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Mearto Specialist:


Delia has nearly 30 years of experience at regional and international auction houses in the United States, and is also currently the editor of an art and antiques trade publication that tracks market trends, auctions and antiques shows. Delia is a generalist in glass, ceramics, silver and other metals, fine art, textiles, antiquities, wines and spirits, stamps and currency, collectibles and dolls and toys. Additionally, she is a specialist in 15th to 21st Century furniture from around the world. Her extensive professional network of appraisers, curators, dealers and collectors has proven to be an invaluable resource in her work for Mearto.

Are you interested in a Barware appraisal?

Rare barware items, including vintage and collectible pieces, can be highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors. The rarity and value of barware often depend on factors such as age, brand, design, materials used, and overall condition. Here are some examples of rare barware items that collectors may find particularly interesting:

Art Deco Cocktail Shakers:

Vintage cocktail shakers from the Art Deco era (1920s-1930s) are highly collectible. These shakers often feature sleek, geometric designs and may be made from materials like chrome, silver, or glass. Rare and ornate designs can command premium prices.

Mid-Century Modern Glassware:

Mid-century modern glassware, especially pieces from renowned designers and manufacturers, can be considered rare and valuable. Look for brands like Blenko, Dorothy Thorpe, or Fred Press, known for their distinctive designs during the mid-20th century.

Tiki Mugs and Glassware:

Vintage Tiki mugs and glassware from the mid-20th century Tiki bar culture are highly sought after. Rare designs or those from famous Tiki bars can be valuable collectibles.

Prohibition-Era Flasks:

Flasks from the Prohibition era (1920-1933) are often considered rare. Some may have hidden compartments or unique designs reflecting the secretive nature of carrying alcohol during that time.

Bitters Bottles:

Antique bitters bottles, especially those with intricate labels and rare or discontinued brands, can be valuable to collectors. Bitters were commonly used in cocktails, and vintage bottles can have historical significance.

Limited Edition Barware Sets:

Limited edition or commemorative barware sets produced by renowned brands or designers can be rare and highly sought after. These sets may include glasses, shakers, or other accessories with unique designs or features.

Copper and Brass Barware:

Vintage copper or brass barware items, such as mugs, jiggers, and mixing bowls, can be rare and desirable. The patina and craftsmanship of these materials contribute to their appeal.

Advertising Barware:

Barware featuring vintage advertising, especially from well-known spirits brands, can be collectible. Items like advertising signs, mirrors, or glassware with branded logos are sought after by collectors.

Cocktail Stirrers and Picks:

Vintage cocktail stirrers and picks, especially those with unique shapes or branding, can be rare collectibles. Look for sets with distinctive designs or those associated with iconic bars.

Crystal Decanters:

Antique or vintage crystal decanters, particularly those with intricate cut glass patterns or unique shapes, can be rare and valuable. Some may be associated with famous crystal manufacturers.

Vintage Ice Buckets:

Ice buckets with unique designs, branding, or materials can be collectible. Look for vintage ice buckets made from materials like Lucite, chrome, or bakelite.

When evaluating the rarity and value of barware, it's essential to consider the overall condition of the items, including any signs of wear, damage, or restoration. Additionally, provenance, historical significance, and the current market demand for specific items can influence their value in the collector's market.

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