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Counterfeit Don the Beachcomber Tiki Mugs?
Bumboo
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From: Pasadena, CA
Posted: 2015-07-08 7:09 pm   Permalink

Thank you, Jamoorea for the Lakeside Pottery link! I might actually send them the totally shattered mug to repair, but their epoxy suggestions and tutorials are great for the other mug. And thank you guys for the sympathy. These little artifacts likely survived longer than the person who brought them home, but they couldn't survive that eBay seller. Ugh.

 
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nomeus
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Posted: 2015-07-08 7:59 pm   Permalink

seller paid nothing for them...was told they belonged to his/her parents.




 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2015-07-14 1:05 pm   Permalink

Went out hunting today and thought of this thread.
Here's what I found.
Was it tiki?
Not really, was I looking for it and even know of such a thing?
Could say yes and no to all of those questions in a way.

But here it is...
a BBQ salt and pepper shaker thing 50s style.
Now I'm going to tiki it up in time, but this as is would fit in
most of the tiki type parties we all have as is for sure.

True I had to pay $1.91 for it but still a find.
That would not cover shipping from eBay.



Next I got this a few days ago and it is one of my "tiki" holy grails.
A fish bill, it's tiki because Trader Vic had a sign painted on one in the first
Trader Vic's aka Hinky Dinks, dam I wish I had that one from Vic's!
And it's old exotic type stuff you would see in old tiki bars.

BUT it is hard to find these as they need to be old as you cannot fish these anymore.
Have seen some on eBay but not often and they sell high.



I put these here as to show that these are the kind of things you can find in the wild.
Will post after photos when I tiki up the Salt and pepper thing.
And when I hang the fish bill.



 
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nomeus
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Posted: 2015-08-19 3:19 pm   Permalink

bro those are fake....and i heard that you made a shady behind the scenes offer to the seller of those...how dare you!




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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2015-08-23 12:51 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2015-07-14 13:05, tikiskip wrote:

I put these here as to show that these are the kind of things you can find in the wild.
Will post after photos when I tiki up the Salt and pepper thing.
And when I hang the fish bill.






Saw this today at the swap meet. Asking price $120




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tikiskip
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Posted: 2015-08-23 2:35 pm   Permalink

Nice!
These are getting hard to find and more pricy.

Mine was a bit more than that.


 
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Jamoorea
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Posted: 2015-08-23 3:04 pm   Permalink

You used to see these much more, in sea food restaurants especially - as decor. I'm assuming they are a protected species now? (Or have we driven them to extinction too?) You might not be able to import these into the States anymore, justifying the prices we're seeing. I never knew what the creature was like. For some reason, I associated them with the sword fish, (you know - like tools. In your tool box you have a saw, and a, uh, sword…) but, of course, that's wrong. It is like a Ray and can end up in shallow water - streams and lakes. Like a lost world prehistoric animal. Super cool - and even more so now.

 
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HillbillyBaggy
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From: San Luis Obispo
Posted: 2017-04-10 8:59 pm   Permalink

Reading through this thread was like a roller coaster, and up 'til now it sort of ended on a positive note. There are definitely still treasures out there to be found. We all have our holy grails and the hunt is definitely part of the fun. Finding something in the wild at a great bargain can't be beat. There are still some of these DTB mugs out there. I found this one yesterday at a a flea market for 20 clams. It was from the estate of an elderly woman in the LA area. This stuff gets passed down, and hopefully my kids appreciate this stuff when I'm gone. The menu belonged to my great grandpa and he checked off the drinks he had during his visit to Don's. He had a backyard tiki bar in LA and I hung out there as a kid. He's a big reason I love this stuff today.



 
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tikicoma
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Posted: 2017-04-10 11:02 pm   Permalink

Very nice find! I'd love to run across one of those!


 
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Jamoorea
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Posted: 2017-04-11 2:57 pm   Permalink

Hi Hillbilly, This is the cleanest one of these I've ever seen. Congratulations! Just when you think everything is $300.00+ you come across something like this. I have a friend who used to deal in Japanese antiques and would say everything on the market is just cycling in and out of collections - not new finds. I start to think that's true for this stuff too - but you're right, there is still some buried treasure left. The more time passes though, the more the estates of people who held on to these things from personal experience, are liquidated. I'm not old old, but I'm not young either and I think about that a lot. Who will care about my collections after I'm gone? (which may not be far off). Do younger people care about this stuff? Does anyone young collect anything anymore? I keep telling my wife, if I don't make it home some night, DON'T just order a dumpster - there's gold in these cabinets. I love that your Dad tracked his drinks on his menu - what a great thing. Thanks for adding to this thread.

 
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HillbillyBaggy
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From: San Luis Obispo
Posted: 2017-04-28 2:55 pm   Permalink

Thanks tikicoma and Jamoorea. There are mugs that I've paid a lot for and have no regrets, but finding something like this in the wild is pretty surreal. I'm not putting it on display until I have a safe place for it and some museum putty to hold it down.

Bumboo, I think both mugs are good restoration candidates considering how rare these are. My uncle just had a priceless antique ceramic piece restored by a highly qualified person (I think in LA or San Diego). If you're interested, let me know and I'll get the info.

I'm really hoping to find out more info on the history of this mug. Except for the illustration that DC posted early in this thread, I haven't been able to find any pics of it in situ, either in menus or in old pics. The designer/maker is also a bit of a mystery. There are a handful of mugs with the Vermonde inscription. I spent some time researching Vermonde and may have found info on this artist. I'll post more after some more digging on this topic, maybe on the crypto mugs thread. Not because this mug is crypto, but pics of it in use are.

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