit the crypto thread.




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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2014-08-16 09:23 am   Permalink

Wow, Trav. I've never seen those either. Did they go for big money?

 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2014-08-16 4:04 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-08-16 09:23, Big Kahuna wrote:
Wow, Trav. I've never seen those either. Did they go for big money?


If I remember right the pair sold for a respectable amount. That's big money to my wallet

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Tattoo
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Posted: 29 days ago; 5:29 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-03-11 05:33, boutiki wrote:
Quote:

On 2010-03-06 10:59, Dustycajun wrote:

There is also a crypto Scorpion bowl with bamboo and palm leaves on the menu that I have not seen before.



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Just acquired one of these behemoths and didn't realize it was used at the Polynesian till I browsed through this thread again. So cool to find it in a menu!!! It is HUGE I have to say serves 3-4 in my humble opinion.



Not marked but been told on very good authority that this is Tepco. Indeed it looks and feels like Tepco. And it matches the Tepco bamboo Fogcutter as well:



Apparently the reason why there is no stamp is because of all the curved surfaces on the bottom.

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1961surf
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Posted: 28 days ago; 6:07 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-02-22 19:38, vegastikidude wrote:
I'm not sure how rare it is but I have the Tapa Punch Mug from the Hilton Hawaiian Village.


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I found this "tapa punch" petroglyph design tiki mug just yesterday and purchased it on fleabay .Much different looking glaze and over all design from vegastikidudes mug that he posted.What do you think Phil Roberts ...have you ever seen one like this before ?









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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 28 days ago; 6:51 pm   Permalink

WOW. I like it. Wait, that's not strong enough. I Freakin' LOVE IT!!!

I've never seen that version before. I'm gonna guess it was a prototype or a jazzed up version that was rejected by HHV. It's also possible that it's a later version that's not done be Terrra Ceramics. While it still has the general design, I think the versions we know would have been easier to make enmass.

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TikiHula
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Posted: 28 days ago; 6:55 pm   Permalink

So cool that another one of these mugs surfaced. They're so rare!

 
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Freeland
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Posted: 28 days ago; 8:39 pm   Permalink

I must admit... had I seen this mug in a junk shop I would have passed it up thinking it was some type of souvenir from New Mexico.

Wonder how many times now I have passed up great mugs by not taking the time to study old menus...


 
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swizzle
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Posted: 27 days ago; 02:27 am   Permalink

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On 2014-08-19 20:39, Freeland wrote:
I must admit... had I seen this mug in a junk shop I would have passed it up thinking it was some type of souvenir from New Mexico.

Wonder how many times now I have passed up great mugs by not taking the time to study old menus...



You beat me to it Freeland and took the words right out of my mouth. It would be really amazing if we could know how many times that HAS actually happened, not just to you or myself but everyone who collects tiki stuff.

When i was there in June i took the time going through matchbook collections i saw in thrift stores/antique shops and it paid off with me finding a handful of tiki related ones. Yet here in Australia i just don't bother looking at matchbook collections because i just do not believe it's worth the time because i just can't imagine i'd ever find anything. But maybe if i did who knows what i'd find. And it's the same thing with these crypto mugs. I might not be anywhere near the epicenter of tiki but who knows how many mugs i've walked past because i don't know what i should be looking for.


 
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Aquatic Safarinaut
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Posted: 26 days ago; 3:49 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-07-29 19:29, Tattoo wrote:
Back to the true origins of this thread... crypto mugs and who has them? Well, here's one I have always wondered about: the 1944 Life Magazine "Hot Buttered Rum" Skull mug.


We are all familiar with the Tepco/Trader Vic Pointed Skull Mug but as can be seen in the famous Life Magazine article, the one above has a heavy aged look to it. Black smudges and such which appear to be part of the glaze. I have NEVER seen one like that and been on the hunt and looked for years for a blackened vintage Trader Vic's skull mug. Does someone have one???

None of the mugs and bowls of that article that have been found are Tepco. And the 1939 Patent of the Skull Mug is by Trader Vic and not Tepco:



Thus it is fair to presume that the 1944 skull mug is actually not Tepco - like all the other finds of that article. Does anyone have a clue as to who made these early mugs??? Not until the mid 50s did Trader Vic relegate most of his mugs to Tepco but... these early pre-1950 ones, the few I have seen, seem to have no makers mark and feel very homemade.

So, there must be a pre-Tepco Skull mug and... who has one?

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Hmmmm.....so I found this guy a few years ago...I assumed at the time that a hobbyist had re-glazed a white Tepco mug but I liked it and the price was right....hmmmm.....



 
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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 26 days ago; 3:53 pm   Permalink

Whoa! Now, that's cool!

 
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Aquatic Safarinaut
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Posted: 26 days ago; 4:04 pm   Permalink

I'll take a closer look when I get home from work but I still think mine is probably a hobbyist mug...Funny how I connected the fogcutter mug in the 1944 Life Mag article with one that I had but never noticed the skull mug...

 
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TikiTacky
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Posted: 25 days ago; 09:05 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-08-19 18:07, 1961surf wrote:
Quote:

On 2014-02-22 19:38, vegastikidude wrote:
I'm not sure how rare it is but I have the Tapa Punch Mug from the Hilton Hawaiian Village.


[ This Message was edited by: vegastikidude 2014-02-22 19:39 ]



I found this "tapa punch" petroglyph design tiki mug just yesterday and purchased it on fleabay .Much different looking glaze and over all design from vegastikidudes mug that he posted.What do you think Phil Roberts ...have you ever seen one like this before ?









top view inner glaze

back




That had been relisted on eBay a few times with no buyers. It looks to me like the same design, but that there was a problem with the glaze (maybe applied too thick?) and it ran. Otherwise, the design looks identical.
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