Friday, September 30, 2011

Hazel Atlas "Gay-Bar" Shaker Set

1950's Hazel Atlas cocktail shaker set in a gay '90's pattern. The set is called "Gay-Bar" and features a cartoon style, old-timey bar scene. Surronding the shaker are six classic drink recipes. This set includes shaker and top, 5 cocktail and 3 hi-ball glasses (or "shorties" and "longies" as the set called them.)

Inside this "Gay-Bar" a bartender dutifully attends to his customers. At one end of the bar is a lady with a parisol; a dog, seemingly attacking a flea, at her feet. At the other end of the bar, a daper man, complete with bowler hat and cane, keeps the requisite cuspidor close by.

Drink recipes on the shaker show you how to make a Whiskey Sour, a Bacardi, a Bronx, an Alexander, a Daiquiri, a Dubonnet, and a Side Car.

"Side Car"
1/3 Lemon Juice
1/3 Cointreau
1/3 Brandy
Shake well with ice.
Strain and serve.

This drink set was produced in the 1950's by Atlasware (Hazel Atlas) and distributed by Gailstyn. The shaker is marked with the distinctive Hazel Atlas H over A logo.

Orignally a 14-pc. set, 1 "shortie" and 3 "longies" have been lost to posterity.

Condition is absolutely wonderful. The graphics have no wear or loss and the glassware no chips or cracks. One of the cocktail glasses has a "dip" in the lip that is smooth and appears to be a manufacturers flaw. Some of the registration on the graphics is a bit off, but that is to be expected of mass produced items.

Available on our Etsy shop:
Hazel Atlas "Gay-Bar" Shaker Set, 10-pc.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Continental Art Company Plaster Lamps - Pair of Nude Dancers with Capes

Pair of dancing nudes, male and female, with capes. Captured as if in mid-leap. Gracefully rendered. The dancers sensually curve as they effortlessly float through the air towards each other.

This gorgeous pair of plaster, figural lamps is from Continental Art, Co. The lamps are marked on the base, "Continental Art, Co. 1952." One of the lamps still has its paper sticker on it.

The lamp design was created by John W. Lindner of Milwaukee, WI. We located the design patent application, D167,046, filed on February 14, 1952.

From the muscle definition on the figures, down to the golden, laced, sandals, Lindner's design captures the dancers in beautiful detail.

An upcoming auction values two identical lamps, with shades, at between $750 - $1,400.

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