Vintage Fire King and Milk Glass Coffee Mugs
Yet another one of my vices is anything Fire King. Especially the coffee mugs. I always pick up any mint condition Fire King mugs that I find. I often pay too much but it cannot be helped. If I left them behind it would keep me up at night. They don’t even really need to be Fire King. I have quite a few unmarked milk glass mugs as well as Federal and Termocrisa . Some of them are really hard to put up on my Etsy shop but I take comfort in knowing that they’re going to someone that will love and appreciate them as much as I do. Nothing breaks my heart more than to find mugs that are sick from a dishwasher. Oh the horror!
A great reference for Fire King mugs that I personally have in my collection (because sometimes Googling just doesn’t give you enough information) is this fantastic book called Anchor Hocking’s Fire King & More by Gene Florence. If you’re into Fire King, I highly recommend it. If you want to check it out on Amazon click here or click on the link below (it may not show up if you have an ad blocker installed).
I’m forever searching for cartoon character mugs from Peanuts or Disney. Those particular mugs can sell for a pretty penny. Restaurant chain mugs are also a great find. I recently sold a pair of A&W mugs that were in unused condition. Independent businesses like motels or even sports teams ones are floating out there in the ether. I had a set of Super Fruits that didn’t last long in the shop. Unused or minty Fire King mugs or the like are so highly collectable they do not sit long on any shelf. If you see them out there at a thrift shop or garage sale do not hesitate to snag them and run.
I have a set of D handled Fire King Jadeite mugs displayed in my kitchen. I did have more Jadeite mugs in the C handle design….I sold them when I first opened my Etsy shop. I deeply regret that now but I was just starting out on Etsy and needed to make some sales. I knew that if I put up some Jadeite for sales in my new shop that it would not take long to hear the glorious “CHA CHING” that I long to hear coming from my cell phone.
There is one style of Fire King mugs that I usually avoid at all costs. I wouldn’t even bring them home of I were given them for free. They are the colored Kimberly design mugs (they kind of look like an Argyle print and are 3D). YUCK I hate them! I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder but who thought that that was a good idea?? These mugs are terribly common and are found in all sorts of colors. That being said if you ever come across this style of mug in the white iridescent color BUY IT! They are going for as much as $100 per mug on eBay right now.