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Mid-Century Modern Barware

Organically-shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Midcentury Wine Racks by Dean Santner
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration are these beautifully sculpted wine racks by Master Craftsman Dean Santner. Santner designs are part of the American Modern Craft movement along side Wendell C...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Wood

Midcentury Wine Rack by Dean Santner
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this beautifully sculpted wine rack by Master Craftsman Dean Santner. Santner designs are part of the American Modern Craft movement along side Wendell Cast...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Wood

Poul Knudsen Teak and Brass Nutcracker
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very clever design dating back to the 1950s, this Poul Knudsen teak and brass nutcracker utilizes a piece of bent brass that acts as a spring mechanism making it possible to crack ...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Brass

Drinking, Cocktail, and Shot Glasses by Blenko, 1950s, Blown Clear & Green Glass
Located in Kansas City, MO
Set of seventeen Blenko hand blown glasses. Nine drinking glasses, four hi-ball glasses and four shot glasses. All with applied spiraling green glass which is both decorative and fun...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Art Glass

Unique Lotus Arts De Vivre Sterling Dragon Basket Wine Server
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Exquisite and much sought after Dragon basket wine server from Lotus Arts de Vivre, the premier International purveyors of superlative objects, home decor and jewellery. Mounted on a...
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20th Century Asian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Sterling Silver

Two Tier Bar Cart by Dominique
Located in San Francisco, CA
Two tier bar cart by Dominique A rare and unique wrought-iron bar cart with brass details, a glass upper section and mahogany shelf. By Dominique (Andre Domin 1883-1962 & Marcel Ge...
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver German Ice Cube Koch und Bergfeld
Located in Kitzbuhel, AT
German Mid-Century Modern ice cube in sterling silver with a handle in ebony. Slightly basket shaped which ends in a fixed handle in ebony. A Classic Mid-Century Modern design bar wa...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Sterling Silver

Six Vintage Fred Press Old Fashioned Glasses with Tan Enamel and 22 Karat Gold
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-Century Modern, old fashioned glasses signed Fred Press. The clear glass is decorated with tan enamel and 22k gold depicting randomly scattered cocktail onions.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Vintage Scandinavian Champagne Bucket in Faux Leather, Rattan & Brass, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A stylized 1960s wine or champagne cooler. It is executed in brass-alloy aluminium, faux black leather and has a steel handle with rattan work. The sides features a thermos inlay so ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Faux Leather, Rattan

South American Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Cocktail Shaker
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver cocktail shaker. Straight and tapering body and skirted foot. Stepped shoulder and snug-fitting cover with cork plug. Stippled high-looping handle ...
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Mid-20th Century Peruvian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Sterling Silver

Vintage Set of 6 George Briard Highball Glasses
Located in Wichita, KS
Vintage set of 6 highball glasses designed by Georges Briard. Mid-Century Modern highball glasses barware are amazing in black with gold trim and white jaguars, tigers and more. Very...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Gold Leaf

Vintage Cut Glass Ice Bucket of Pail-Form with Silver-Plate Rim and Handle
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid 20th century heavy cut glass ice bucket of with silver plate rim and handle. The exterior is cut with three rows of closely spaced vertical lines creating an optical effect above...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Cut Glass

Set of 4 Vintage Rocks Glasses Designed by Fred Press with Translucent Teal Dots
Located in Nantucket, MA
Rare Fred Press signed rocks glasses with blue/green translucent enamel dots within a ring of raised textured clear enamel.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Vintage 1960s Thick Clear Glass Ice Bucket with a Silver Plate Handle
Located in London, GB
A vintage 1960s small hexagonal ice bucket with a silver plate handle. In very good vintage condition. Dimensions: Diameter: 15cm height: 12cm height to the top of the handle: 20cm.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Silver Plate

1978 Scottish Piper Decanter Bottle, Whisky Bottle, Made in Italy
Located in Antwerp, BE
Collectable 1978 Exclusivite K.L.E.M. Whisky Container, Made in Italy. A Bottle in the shape of a Scottish Piper - vintage collectable figural whisky bottle which is empty . The t...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Ceramic

