Savoy Cocktail Shaker
Silver-plated cocktail shaker has a double lid. The upper portion comes off to expose the built-in strainer. Savoy is engraved on one side of the otherwise unadorned shaker. 3.25Dia. x 8T, tapers to 2.375Dia. at the bottom. From England.Historical BackgroundThe five-star Savoy Hotel opened in 1889 on The Strand in London. Named for the medieval Savoy Palace, which once occupied the same location, the Art Deco hotel founded by Richard D'Oyly Carte was first managed by Cesar Ritz (who later founded the Ritz Hotel), and is famous for being attributed as the location French chef August Escoffier invented Peach Melba and Melba toast. Also notable for tea at the Savoy. This fine silver-plated piece was once used in a restaurant in the hotel. In Great Britain, cocktails became particularly fashionable when the Savoy Hotel opened its American Cocktail Bar in 1929. This was under the management of Harry Craddock, a legendary New York bartender who had found it difficult to get legitimate work. One year later, Craddock's The Savoy Cocktail Book was published. It has since become the bible of the British cocktail trade. All the major West End retailers in luxury goods sold distinctive cocktail shakers.