Cocktail Shaker

This silver cocktail shaker was patented in 1924. Shaped like a vase and covered in a hammered surface effect, this shaker was a part of a set of eight accompanying cups that were used during the Prohibition era. Ratified on January 16, 1919, the Eighteenth Amendment made the manufacture, transport, and sale of alcohol illegal in the United States. This restriction on the alcohol industry ushered in Prohibition, an era that impacted the social, political, and economic landscapes of America.
Object Name
shaker, cocktail
date made
ca 1920-1940
Bernard Rice's Sons, Inc.
Physical Description
cork (lid material)
cork (lid, spout material)
silver (lid material)
silver (lid, spout material)
silver (overall material)
plating (overall production method/technique)
pitcher: 18.7 cm x 11.7 cm; 7 3/8 in x 4 5/8 in
overall: 4 5/8 in x 9 3/8 in x 7 5/8 in; 11.7475 cm x 23.8125 cm x 19.3675 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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