Vintage Cocktail Shakers

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2015-06-26 10:31:36

Vintage cocktail shakers are original containers used for mixing alcoholic beverages, fruit juices, syrups and liqueurs.

Brief history and description

During the 1920s (or "The Jazz Age") a large number of bar ware items featuring Art Deco designs were becoming mass-produced in the U.S.

Some of the many popular styles and shapes of shakers include:

  • "The Skyscraper" - A style of shaker which features an asymmetric spout and a sleek shape.
  • "The Revere" - An Art Deco design which was common during the 1930s in America and originally designed by William Archibald Weldon for the Revere Copper and Brass Company.
  • "The Chase" - Another Art Deco design produced during the 1930s and featuring polished chrome and Bakelite accents.
  • "The Zeppelin" - A style that was first introduced in 1928 and featured a nickel-plated body which was shaped in the style of a bullet.

Guide for collectors

"The Zeppelin" is one of the most valued styles of shakers among collectors, as well as any shaker with a unique shape or bright colour.

A cocktail shaker featuring the shape of a lighthouse is considered to be extremely rare, and is worth as much as $23,900. One way to identify an authentic Lighthouse shaker is to look for an "International Silverplate" mark on the bottom of the item.

The Jazz Age website has a collection of various vintage bar ware items, as well as CocktailShakers.com and The Art Deco Society of Washington.

Value

Sotheby's in New York sold a chromium-plated brass "Manhattan" cocktail set which was manufactured by the Revere Copper and Brass Company in New York (circa 1937) and consisting of a tray, shaker and eight goblets for $9,375 in June of 2008.

Phillips de Pury & Company in New York sold a silver-plated metal shaker (15.75" in height; circa 1934) which was manufactured by the International Silver Company and impressed with the artist's fascimile signature for $4,200 in December of 2009.

Fantasticantiques Inc. in Temecula, California sold a sterling silver dragon shaker (circa 1940s) featuring an elaborate dragon decor for $350 in April of 2008, and the same shaker sold for $400 in May of 2008.

The Three Rivers Auction Company in Washington, Pennsylvania sold a vintage shaker set (circa 1950; 17.5" x 11.5") consisting of a shaker with a red bakelite handle and cups for $50 in May of 2012.

Auctions Neapolitan in Naples, Florida sold a cranberry flash glass shaker (circa 1960s; 10.25" in height) with a chrome top, six matching glasses for $15 in March of 2008.

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