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Origin of Trader Vic coffee grog mug
uncle trav
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Posted: 2015-10-10 05:01 am   Permalink

I notice the Headhunter's mug was also used to serve what the 1965 menu calls the Coffee Diablo. I was able to find a recipe for the Cafe Diablo in Vic's 1947 guide and two different recipes in the 1972 revised edition.


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Tattoo
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Posted: 2015-12-15 4:47 pm   Permalink

Wrote to Kier Fullmer at Trader Vic's regarding this highly detailed and red version of the Grog Mug. I have never seen a red version before and suspected that it might be an early version of the mug given the sharp detail.





I was hoping the marking on the bottom might give a clue at to the origins of this mystery version.



Kier was kind enough to forward the images to CEO Peter Seely who suspects the red version is an early prototype of the mug. With the number underneath being the glaze number. Pretty cool indeed and it might even thee very first copy of the mug.

Here's the e-mail Kier wrote back to me:

Quote:


Hello!
Thank you for the email and the fabulous pictures of an amazing specimen!
I have never seen the “Headhunter” in Red before!
I asked our President and CEO, Mr. Peter Seely, if he recognized it as he is the Trader’s grandson and I thought he might remember it.
He believes that this is actually a one off sample and that the number on the bottom is the glaze number.

Again, thanks for showing it to us we always love to see little pieces of history that people find.

Have a great day!

Best,
Kier




Although Trader Vic eventually decided to go with the Black version, I must say I do like the red version quite a bit. And it matches the color of the original Kuba cup that this mug is based on.



Anyhow, just a little bit more Trader Vic history.


 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Posted: 2015-12-15 5:27 pm   Permalink

Saw these at Polinesio in Havana. Polinesio was a Trader Vic’s pre-Castro



 
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2015-12-18 03:32 am   Permalink

Great research Tattoo. Thanks for digging deep and taking the time to share the information with TC.
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Kraken007
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Posted: 2015-12-18 6:34 pm   Permalink

Great post! Had to order two for myself today from ebay! lol

 
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Aloha pinball
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Posted: 2016-01-10 08:39 am   Permalink

I picked up this version of the mug in an antique store in Mineesota last year. Anybody else ever seen this glaze? The outlining of the eyes and lips gives it much better definition than the solid glazed versions.






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Formikahini
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Posted: 2016-01-10 08:46 am   Permalink

Never have seen that color!
Of course, I was stunned by the gorgeous red one on here, so there are obviously some mugs out there about which we know nothing!
Thanks for posting.
(And what a great first post )
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2016-01-10 3:35 pm   Permalink

It may be a very early run of the 1963 molds before they got worn out. Sometimes it looks as the black glazed versions were just dunked in a bucket and thrown in the kiln. Yours is nice and crisp and the color does add to the detail. Nice find.
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