I know these aren’t actually mugs but really tumblers – but they were still so interesting that I decided to put them up on the site. They are Georges Briard designed clear glass tumblers with some fanciful, kitschy Egyptian symbols on them. The design is printed in red, blue, black and gold metal leaf on the clear tumbler. The design looks pretty elaborate and over the top, and I almost didn’t pick them up (there were four but I only got the two).
The signature left no doubt that they were Briard designed items – these are the only items designed by him that I’ve come across so far at the thrift. I have no idea as to the date of when they were produced, but I’d guess 70s.
Frequently, I get some duplication on the collector blogs that we run – this heavy brown Hollywood Craftsmen mug is both Mug related and California Pottery related. Instead of explaining again, I’m going to send you over to read about it on Potteries of California.
I found the companion to the Tulip Picnic mug in red found earlier. This one is a verde type of green which is pretty interesting because I haven’t seen that color before. As stated previously, there are some other companies besides McKee (Glasbake) that used the same pattern on their mugs. I’ve seen blue, brown, red and green ones now – they also have matching bowls in the pattern.
This is a really interesitng mug that I have no idea about the maker. The mug and the font of the words on it reminded me of something from the 50s, but I still don’t know whether it is new or not. There are no markings on the bottom of the mug at all. It’s a strange shape with a very sharp angled handle. It is mostly just a brownish glaze and the mug is rather heavy duty – like restaurant china. The words “Kup-O-Ko” are in raised letters on the side – I assume that’s short for “Cup of Coffee”?
I’ve seen these Pyrex mugs a few times on Ebay. My thought was that they were part of another beverage server set that Pyrex was known to make which featured six of the 1410 style mugs like these plus a carafe. However, I haven’t seen the full set yet – we won’t put them in the pyrexlove ref until we find out what they are.
They have a really unusual color combination, bands of baby blue flowers on an avocado verde base. I’m not sure why they chose this particular color scheme – I was thinking maybe the carafe would provide more answers. There are four different flower bands, all of them different and interestingly not equidistantly spaced. A Flickr reader has noted that perhaps the 4 bands correspond to the different seasons of the year. So, the top row would be Summer (roses?), the next one would be Fall (mums/asters?), the next would be Winter (holly perhaps?) and the last one would be Spring (the flowers from the spring blossom pattern).