This week a set of four Rum Barrel mugs washed up here on the beaches of The Secret Island (...via a local thrift store!) They appear to be in quite good condition and a steal at $8 for the lot. I think that they are Japanese and lack some of the quality of similar designs from more recognized mug manufacturers, but heck with some mood lighting and a couple (... or more!) drinks the effect with me the same.
Rum Barrel mugs are one of thirty different categories of Tiki mug!
I plan to properly photograph my mug collection, upload them to Ooga-Mooga, collect some more and research the origins of Tiki mugs for future posts so stay tuned.