Carl Auböck Model #4363 Walnut Board
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck model #4363 walnut board. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural serving or cutting board is executed in beautifully grained walnut and leather. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Cane, Leather, Walnut

Carl Auböck Model #4224 'Hand' Brass Bottle Opener
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck Model #4224 'Hand' brass bottle opener. Designed in the 1950s, this incredibly refined and sculptural bottle opener is executed in polished brass. Price is per item. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Brass

1960s Aldo Tura Mid-Century Modern Goatskin and Brass Thermos Carafe
Located in Aci Castello, IT
An Aldo Tura pitcher, brown goatskin is in good conditions, solid brass it's in original patina. It's marked Macabo on the bottom.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Brass

Vintage Georges Briard, Black and White Squares, 8 Highball
Located in Nantucket, MA
Eight signed Georges Briard highball glasses. In black and white Op-Art pattern having alternating black, white and clear squares. This pattern was from his January 1969 catalogue.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Vintage Set of 12 George Briard Highball Glasses
Located in Wichita, KS
Vintage set of four highball glasses designed by Georges Briard. Mid-Century Modern highball glasses barware This Mid-Century Modern set of 12 Georges Briard cocktail glasses barware...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Gold Leaf

Reed & Barton Modern Sterling Silver Mini Martini Solo Shaker
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver mini martini shaker. Made by Reed & Barton in Taunton, Mass. Straight and tapering sides, curved shoulder, and short neck. Snugly fitting bun cover...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Sterling Silver

Mid 20th Century Cobalt Cut to Clear Cocktail Shaker with Chrome Top
Located in Nantucket, MA
Vintage cobalt cut to clear cocktail shaker with a chrome lid. The body of the shaker has cobalt glass cased over clear with the cobalt being cut away revealing clear concave circles...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Vintage Silver-Plate Galleried Serving Tray by Crescent with Surface by Formica
Located in Nantucket, MA
Vintage serving or drinks tray with silver plate frame having a post and rail gallery with "D" shaped handles and raised on square feet. Made by Crescent Silver with a Formica wood-g...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Silver Plate

Vintage Brussels Manneken Pis Souvenir Corkscrew, 1960s
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Classic early 1960s corkscrew in the form of the well known Fountain Statue "Brussels Manneken Pis". Nice addition to your collection of corkscrews or just for your bar.
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1960s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Old Fashioned Glasses by Georges Briard in the Forbidden Fruit Pattern
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-Century Modern old fashioned glasses by Georges Briard in the Forbidden Fruit pattern. Each of clear glass decorated in translucent blue and green enamel and 22 karat gold. Each ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Collection of Colorful Murano Glass Pieces
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of 14 colorful Murano glass pieces (vases and ashtrays) (Prices vary according to piece) Priced individually.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Murano Glass

Large Blenko Style Blown Glass Chartreuse Green Decanter with Large Ball Stopper
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a Mid-Century Modern large chartreuse / apple green Blenko style blown glass decanter with large ball stopper. This special piece with its wonderful curves would look fabu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Blown Glass

Keystoneware Chrome Ice Bucket Silver Rope Twist Handles USA, 1960s, Vintage
Located in National City, CA
Keystoneware ice bucket champagne wine drink cooler fabulous vintage rope detail. Midcentury design, USA Material appears chrome plated with glass lined insulation. In vintage unr...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Chrome

Set of Five Vintage Round Barware Whiskey Glasses with Silver Overlay, c. 1960s
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Iconic Mid-Century Modern barware glasses with silver overlay design. Great looking large rock glasses often referred to as roly-poly glasses because of their round forms. The glasse...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Silver Leaf

Mid-Century Modern Ice Bucket with Textured Ice Glass, Japan, circa 1960s
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mid-Century Modern glass ice bucket with textured ice cube design. Vintage Japanese personal size ice bucket comprised of thick chunky glass with polished edges and translucent base....
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Stainless Steel

