One of the best, and rarer, pieces in our collection we are proud to offer this one to our eBay tiki clientele. I had this mug for some time when one day I spied an identical looking mug in the "Holy Grail" case at Oceanic Arts. I asked Bob about the mug and he explained to me its origin. The mug was made by Spurlin Ceramics of Lynwood, Ca. The designer of this, and quite a few others, was Stella Bodey. Stella designed the famous "open mouth" mug for Nashville's Mahi Mahi along with mugs for the Islander and Tahitian restaurants in Los Angeles. Spurlin's was really just a small operation but nonetheless they were one of the first to supply mugs and bowls to the Polynesian industry in the 1960's. They made mugs for some of the most famous tiki bars off the era. Spurlin's mugs, like this one, have a real hobbyist or amateur look to them but in actuality they are a seminal part of the tiki fad of the last century. Many of these mugs were made in conjunction with Oceanic Arts and offered to their commercial customers (one stop OA shopping as it were). The mug is very heavy for its size and measures about 6" tall. Thick construction in excellent shape: no defects, no chips or cracks.
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