Wednesday Feature #14— Vintage Barware

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Cocktails, Dahling…

16 pc. cocktail stir sticks assortment. 1960-70s advertising promotion items

Retro Love— Here’s to the Return of the Home Bar (or BarCart)

You (or at least I) see it everywhere these days. The return of an elegant and sophisticated, lovingly styled bar cart, cabinet or home bar. After the decade of Wine, many are returning to the satisfaction of a well-turned cocktail in the evenings, the chic and classic cocktail party complete with hors d’œuvres, tapas, or charcuterie and cheese board. Not to minimize the appeal of wine. It is still very much a thing, but the wine rack is being reincorporated into the larger aspect of the Bar.  I know that is in part nostalgia, sparked by tv shows like “Mad Men” and “The Astronaut Wives Club”— but it is also part and parcel of a movement to reclaim our home, to make it a haven from the crazy world we live in. People are returning to their kitchens, preparing thoughtfully assembled meals and desserts, and they are opening their homes to entertain in ways that hearken back to the graciousness and attention to detail of times past.

Vintage Bar CartAt our house, it all started with an adorable Bar Cart I espied at a local used furniture store. The first time I saw it (It was not at all what I was looking for at the time!) , I reluctantly left it behind. The second time, when it was still there and still such a bargain, I took it as a sign from the Thrifting Gods and purchased it. It was soon joined by a glass front Bar Cabinet with wine rack, and has since been fully stocked. My son and I have started a casual challenge, to every week or so, experiment with a different classic cocktail. We’ve done the martini, old fashioned, gin and tonic, and Moscow Mule just to name a few. Right now, the Moscow Mule is our fave! Great to sip on a chilly winter evening.

Over the Holidays in 2016, our family decided to do a round of open houses featuring snacks, a signature cocktail or two, and a great deal of fun. I was barely through cleaning up from Thanksgiving and decorating when I got to start the round of parties. It was so much fun, but ended up being a bit too much of a good thing. With already full holiday schedules, we packed in an amazing amount of merriment. We will do something similar next year, but perhaps alternate years on some, or space them differently.

On the plus side, we got to see one another”s homes decked out in their finest holiday glam, and sample some world-class food and drink. We are a large family gifted with so many talented and creative souls, that it couldn’t help but be an adventure. Perhaps the most creative of us (certainly the foremost DIYer)  is my nephew Chris. He and his wife’s home exemplifies their style savvy lifestyle, their great taste, and his ability to do or make pretty much anything he sets his mind to. Case in point—a magnificent bar he built on the bones of a used cabinet he bought second-hand. The love and attention he lavished on it was apparent in its sleek lines, sophisticated presentation and carefully curated accessories. I did not take pictures, but I will get some in the future to show off here.

Nostalgic Barware

All this just to lead up to this week’s feature. (And yes, I know it is now Thursday, and this is the Wednesday Feature. My weak defense is that I did start this yesterday after spending all morning updating our O Deer Mercantile Etsy Shop.) As is not unusual for me, vintage things tend to present themselves to me in clusters of one sort of commonality or other. I am pretty certain this is pure serendipity and synchronicity! I am always on the lookout for all sorts of things, so when they form these fortuitous groups over short periods of time, I can’t help but notice 😎 

Mid Century Gilded Glass Ice Bucket: Culver Glass Valencia Pattern with 22K Gold Trim- $30.00

With its distinctive 22K gold and olive green diamond design, Valencia was the most popular pattern of Culver Glass Barware…

Vintage Barware: Mid Century Pressed Glass Ice Bucket w/ Hammered Chrome Handle Diamond Pattern- $16.00

Vintage pressed glass Ice bucket with silver tone/chrome handle. Bar Bucket from the 1960s or 70s. Diamond pattern. Very stylish…

Crystal Liquor Decanter with Stoppered Top: Retro Heavy Glass Carafe $24.00

Lovely crystal carafe for whiskey, bourbon, etc. Very heavy glassware with stoppered top…

Cut Crystal Glass Ice Bucket, Wine Champagne Chiller, Cooler: Diamonds and Fan Pattern Crystal- $53.00

Vintage Cut Crystal Ice Bucket/Champagne Bucket in diamonds and fan pattern. This clear crystal bucket is absolutely beautiful. Would be perfect decor for a wedding, anniversary or shower…

Cocktail Stirrers, Swizzle Sticks: 16 pcs.Novelty Plastic Souvenir Barware- $14.00

Lot of 16 Plastic Souvenir Cocktail Stir Sticks from 60s-70s. Hawaii, Miami, NC, Golf Clubs assortment. Fun way to stir your drinks. Great for display. Most are 5 to 6 inches long. Good condition: some fading and wear on some. Look closely at photos for more information…

Glass Cocktail Shaker: 1970s Libbey Glass Shaker with Drink Recipes in Black- $10.00

Libbey Glass Cocktail mixer/shaker from the late 1960s/early 70s. No lid! Black design on glass includes recipes for classic cocktails including Manhattan, Pina Colada, Daquiri, Tom Collins, Martini, Old Fashioned and Whiskey Sour…

Pressed Glass Ice Bucket with Silver Plate Rim, Handle and Tongs- $24.00

Sweet little mid century pressed glass ice bucket with a silver plated rim and handle. Stylized silver plate ice tongs included. This bar bucket is about 4 1/2 inches in diameter at top but about 5 inches at its widest point. 5 inches tall…

For more information, check these items out at our O Deer Mercantile Etsy Shop! Also available some time over the next couple of days, some etched champagne glasses, champagne coupes and an absolutely awesome Crystal Champagne bucket by Mikasa. I will list these as soon as I have time.

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16 pc. cocktail stir sticks assortment. 1960-70s advertising promotion items

Have a great week…

 

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