Friday, July 22, 2011

Tom and Jerry Eggnog Punch Bowl and Cups

I am not a retro kitchenware expert, but having a booth may get me to at least the intermediate level one day.  Whenever I come across a cool retro item, I research it.

Today, I came across this fun milk glass set, which I assumed was a Christmas mixing bowl and some mugs.  I wondered why it would have Tom and Jerry written on it.


It turns out it's a Hazel Atlas punch bowl and cups, specifically made for eggnog. A Tom and Jerry is an eggnog recipe traditionally served between Christmas and New Years.

Pierce Egan, wrote a book called "Life of London: or Days and Nights of Jerry Hawthorne and His Elegant Friend Corinthina Tom" in the early 1820's. To publicize his book, Mr. Egan concocted a variation of egg-nog he called "Tom and Jerry".


I even found recipes online, like this one on AllRecipes for Tom and Jerry Eggnog.  The original was fortified with rum and brandy.

There are a number of different patterns for this series.  The one I have is called Christmas Cheer, but some refer to it as Top Hats.  There are a number of other Tom and Jerry patterns.  They all look very similar, but the pictures are a little different.  Sometimes the writing is red and pictures green or vice versa.  Other patterns include Auld Lang Syne, Currier and Ives, and Colonial.  You can see more of these on Ebay.

What I have not been able to do is find out if the different patterns correspond to different dates or what year/s my set might have been made.  If anyone out there has more info, please let me know!

8 comments:

  1. Very interesting what a great find.

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  2. I have the egg nog colored bowl but no cups are left to it

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    1. Hi I have 6 cups that might go with your bowl they have egg nog in big red letters with a green christmas seen on the bottom in a-1 shape no chips call if interested 1401-245-4377 holly or richard thankyou.

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  3. My inlaws used this pattern at their bar in the 40's.

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  4. I have a Tom and Jerry set with Tom and Jerry on one side and a windmill on the other I can find out no info on it. it is made in the U.S.A. by W.S. George does anyone anything on this.
    Thanks

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  5. I to bought this set at a garage sale in orginal box from Atlas,the couple got it as a wedding gift they were married in the early fifties.What a steal I got paid $5

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  6. I have a set with 12 cups. It is a set with red lettering and a red swirl around it. It has a mark on the bottom of it that I can not see. I would like to know if any one has this set and maybe knows how old it is and maybe what it is worth or where to take it and find out. I got the set from my grandmother who past away a few years ago.
    Thanks

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  7. I have a set of the white cups red letters, comes with a bowl. My mom got them from my grandmother and I got them from my mom. I have no use for them. If anyone know what they are worth and anyone interested in them please let me know. Thank you.

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