One of the many, many things that I find myself drawn to when I am antique hunting is vintage barware. I think I have a romantic notion about the era where cocktails were the part of the food pyramid. A time when martini lunches, scotch neat at the office and classic cocktails at home were the norm. Along with cocktail popularity came the bar accessory boom and for the first time bar tools were more than utilitarian, they were now artistic.
Last weekends flea finds included some very fun and interesting treasures. One of my finds was a unique version of a measuring jigger made of silver, by the Napier family of costume jewelry and quality barware fame.
Such lovely construction and design. Jigger is heavy but pivots at the slightest twist of the handle as it rests on the lip of a glass, dropping the measured spirits into the glass below.
Not only did I find the silver jigger, I also found four of these vintage glasses with an embossed rooster design. They will look great on the bar cabinet. Barware is a great theme for a collection, interesting pieces can still be found. I think that vintage barware is the perfect addition when gifting a bottle of spirits. Tie a treasure like this around the neck of a bottle with a beautiful ribbon to make your gift one of a kind this holiday season. You still have plenty of time to find just the right piece. Cheers!