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Vintage Bar Ware: Identification & Value Guide

Vintage Bar Ware gives identification and values of cocktail shakers, stemware, ice buckets, serving trays, recipe books, paper collectibles, cocktail picks, swizzle sticks, and more. There's also a section of classic cocktail recipes, special chapters on the bar ware manufacturers and the guest star designers, as well as tips in caring for and finding bar ware at bargain prices. Over 300 color pictures. 2000 values. AUTHORBIO: Hailed as one of America's top 100 collectors by Art & Antiques Magazine, Stephen Visakay has canvassed the world for cocktail shakers and vintage bar ware for over 25 years. He invites all of us to share in his knowledge - and his passion - for these fascinating and unique relics of our past in his book Vintage Bar Ware. Visakay's vast collection has been featured in seven museum exhibitions, and his collection totals over 1,800 pieces. REVIEW: This book gives a look back at the spirit of a more graceful time in our nation's history, a time of elegance and glamour. The aesthetic value of cocktail cultural artifacts is receiving a wide recognition, not only as beautiful objects to use and enjoy in one's home, but as the documents and artifacts of history.

Hardcover: 208 pages

Publisher: Collector Books (May 1997)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0891457895

ISBN-13: 978-0891457893

Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches

Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Stephen Visakay is the most knowledgeable bar ware expert on the planet. He has distilled his knowledge, shaken it, and served it up in this delightful volume for our imbibing pleasure. He offers an overview of the golden age of cocktail shakers and other classic bar accoutrements. There is something here for everyone, from the novice to the advanced collector. The only thing missing is the olive... cheers!

This is book is considered a staple to the barware collector. The book reads into his enthusiam for collecting barware as well as his extensive knowledge and research on the subject. No other book can compare. There are just as many georgeous pictures as interesting text. After reading this book cover to cover you will use it frequently as a reference guide so keep this one within easy reach.

It's the price guide to the new cocktail culture. with fun stories on prohibition and it's repeal , rum running, all shaken and stirred with over 350 color photos, patent copies an illustrations of cocktail shakers and bar war accoutrements. see page 212 of jan issue of playboy mag for short review.

After reading this book, I got the three best shakers in my collection at really low prices. Thanks, Steve, for sharing your shaker knowledge and collecting secrets.

Mr. Visakay's book combines characterics unfound in other pricing and information guides: it provides insight into the author in a charming way while providing highly accurate information. Although I am a knowledable collector, I read the book cover to cover. Stephen Visakay is clearly the definitive source. I am an international collector buying in the US, London and Paris. Without a doubt this book has saved me a fortunue. Given that so few cocktail shakers were ever marked, a visual guide as presented in the book is critical. Understanding the rarity a item is the key to successful collecting. Thank you Stephen!

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