||Crypto-Mugs. Do these legends exist and who has them?
Joined: Jan 22, 2013
|Posted: 2018-04-20 2:45 pm  Permalink|
On 2017-03-05 08:03, MadDogMike wrote:
This 1960 Ren Clark Polynesian Village Fort Worth menu was posted on Big Kahuna's FB page. Are these real mugs? I'm not a collector but I haven't noticed anything like the Black Lady mug or the Cannibal Bowl set-up. Also, what's up with the "Rum or Beverage Locker" for $12 per year. From the menu descriptions it looks like you furnished you own liquor? They suggest a liquor for each drink but I guess you could mix it with whatever you wanted?
Shoutout to Tattoo for his recent thread here: http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=52822&forum=5&vpost=786058 on the possible connections between the Polynesian Village, Fort Worth, and the Mexico Mauna Loa, which included this photograph of the Cannibal Bowl setup (the "Festin Salvaje" at the Mauna Loa).
Ordinary glassware (e.g., the goblet, snifter, lo-ball, etc.) aside, are there any mugs on this menu remaining unaccounted for?
Joined: Sep 24, 2005
From: Los Angeles
|Posted: 2018-05-22 1:39 pm  Permalink|
Well, not really. It is the Waikiki Trader Vic's Tiki Liki. Fair to call it a Crypto Version though since you can actually tell what it is.
Somehow this mug became this :-0
The rougher less detailed version here made by Polynesian Pottery. I am guessing this more detailed version (i.e. earlier version) was made by someone else. Unlike the Polynesian Pottery bottom, the more detailed version mug has a slight concave bottom leaving an unglazed white ring. Which I usually associate with more professional manufacturers.
The flat glazed bottom is usually a tell tale sign of a hobbyist mug. I'm not a potter but I am sure there is a reason between the 2 different bottoms of mugs. If someone could illuminate me it would be much appreciated It would seem that Polynesian Pottery created a mold from this more refined version creating a much less detailed copy of it. Speculation I know....
On Ooga Mooga I did find another version that matches the more detailed one. This one form LOL Tiki. Again, the more concave bottom with the white unglazed ring.
Can anyone speculate who might have made this other version?
Joined: Jul 18, 2010
From: Las Vegas
|Posted: 2018-05-22 8:14 pm  Permalink|
Tattoo- good one
Never seen that color
Picked up 3 more TV Hawaii/Waikiki mugs
Worst sound ever, slurp of an empty tiki mug through my straw!!!
Joined: Jun 03, 2007
|Posted: 2018-05-22 8:45 pm  Permalink|
Tattoo, you need to make an extra mold piece in order to create a concave bottom. Having an extra piece does increase the risk of the mold leaking but if you know what you're doing that really shouldn't be an issue. The main reason not to make one is the extra labor involved.
Joined: Sep 24, 2005
From: Los Angeles
|Posted: 19 days ago; 09:52 am  Permalink|
It's not often that this happens anymore... an undocumented Otagiri OMC Tiki mug! Sorta crypto it seems. No mention of it in Ooga Mooga or anywhere really. Please note the one aspect that makes this mug stand out (pun intended) - the rather voluptuous breast with the hard nipples. The side view illustrates best what I mean. Must have been meant for a very cold tiki drink
It states Hong Kong on the bottom and I can't find any reference to a Hong Kong restaurant or bar here on TC. The only mention I discovered was a Tiki Find post from 2007. Someone had found this mug in the wild on the East Coast. Apparently it didn't attract much attention. It appears to be fairly common - flat black tiki mug and resembles some Orchids of Hawaii mugs - but it isn't.
According to the seller I bought this mug from, they were originally purchased from an Otagiri supplier in Boston. The mug says Hong Kong on the bottom and doing some googling on Hong Kong restaurants in Boston, there is a fairly well known one located on Harvard Square that has been open since 1954. I feel it is a safe bet these are from there. I am curious if the rather odd and very sexual breast on the Tiki made it too risque for a mug and thus short lived.
Now I did discover a few of these mugs were sold in the past 6 months and probably from the same guy. They all seem to be new old stock.
[ This Message was edited by: Tattoo 2018-06-04 10:14 ]