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    Manning, Bowman & Co. (American)
    Extremely Rare Eight-Piece K1570 Cocktail Set, circa 1928
    Chrome, Jade catalin
    13-1/4 x 7-1/2 x 11 inches (33.7 x 19.1 x 27.9 cm)
    Impressed MB MEANS BEST, TRADE MARK, MANNING-BOWMAN & Co., MERIDEN, CONN., MADE IN THE U.S.A.

    Founded in 1849 in Cromwell, Connecticut, manufacturer Manning, Bowman & Co. had developed a reputation for top of the line silver- and later chrome-plated appliances and hollowware by the 1920s. Their trademark "Means Best," often impressed to the underside of their products, boasted the quality of their "Aranium" plating, advertised as a "superior Chromium plate of persistent brilliance that does not tarnish, stain or corrode." In addition to chrome, the company also embraced catalin, a type of polymer that the company offered in Jade, Agate, & Onyx, each "streaked with faint traces of white to lend a note of individuality and distinctiveness."

    In 1928, Manning, Bowman & Co. retailed cocktail sets for the price of $95.00. Few Americans could afford such a luxury in 1928, and even fewer so after the market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression that followed. These economic dynamics may explain the rarity of the present K1570 cocktail set, featuring a 78-ounce cocktail shaker and six cups, all with "rocket ship" bases, atop a jade catalin tray. The only other known complete example resides in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

    PROVENANCE:
    Collection of Stephen Visakay;
    Phillips, New York, Pioneers of American Modernism, June 11, 2001, lot 31.

    EXHIBITION HISTORY:
    Seagram Museum, Ottowa, "Shaken, Not Stirred: Cocktail Shakers and Design," December 11, 1992-October 31, 1993; and subsequent venues.

    LITERATURE:
    Stephen Visakay, Vintage Bar Ware: Identification & Value Guide, Collector Books, May 1997, p. 59.

    Property from the Collection of Phillip and Gretchen Arth, Moraga, California




    Condition Report*: A great example of this rare cocktail set in overall good appearance with minimal use, some faint scattered scratches throughout and minor losses to a few localized areas of chrome plating including interior well of one cup; shaker cover detached from cork inside the neck with screw inside the body (repair required), two hairlines to edge of catalin knob on cover and slight push to edge of cover, one cup with push to rim, tray with minor loss to one foot; all wear as is expected with age.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    July, 2021
    15th Thursday
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