Sat May 18, 2013
THE CROSS-EYED TANKARDAKA: Cross-eyed Creature Tankard, Gremlin, Troll
The outside is brown and depicts a cross-eyed face on one side. On the other side is the seven-headed serpent. The inside is blue and has a tan-colored, gremlin crouching in the bottom. The handle is either the inside blue color or tan-colored. Marked "© RUMPH 1971" on the bottom. Measures 5.25" high, 5.25" deep, and 5.5" across, from handle to side of mug. This was one of the first mugs Rumph commercialized.
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Current Estimated Value in Mint Condition: $20-$35
Added on: 01/15/2003
Added by: THE RUMPH Webmaster (email me!) from Dallas, TX
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Notice the different color and glaze variations of the brown-handled version, which is not marked on the bottom.
Added by THE RUMPH Webmaster from Dallas, TX on 03/04/2004
I believe the unmarked version was made in California. The marked version was made in Brazil by Ceramarte.
Added by THE RUMPH Webmaster from Dallas, TX on 03/24/2004
I was given "The Cross-Eyed Tankard" by a close friend in 1990. And though it is just now (March 2007) that I am aware of who Rumph was (is), I have always been deeply drawn to it. Having gone through a recent move, the tankard was stored in a box somewhere in the basement, which I felt an urgency to find. It was found quickly and I turned to the internet to see, just by chance, if any information on Rumph could be found. My need to find it was driven partly from feeling very reminscent, as my young son was recently killed on his bike in California. Tears fell as I read that Rumph died tragically the same way. The piece has been my number one treasure since receiving it and now I understand why.
Added by Robbie Elkins from Atlanta, GA on 03/08/2007
The tankard photo I submitted is unmarked and has no glazing. I notice the smooth handle is different from some that have the birch tree markings. Great site!
Added by Peggy Glatz from Illinois on 04/19/2007
Mine is identical to the one in the picture- glazing,color, handle, et.cet., but has NO markings on the bottom.
Added by Earthdog from Phoenix, Arizona on 05/24/2007
I have one of the "smooth-bottomed" tankards and wonder about the "DAVE" which is formed over the fool's head. Mainly, I wonder if this wasn't a reference to Cheech and Chong's routine of the time "Dave's not here!". The timeline is about right. Like I said, it's just an idle thought.
Added by John Dacey from Los Angeles, California on 05/11/2011