In the 1920s martinis were served from sterling silver shakers by high society while the less affluent made do with glass or nickel-plated devices. The mixed drink and cocktail shaker was powered by Prohibition. People who had never tasted a cocktail before were knocking on speakeasy doors. But the real popularity explosion of cocktail shakers occurred after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. Now they were featured frequently on the silver screen, shakers and accoutrements part of every movie set. Stars were constantly sipping cocktails when they weren't lighting each others' cigarettes, both de rigueur symbols of sophistication.
The Art Deco movie set aesthetic was perfect for the Depression-driven cocktail shaker and it's nod to elegance and glamour. Elegant French antique silver plated cocktail shaker circa 1930's. A stylish addition to any bar setting, this antique cocktail shaker was designed in the Art Deco Era.,