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Post  Jeremy Ashford on Sat 30 Aug - 15:48

As an international company Swensen's will have had many producers of mugs. I have seen what looks like this shape and one other on either google images or eBay.

I saw this in the back room of Hospice for a while, which prompted a bit of research, then it appeared in fill-a-bag so at that price I jumped not really concerned whether on not it was the Crown Lynn one:

1666 Swensen's Mug.

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It IS stoneware. No marks for maker.

In America these were made by Caribe.

"In 1951 Sterling China purchased the Crane China Company which was founded by Iroquois China. Sterling renamed the factory Caribe China Company. The china was produced from 1951 to 1976 in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. They used various formulas which produced opaque or slightly translucent ware. Bottom markings are Q-3 which means it was made in 1964 between April - June."
Re:
https://www.etsy.com/nz/listing/118458008/rare-1964-caribe-china-blue-espresso-cup?ref=sr_gallery_23&ga_search_query=caribe&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery


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Post  Ev on Sat 30 Aug - 18:37

1666 would have been made in April 1970.
I'm not familiar with that brown base ....?  
No harm in putting this into the Four Digit Gallery I guess ..... ~_~
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Post  Jeremy Ashford on Sat 30 Aug - 19:28

A daring move I would have thought Ev!

I will check the brown to see if I have anything matching.

As they are/were* an international franchise I suspect they would have required some uniformity from pottery to pottery, country to country.

*Swensen's is still in operation but not in New Zealand.

I can take some more pics if you like Ev, and will review the internet.

I have seen two different shapes.

Within this shape I have seen two handle variations.

This one matches an example that takes me to an eBay page for "Caribe" mugs.

The name refers to Caribe China from Puerto Rico.
I have seen this shape of Caribe mug with many different brandings, not just "Swensen's".

A plus mark for this one bring local is that it is unmarked. EBay sellers seem to know a Caribe mug because they are marked as such on the base. See one here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Caribe-Puerto-Rico-The-Elegant-Farmer-Restaurant-Pedestal-Mugs-Chicken-Weatherva-/221531520558?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item33944ebe2e

The example with a slightly different handle also has a variation on the Swensen's mark.

The completely different shape is referred to as a coffee mug.

Caribe links

Caribe
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rican_Pottery

Marks
http://www.marksandlibrary.com/marks/ceramics/keys/Caribe+China

Caribe collection
http://www.neocollect.com/coll/6051/

Collectors forum: caribe question
http://www.restaurantwarecollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?t=14719


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Post  Ev on Sun 31 Aug - 8:33

I've changed my mind in the light of day and will wait for further confirmation.
I hadn't even checked out the name Swensen so thanks for that.
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