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Post  Jeremy Ashford Sat 20 Sep - 21:57

Tangaroa bottle

Small Tangaroa bottle for liqueur or suchlike. (There were larger ones.)

I saw some of these on ooga mooga and they were considered to be Rarotongan, but to the best of my knowledge they wouldn't have had the facilities to make them there (even though that's where they were sold).
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mine on left, dark green, 137mm H x 47 across base, flat bottom
internet grabs on right

These were made for many years and I suspect that like the Ti-Toki bottles they would have had different manufacturers over time.

Presumably some will have been made in NZ.


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Post  Jeremy Ashford Sun 8 Nov - 13:17

I picked up another Tangaroa bottle on last week's visit to Dargaville.

This one is smaller than my other.
It is so small that it appears to be single serving and I suspect it may have been an airlines giveaway (Polynesian Airlines?) like the little Air New Zealand buildings.
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117mm H x 40 across base

This one also has a footring and a set of numbers "1365" which may help in identifying the pottery involved.

This looks identical to one currently listed on tm by barcookie:
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=977920547

barcookie's one is numbered 1133 or 1135.

Mine was a lot cheaper at $10 (which I really had to think about before paying) but it does lack the tag that I see on the tm one.

The miniature bottle library tells me that the dark brown tangaroa bottle dates from the 1980s: http://www.minibottlelibrary.com/mbl/alpha/tangaroa/

That time period would fit for Crown Lynn, Orzel, and possibly for Parker.

David Stanley's South Pacific Handbook informs us that Tangaroa coconut coffee liqueur was sold in 500ml bottles for $NZ40 and 100ml for $20. I have also seen images showing Tangaroa bottles tagged "Kona Kona" island mango liqueur from Blue Moon Distilleries.

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My two bottles are 50ml and 100ml.

ooga mooga attributes the 100ml "5.5" shape to cheekytiki but I can find no reference to it on the cheekytiki.com site. If it was from cheekytiki it would be no more than ten years old.
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Post  Ev Sat 20 Jul - 14:09

I found a Tangaroa bottle in pretty colours.
Alas his head is cracked, but I didn't notice Razz

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Post  Ev Fri 26 Jul - 6:49

I contacted Gecko from Hawaii about my bottle and he doesn't know who made them, but he has seen them.  He suggested I search on the Tiki Central site which I did and found this topic :
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=23578&forum=5

Mine is the same as the big blue one and the head comes off to get to the contents.
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Post  unouwanit Tue 23 Jan - 15:36

Kia ora all.  Fascinating little read.  Look what I picked up on my travels today.  I just loved him the minute I saw him and knew he was coming home with me.  a second Tangaroa bottle 20240111
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Post  Ev Tue 23 Jan - 16:38

Very Polynesian, but we still don't know who made them Very Happy
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Post  unouwanit Tue 23 Jan - 17:47

Yes have never seen anything like them. Glaze didn't scream CL to me but I still had to have him, I knew I could come here and find someone who had encountered them before. Thanks Jeremy and Ev, these discussions and finds are so useful for building our knowledge. Now I know he comes in several colours, I think I have found a new collection haha. Makes sense to me these being a gift for business class passengers ordering a drink on a flight to or from the islands but no proof on that.

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