Author Archives: queenofsienna

You-Mix-It

I started to do research on a little glass bottle which had a glass tube within it and the words “You-Mix-It” embossed diagonally across the front. There was foil over the top which read “Manhattan” and “Not Genuine If Seal … Continue reading

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Quaker Silver Company

I knew nothing about the Quaker Silver Company until I came in the possession of a 12 inch long sterling silver cocktail stirrer. The back of the very shallow round bowl had hallmarks which were a “Q” and a crown … Continue reading

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Looking for a Christmas gift?

Finding a good gag Christmas gift can be difficult.  But when you are looking for a gift for that special someone, like dear old Uncle Jim or your favorite bartender, the job becomes even more difficult.  Following are some suggestions … Continue reading

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Toddy Culture

Recently someone asked me about toddy sticks.  I was familiar with toddy strainers, I even had one (photo below) for sale in my Etsy shop, but had never researched toddy sticks or, for that matter, anything toddy related. My understanding … Continue reading

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Napier Novelties,Gimmicks and Gadgets

When I came across the following utensils with the “Napier” mark, I thought they were lovely… and unusual. The pieces are only just over 6 inches in length and the bowls are 3 inches wide.  What were they?  Salad servers, … Continue reading

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Tipping Jiggers

A while back I came across a tipping jigger marked “Industria Argentina”.  I began to research and found that there were quite a number of this style jigger produced in South America.  Then, I found a sterling silver jigger produced … Continue reading

Posted in Akret, H. B Kaempf, jigger, Napier Bottoms Up Jigger, roll over jigger, Tiffany Jigger, tipping jigger, tipsy jigger, Uncategorized, Webster Sterling jigger | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

An Old Fashioned Blog Post

I learn so many interesting things researching vintage and antique items that cross my path.  Take for instance those flat bottom or bent tip little spoons with red ball tops that I had found.  They were less than 4 inches … Continue reading

Posted in Abercrombie & Fitch, bar spoon, bar tool, bar ware, Barker Brothers, Old Fashion Muddler, Old Fashioned Cherry Spoon, Old Fashioned Cocktail, Old Fashioned Spoon, Uncategorized, Whisky Cocktail | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Bernard Rice’s Sons

In the blog post immediately preceding this one, I discussed Bernard Rice’s family but didn’t discuss Bernard Rice’s Sons’ well known cocktail shakers. A successful cocktail shaker line offered by this firm was the “What’ll yer have?” shaker. Louis Rice’s … Continue reading

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Bernard Rice’s Family

You might be familiar with the company known as Bernard Rice’s Sons.  They are well known for cocktail shakers bearing their mark (sometimes accompanied by the Apollo mark) during the 1920s and 1930s.  But little hard documentation can be found … Continue reading

Posted in Apollo Silver, Bernard Rice, Bernard Rice & Son, Bernard Rice's Sons, Jacques Rice, Louis Rice, Rice & Brother, Rice & Oberndorf, Riceszinn, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

Herman Strater’s Hawthorne Strainer

Original Hawthorne strainers showing D. P. Sullivan’s name, the Oct. 11, 1892 patent date and the manufacturer, Manning Bowman & Co. are not easy to find these days.  Finding one with an additional name, Herman Strater & Co., Boston, is … Continue reading

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