Patent Details

Over the years, a variety of patents related to bartending and cocktails
have been filed, here are just a few of the more interesting ones.
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Julep Strainer
Patent #404,204
by Charles P. Lindley
Patented May 28, 1889
While listed as a "Julep-Strainer", this patent brings into the design the encircling spring which would become the key differential feature of what would later be called a "Hawthorne" strainer. This then is perhaps the missing link between these two styles of strainers and illustrates the evolution of design which was happening in the late 1800's.
Strainer for Mixed Drinks
Patent #484,276
by William Wright
Patented October 11, 1892
This patent appears to be the first one for what would become known as a "Hawthorne" strainer. It gets this name because the star shaped perforations shown in this patent diagram were replaced with the word "HAWTHORNE" in production models.
Design For A Jigger
Design Patent #22,768
by Cornelius P. Dungan
Patented September 5, 1893
This patent appears to provide the first design for "Double Sided Jigger" which continues to be popular to this day.
Convertable Liquid Container
Patent #1,585,524
by William L. Bass
Patented May 18, 1926
We are still in the midst of Prohibition, but there were people still making cocktails and other mixed drinks at home. This particular cocktail shaker, because that was indeed what it was, had been designed to be disquised as a "Loving Cup Torphey". It could be freely displayed on the fireplace mantle without anyone being the wiser, and could then quickly be converted into a cocktail shaker when the need called for it.
Design For A Cup
Design Patent #77,725
by Will Low Bacher
Patented February 19, 1929
The infamous "Bottoms Up" glass, designed not only such that it wasn't possible to set it down before it was empty, but also that when it was set down it would indeed be "bottoms" up!

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Patent #1,966,611
by Ray C. Cobel
Patented July 17, 1934
This patent was applied for while Prohibition was still going on, with it already under production and being sold before Prohibition was repealed. A unique aspect of this shaker was that it was made all in glass, including the inovative strainer.

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Cocktail Shaker
Patent #1,969,386
by Howard F. Reichenbach
Patented August 7, 1934
With the repeal of Prohibition, a large number of cocktail shakers suddenly sprang onto the market. This is the "Gaiety" cocktail shaker which would be produced by the "Chase Brass & Copper Company". It would prove to be one of the more popular styles of the day, and can often be seen in old movies and photographs.

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Eating Implement
Patent #1,991,871
by Jay J. Sindler
Patented February 19, 1935
This is the very first cocktail pick, now a mainstay of almost any cocktail lounge. Even in this relatively simple and humble form, the notion of branding such cocktail picks for advertising the establishment was prominently included in the design.
Design for a Cocktail Shaker
Design Patent #98,855
by Solomon Forman
Patented March 10, 1936
Sol Forman, the designer of this classic Art Decco cocktail shaker, would later take ownership of the famous Peter Luger steakhouse in New York. His metal manufacturing business would eventually close up shop, but Peter Luger's continues to this day.

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Design For A Cocktail Shaker or Similar Article
Design Patent #95,925
by Howard F. Reichenbach
Patented June 11, 1935
Known as the "Blue Moon" cocktail shaker, it was originally sold as a set, which included a tray and several cups.

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Design For A Cocktail Shaker
Design Patent #98,763
by Lurelle Guild
Patented March 3, 1936
This equisite, and yet relatively simple cocktail shaker was one of the many designs produced by Lurelle Guild, and would have been sold through the popular "Chase Catalog" of giftware.

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Trader Vic Designer Swizzle Sticks
Design Patents #184,333, #184,334, and #184,335
by Victor "Trader Vic" Bergeron
February 3, 1959
Designed and patented by Trader Vic, these swizzle sticks and cocktail picks illustrate the overall Polynesian theme which was still going on strong.

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