We Love: 1920s Barware

The history of 1920s barware: Prohibition in America from 1920 to 1933 dictated a ban on the commercial sale of alcohol. This drove bars and clubs underground with all night dancing and of course drinking. In an age of decadence and celebration, the art deco design influenced barware with its geometric lines, mirrored accents and love of glamour.

Vintage 1920s barware cocktailware for your retro party
Cocktails were the drink of choice with European recipes enjoyed by American bright young things. Martini was a favourite, as illegal gin was readily available on the black market, and was served in an angular clear glass. Champagne was also drunk, with complimentary bottles sent to tables along with coupe glasses. These open bowled glasses ooze glamour but their design causes the champagne to lose its bubbles quicker and are not so popular nowadays. Babycham copied this style in the 1950s wanting to replicate the opulent feel of this time. Decanters were used at home to store whisky and brandy. These too were angular in shape with matching smaller glasses edged with a gold rim.

Vintage 1920s barware cocktailware for your retro party

All of this 1920s barware needed to be stored or hidden so the cocktail cabinet was designed. Furniture makers in Britain led the way with designs in maple and walnut veneer with a glossy finish. Inside were glass shelves, mirrored backs, lighting and enough space for your spirits.”
Styling Tip
Use a cocktail glass to serve food in at a stylish dinner party. A cold soup is a great starter to serve in the smaller styles. A desert in the coupe champagne glasses is perfect instead of the usual sundae dish.

Vintage 1920s barware cocktailware for your retro party

photo courtesy of Simon Whitmore for FW Media

All text and photos of the 1920s barware are from Style Your Modern Vintage Home. For a signed copy visit our website here.

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