Thursday, November 12, 2009

Anchor Hocking Fire King Coffee Mugs

Retro Coffee Mugs

Retro coffee mugs are fun and are easy to collect kitchen collectibles. There are hundredths of Anchor Hocking mugs available to choose from Common patterns such as the florals shown here can be found in thrift stores and flea markets for a few dollars.

Tips About Values

In my shop Kitsch N Stuff, which is part of a very large Antique Multi-Dealer Shop called The Collinsville Antiques Company, dealers are not allowed to sell items under $5.00. So many of us end up pricing these kitschy collectibles a little higher than they are really worth.

But when you visit your local Good Will store or Salvation Army, you will see shelves and shelves of these inexpensive mugs. Once you get them home and placed in your retro or vintage kitchen, they are delightful additions to your retro houseware. Colorful and practical, they look great displayed with a red checked shelf lining as shown in the photos.

Advertising mugs (banks, schools, motels) are also available and sell for a dollar or two.

Character mugs Are Priced Higher

Mugs that advertise National companies or chain restaurants may sell for a little bit more, but not too much more. Character mugs such as Snoopy or Ziggy are more collectible and can fetch $12.00-15.00.

The mugs shown above are 1960's stackable flower power mugs signed "Anchor Hocking Fire King Oven Proof 17 Made in the USA". Size 31/2 tall by 3" diameter across the top. They are from the collection of

For more information on Anchor Hocking coffee mugs, be sure to read Cathy and Gene Florence's 4th edition of Anchor Hocking's Fire-Ling & More Identification and Value Guide. ( This is a must read for lovers of kitchen collectibles.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.

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