Posted 6 years ago
These "Trader Vic's" skull mugs were made by different companies over the years. The first was made by Tepco Pottery, an El Cerrito, California pottery company that produced the mugs from the 1930's-60's. The one in the 1st picture, I got from a Google search, and is from OOGA-MOOGA! Because the one I've had for over 10yrs. is boxed away! :^) It's known as the long jaw skull mug. I think the best looking, of any I've seen.
The 2nd-4th are two that I have. The dark tan one I got a few weeks ago at the Flea Market, and is impressed marked MADE FOR TRADER VICS, on the bottom, and I think was made in the U.S., maybe Hall Pottery? The light tan one is smaller by about 10% all the way around, H,W,L., and a thinner pottery too. It's under glaze stamped IMPORT BY OTAGIRI CO., I got this at the Flea a few years ago.
I just wanted to show these together, so you can see the difference, between them. I didn't research any of them recently, and only know that Tepco made the first one. If you have any other information, please let us know! :^)