‘The Boston Lighthouse’ Cocktail Shakers, 1927
Reference: 4181, 5974
‘The Ideal American Lighthouse’
Two outstanding examples of the iconic, International Silver Company-designed ‘Boston Lighthouse’ cocktail shakers from 1927. The shaker was originally retailed in two sizes, the largest (a monumental 21 inches in height) and 12-pint capacity, was only retailed for the first year, its cost of $600 (making it prohibitively expensive for most) resulting in this size being extremely scarce. This usable design, in three sections, the finial, cap and tapered body features applied windows and toward the top, a gallery with double balustrade surrounding the ‘lantern’.
This novelty shaker model is based on the Boston Light, located on Little Brewster Island, outer Boston Harbour and is the oldest working lighthouse in the USA, dating back to the Revolutionary War. Destroyed in 1776 and subsequently rebuilt in 1783, it continues to shine a light 27 miles out into the Atlantic.
(Left) smaller model, 15 inches (38 cm) tall
Price Code: ££££
(Right) scarce, large model, 21 inches (54 cm) tall
Price Code: £££££
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