So that is my kitchen cabinet. I know it is a hot mess.
We aren’t talking about the top shelf, full of hobnail glassware today. We are talking about vintage coffee cups.
I actually get some weird sort of thrill in the morning, picking out which cup I am in the mood for today. Strawberry Shortcake or “Have a Nice Day”?
I always head to the glassware shelves at the thrift shop, and also look for mugs at the flea market and yard sales. Most of the time you will find them for a quarter. Sometimes they will be a little bit more, a few dollars tops. Most of the glassware you will see is not marked. But here are some of the brands you might find.
Federal Glass operated in Columbus, Ohio, from 1900 to around 1979. Eighty years of manufacturing means there are lots of Federal pieces out there. The Federal mark is a capital F inside a shield. It can be large or small, in the bottom center, or elsewhere on the underside of the piece.
McKee Glass company had been around in some form or another since the 1850s in Pittsburgh. Around 1888-1889 they moved to Jeannette, PA. Jeannette Glass Company bought McKee in 1961. As a division of Jeannette, they manufactured pressed glass and tableware until the early 1980s. You will find a lot of Glasbake opaque white mugs with decals. Most are marked with “Glasbake” on the bottom, very few if any also say “McKee”.
Located in Lancaster, Ohio, Anchor Hocking was founded in 1905. The name came from the merger of the AnchorCap and Closure Corp with Hocking Glass in 1937. The Anchor Hocking company still produces glassware today and is the second largest supplier in the United States. Anchor Hocking is usually marked with an anchor.
The Fire-King mugs were made from the time period of the 1940s up to the early 1980s, by Anchor Hocking. Fire-King mugs have become some of the most popular collectible mugs, with much of the interest being fueled by collectors in Japan and Asia. The enormous interest in Fire-King Jadeite pieces has also driven up prices. Look for the Fire-King name on the bottom.
Some popular Fire-King mugs that command high prices are:
The smiley face
White C handled thick restaurant mugs
Jadeite C handle mugs
Other advertising Fire-King mugs
Some recent sales on eBay:
A Bazooka Bubble Gum Fire-King mug sold for $129.05.
A Snoopy Red baron Fire-King mug sold for $99.00.
A Burger King Fire-King mug sold for $91.00.
Some of the prices for my mugs:
Strawberry shortcake goes for $10-$40
Fire-King Esso mug (with tiger) goes for $10-$50
Termocrisa “Mom” mug goes for $15
Federal opalescent coffee mugs go for $10
Federal “Have a Nice Day” mug goes for up to $18
Have fun collecting these, but DON’t put them in the dishwasher!!