N. G. Wood Cocktail Shaker

Here is a cocktail shaker marked “N. G. Wood & Sons, Makers, Boston, Mass” the item number “361” is also marked on the bottom. It measures approximately 9 inches tall to the top of the spout and 4 and 1/2 inches in diameter at the base. I am not certain if it is nickel silver or silverplated … the finish is worn.

704973995 N. G. Wood & Sons Cocktail Shaker

Nathaniel G. Wood began in business in 1840s and his three sons joined him at various times later. The name “N. G. Wood & Sons” was trade marked on December 29, 1891.

This strainer seems very similar to the strainer patented by W. C. Haslage in 1884, which he called an “implement for cooling and straining mixed beverages”. I’ve included an image of that patent as my last photo in my Etsy listing. You will see a hinged top on the vessel in the illustration as well as a hinged spout just the same as this strainer. However, William Haslage, in his patent description, refers to a ” rotating perforated plate ” in his full patent description and I do not find such a rotating plate in this strainer.

The following paragraph was taken from Haslage’s patent description.

This invention relates to improvements in that class of apparatus for cooling and straining mixed beverages wherein a vessel or goblet is provided with a hinged perforated cover and a rotating perforated plate to close and open the perforations in the cover, whereby the vessel or goblet can be shaken to cool and mix the contents, and the latter’ then poured and strained through the perforated cover. In such apparatus as heretofore construct-ed it has been found difficult, if not impossible, to avoid leakage of the fluid contents of the goblet while shaking the same; and the objects of my invention are to effectually avoid that objection and to provide a simple and efficient implement which can be tightly closed when it is desired to cool and mix the materials, and the latter strained when poured into a glass or like receptacle.

Stephen Visakay, on page 18 of his book ‘Vintage Bar Ware’ shows two H. G. Woods and Sons shakers similar to this. He describes this shape (narrower at the top, wider at the bottom) as “tankard-style”. The other style is similar to the one in Haslage’s patent with slightly sloped sides and wider at the top.

This shaker is available for sale here at my Etsy shop:


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