Marshall Field's Walnut Room Christmas Mugs - Comprehensive Historical List

Just last week, I posted the most recent Marshall Field's Walnut Room Christmas mug that I came across at an antique mall up in Wisconsin.  That made it five in the collection here on the blog.

Here's the list of posts on the topic here on "Why I Oughta...":

1980 - Tree with Bear tall glass.
1981 - Contortionist Santas glass mug.
1983 - Uncle Mistletoe tall glass.
1986 - Greetings from Mistletoe Bear Red outline
2000 - Mr. and Mrs. Santabear Marriage glass mug with multiple colors.

But, you'll note that sometime between 1983 and 1986, Marshall Field's moved from using Uncle Mistletoe to someone called Mistletoe Bear.  And then by 2000, the bear had gotten married and his name changed to Santabear.

That set me down on an eBay rabbit hole to see if I could piece together the full list of mugs.  Here's the fruits of that effort:  The Definitive Guide to Marshall Field's Christmas Mugs.  I have been able to document every year starting in 1980 to today with the missing years: 1982, 1998, 2000, 2011, 2016, 2017.

A few notable trends:

Uncle Mistletoe makes an appearance in 1983, but not after.
1985 featured green printing and a pair of German-like kids.
1986 saw the introduction of Mistletoe Bear.  By 1989, the bear began to go unnamed.
1989 was the last year they used the world "Christmas" on the mugs.
1993 the bear gained a new name:  Santabear.  Which they used thru 2007.
Macy's started branding the mugs in 2006 and ran with Santabear for two years before going to a terribly generic mug.

A listing of the time periods.
1980  to 1985 - Hot Toddy Glasses
1986 to 1989 - the Mistletoe Bear Years and the end of Christmas
1990 - the Centennial year
1991 - 1992 - the unmaned "holiday" bear
1993 - 2007 - The Santabear years
2006 to present - the Macy's Years
2008 to present - the Walnut Room generic Years

The Full Archive:

1980 - Tree with Bear tall glass.
1981 - Contortionist Santas glass mug.
1983 - Uncle Mistletoe tall glass.


1984 - Marshall Field's & Christmas Red Bear and snowflakes Hot Toddy via this eBay listing.




1985 - "German" boy and girl with small tree in green outline along with "Marshall Field's & Christmas" and 1985 all on one side of Hot Toddy glass via this eBay listing.


1986 - Mistletoe Bear outline and "Marshall Field's & Christmas" on front, bear outline on back.  I posted about this glass that I spotted at Antique Mall, but only captured the front.  But, via this eBay listing comes the 2nd photo which shows the rear outline of "Mistletoe Bear" on the opposite side.





1987 - Mistletoe Bear's "Second Christmas" with ice skates in red outline one-sided via this eBay listing.



1988 - Mistletoe Bear "I can Barely wait!" and Marshall Field's & Christmas in red via this eBay listing.




1989 - "Sailor" (unnamed) Bear with "Marshall Field's & Christmas" in red outline one-sided via this eBay listing.



1990 - "The Restaurants of Marshall Field's - Our Centennial Year 1890-1990 with Christmas toy red outline drawing and "Marshall Fields & Christmas" on front via this eBay listing.

 

1991 - "Juggling" (unnamed) bear with chef's hat and apron and "Marshall Field's 1991" in red outline via this eBay listing.


1992 - (unnamed) Bear with music - Marshall Field's "Holiday" in green one-sided via this eBay listing.




1993 - Santabear with luggage in red outline and "Marshall Field's Holiday" via this eBay listing.




1994 - Juggling Santabear red drawing (No Walnut Room) via this eBay listing



1995 - Santabear "Explorer" 1995 red outline with Marshall Field's one-sided via this eBay listing.



1996 - "Fireman" Santabear ringing bell with "Santabear" on top and "Marshall Field's" on bottom in red outline one-sided via this eBay listing.




1997 - Toy Solider Santabear with "Marshall Fields - Santabear '97" in red outline via this eBay listing.



1999 - Wizard Santabear in circle - No store branding via this eBay listing.



2001 - Santabear in space with Marshall Field's (green) logo via this eBay listing.



2002 - Santabear Family one side red, one side green with Marshall Field's "the sheer joy of shopping" on side opposite handle via this eBay listing.

  


2003 - Full Color bear on one side, Mrs. bear on other (no mention of name), Marshall Field's (green) logo and 2003 opposite handle via this eBay listing.

 


2004 - Ski rescue bear with St. Bernard.  Marshall Field's (green) logo via this eBay listing.

 


2005 - Santabear and Mrs. Santabear in full color on one side, Marshall Field's (green) logo on reverse (no photo of that side) via this eBay listing.


2006 - Santabear chasing star in black box (3 color) with "Santabear 2006" at bottom - same design on two-sides and Macy's logo opposite handle via this eBay listing.
 

2007 - Santabear family in pajamas in color with Macy's logo opposite handle via this eBay listing.



2008 - The Walnut Room "Holiday" in a box, words only via this eBay listing.


2009 - The Walnut Room "Holiday" in a box, words only via this eBay listing.


2010 - The Walnut Room "Holiday" in box on front, The Great Tree drawing on back via this eBay listing.





2012 - The Walnut Room "The Great Tree" red drawing 
via this eBay listing.



2013 - The Walnut Room - Holiday 2013 (no box) on front, "The Great Tree" on back in red outline via this eBay listing.






2014 - The Walnut Room "The Great Tree" red drawing via this eBay listing.




2015 - The Walnut Room "Holiday" with "The Great Tree" and the Frango logo via this eBay listing.

 

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