Vintage Barware Auction

If you don’t already have a penguin-shaped cocktail shaker, check out this Sotheby’s auction underway now. The shakers, ice buckets, and glasses were selected by Alan Bedwell to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Prohibition. While Prohibition lasted from 1920 to 1933, the items in the auction range from the 1700s to the 1980s.

Penguin Cocktail Shaker, c. 1936. Source: Sotheby’s.
Bakelite and Silver-Plated Cocktail Shaker, c. 1930s. Source: Sotheby’s.
Lighthouse Cocktail Shaker, c. 1927-1929. Source: Sotheby’s.
Italian Lucite Ice Bucket, c. 1970s. Source: Sotheby’s.


  1. Art Deco and cocktail items were a perfect pairing. Also love Bakelite items, particularly in bright primary colors, especially the clocks.

    1. Also gotta like the vintage Bakelite radios (most of which are more affordable than the things in this auction).

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