Wed June 19, 2013
In the shape of Richard Nixon's face but with a long nose and elephant ears. One side is marked "DICK" and the other has a callout with "RUMPH!" in it. The inside is blue. Marked "© RUMPH 1971 USA" on the bottom.
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Current Estimated Value in Mint Condition: $50-$150
Added on: 01/20/2003
Added by: THE RUMPH Webmaster (email me!) from Dallas, TX
Add information about this piece
As the story goes, Rumph did not have permission from the government to produce these mugs. When they found out about it, they made them stop production and confiscated all the ones that were in inventory. They couldn't do anything about the ones that had already been sold, which was 2000 at that time.
Added by THE RUMPH Webmaster from Dallas, TX on 01/17/2004
I have been looking into the history of the Nixon tankard for several years. As you say, Rumph information is very scarce. But I have found out a few things that are not in agreement with the information you have provided in the "Added Information" section. The Nixon tankard was not produced by the Nelson McCoy Pottery. According to Nelson McCoy, the pottery did produce a few, around six, test pieces. However, these were rejected by Jim Rumph, and that was the end of Jim Rumph's association withe the Nelson McCoy Pottery. Subsequently, I suspected that the tankard may have been made by Ceramarte of Brazil. After contact with them I learned that they did not make the Tankard either. I am at a loss as to who actually made it.
The issue of not having "government permission" to produce the Nixon tankard, the confiscation of remaining stock of the tankards, and the previous production of 2000 tankards which were already in collectors hands, is, in my opinion all bogus. Jim Rumph did not need government permission to produce the tankard, and since he didn't the government would not have confiscated anything. Where the number 2000 that you quote came from is anybody's guess - imagination I suppose.
Added by Dewayne Imsand from Mobile, Al on 07/22/2007
Here is a picture of the Nixon tankard that was made as a test piece by the Nelson McCoy Pottery. The planned contract to have the McCoy pottery produce the tankards fell through and Rumph went elsewhere to have the tankards commercially produced.
I was given the Nixon tankard from a Nelson McCoy sales manager about eight years ago.
I don't remember if I mentioned it before, but I am a longtime collector of McCoy pottery. I have contributed to most all of the McCoy reference books and I am currently the Vice-President of the McCoy Pottery Collectors' Society, and the editor of our Journal.
I do extensive research of McCoy pottery and subjects related to the pottery. I have written numerous articles, and I am the major contributor to the Society Web site.
You may want to visit the site. The address is mccoypotterycollectorssociety.org
Added by Dewayne Imsand from Mobile, Al on 07/26/2007
at one point I was the sales mgr out of the DC area, working for Steve and Mike Cram...the Nixon mug should have been produced by California Originals...I sold a good order of Nixon and Agnew mugs to the State Dept gift shop...after delivery, the buyer called and begged me to take the Nixon mugs back or he would be axed
Added by fred bates from sarasota fl on 04/20/2012