Silverplate and Gilt "Tells You How" Cocktail Shaker
Sold for $688
second quarter 20th century, by the Napier Co., Meriden, Connecticut, designed in 1932 by Le Roy Haviland Fontan (1891-1964), of slightly tapering cylindrical form, the gilt insert engraved around the rim with the names of sixteen cocktails and turning to reveal the ingredients for each in the cut-out windows on the body below, with ogee-domed strainer cap and domed lid.
h. 10-3/4", dia. 3-3/4"
Literature: Stephen Visakay, Vintage Bar Ware (Paducah, Kentucky: Collector Books, 1997), pp. 79-80 (illustrated).
Simon Khachadourian, The Cocktail Shaker (London: Philip Wilson, 2000), pp. 97-98, (illustrated).
Notes: The "Tell-You-How" cocktail shaker was one of the most popular and useful of the 1930s. Designed in 1932 and patented in 1935, this is one of the originals created by Napier from Le Roy H. Fontan's patent; it was offered at Saks Fifth Avenue for $7.50 (about $100 today). The concept was imitated in England, France, Italy and many other countries.
**In overall good condition, with a few minor dings on the underside, but otherwise no issues noted. Marked (on the underside) "Napier" and "U.S. and Foreign / Patents Pending".