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  • Item Category: Alcohol & Smoking
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jun 29, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

For barware collectors, those interested in vintage hammered-metal items, and lovers of silverplate objects in general, up for auction is a handsome, nicely polished E.P.N.S. cocktail shaker made by Bernard Rice's Sons of New York City, probably from the 1920s or 1930s (but not necessarily a great example of Art Deco or Streamline Moderne design like other barware produced during that period). In fact, the hammered surface and somewhat more traditional (i.e., non-streamlined) design would make it fit very well in an Arts and Crafts room setting.

It's interesting the way the hammered pattern on the lower section is looser, with the indentations larger than on the upper section (the two sections are divided by a raised horizontal line about 5-1/2 inches up from the bottom) , w the hammered bits are denser and the all-around pattern is more marked. Most of the top of the lid is hammered, t are concave, indented areas all along the top of the lid's handle, and the main handle, spout, and removable stopper/cap are not hammered. All in all, the contrasts between the hammered and smooth bits of metal make for a rich overall design of this very attractive piece.

The hammered-silver shaker is fully marked/engraved on the bottom (the close-up photo is a bit off-color -- in realty, the bottom is as shiny as the rest of the
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