Friday, 22 May 2015

Picnics And Cocktails At Alfies

With spring in the air and summer on its way; it's time to dust off the picnic baskets and bring out the cocktail sets.

Late 19th century, houses on landscape. Oil on canvas. Offered by Robert McKoy Fine Arts

The first record of an alcoholic cocktail dates back to 1806, appearing in the May 13th edition of 'The Balance And Columbian Repository', published in Hudson, New York. The question had been asked: "What is a cocktail?" to which the editor Harry Croswell replied:

"Cock-tail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters. It is vulgarly called bittered sling, and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, in as much as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that if fuddles the head. It is said, also to be of great use to a democratic candidate: because a person, having swallowed a glass of it, is ready to swallow anything else."

At Alfies we offer a wide selection of vintage collectables to make for a very special picnic and cocktail hour. Why not make this bank holiday weekend a cocktail weekend?

1930s Dunhill travelling cocktail set. Offered by Goldsmith & Perris

Victorian to Art Deco champagne coupe cocktail glasses. Offered by Robinson Antiques

Landers Frary & Clara silver plated 1920s cocktail shaker, made in the USA. Offered by W & L Antiques
Adolph Scott silver cocktail sticks, Birmingham 1927. Offered by Goldsmith & Perris

Selection of Art Deco cocktail accessories and silverware. Offered by Robinson Antiques

Art deco Piper Heidsieck silver plated Champagne bucket dated 1969. Offered by Travers Antiques

Duck ice bucket by Mauro Manetti 1970s. Offered by Louise Verber Antiques

 Complete 1950s picnic set. Offered by Eclectic Antiques & Contemporary

A selection of vintage cocktail stirrers. Offered by Renato


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