Vintage Italian Crystal Ice Bucket with Nickel Handle, 1970s
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Italian Mid-Century Modern faceted glass ice bucket with blown glass handles and fitted with stylized horse bit handle in polished nickel. Signed ITALY on the underside, see last image.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Crystal, Nickel

1970's Art Deco Style Wine Cooler and Ice Bucket with Brass Accents, Italy
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Vintage Italian Art Deco style stainless steel wine cooler with Machine Age inspired design. Can be used to chill bottles of wine, champagne, or as a large ice bucket. The cooler has...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Brass, Stainless Steel, Nickel

Vintage Georges Briard Forbidden Fruit Highball Glasses with White Interiors
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-Century Modern highball glasses in the Forbidden Fruit pattern by Georges Briard. Clear glass with white frosted interiors having exterior decoration of an apple in black enamel ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Vintage Georges Briard Forbidden Fruit Double Old Fashioned Glasses
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-Century Modern, set of six double old fashioned glasses designed by Georges Briard in the forbidden fruit pattern with white frosted interiors on clear glass. The exterior of the...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

1970s Silver Plate Cocktail Shaker by Bellini, Brazil
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant Mid-Century silver plate cylindrical cocktail or Martini shaker by silversmith Bellini, Brazil. Three-sectioned bullet-shaped designed cocktail shaker with removable cover ca...
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1970s Brazilian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Metal, Silver Plate

Mid-Century Modern Bamboo Tiki Bar
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The unique tiki bar is made of bamboo with a faux leather top and a shelf on the inside for storage. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ).
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Bamboo

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain and Gilded Appetizer Bowls Midcentury Barware Set/ 6
Located in North Miami, FL
These fabulous small Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti appetizer small serving bowls are porcelain with gilded gold edges, bottom and insides. They are the complete set of 6 and ar...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Gold

Vintage Swedish Glassware 1960s Set 5
Located in Nibe, Nordjylland
Vintage Swedish glassware 1960s Set 5 Mid-century modern barware. A stylish and colorful addition to the bar cart or bar cabinet. This set consists of: 1 Pitcher in green glass, h...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Midcentury Greek Themed 22-Karat Gold Highball Glasses
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Get Greek with this beautiful set of 8 highball glasses and convenient carrier. The glasses are printed 22-karat gold, each square with a different Greek image. Sure to add some sult...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Gold

Southern Comfort 22-Karat Gold Commemorative Glassware, 1968
Located in Saint Louis, MO
These 22-karat gold commemorative rocks/old fashioned and double rocks glasses feature aqua riverboats for Southern Comfort's 1968 centennial. Made by Libbey, the rectangular backgro...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Midcentury Tudor Style 22-Karat Gold Cocktail Mixer and Set of 6 Glasses
Located in Saint Louis, MO
22-karat gold printed cocktail mixer and matching set of 6 cocktail glasses in a rare Tudor like style, circa 1970. The set is in great condition with little to no wear. Beautiful ad...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Gold

Mid-Century Modern 22 Karat Gold Cocktail Mixer and Six 4 oz Glasses Set
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Beautiful cocktail mixer set includes cocktail mixer and six 4 oz glasses. The set is in excellent condition and features a Classic 22-karat gold midcentury pattern. Shiny, festive, ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Gold

“Name Your Poison” Apothecary Chemist Double Rocks Glasses Set, circa 1980
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Delightful vintage set of Cera's "Name Your Poison" Double Rocks Glasses bearing a chemist style label - all with original glass stirrers - exclusively produced for Neiman Marcus cir...
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Mid-Century Modern 22-Karat Gold Moroccan Decanter and Wine Glasses Set c. 1965
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Beautiful midcentury Moroccan themed set includes wine decanter and matching wine glasses with original caddy / tray. Decanter and wine glasses show no wear and are in great conditio...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Gold Plate

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mahogany Drop Leaf Bar Cart Model 4487, circa 1950
Located in Saint Louis, MO
This beautiful Dunbar Model 4487 bar cart was designed by Edward Wormley in the early 1950s and features the iconic and whimsical silhouette form made from bent mahogany wood. Dunbar...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern 22-Karat Gold Moroccan Decanter and Wine Glasses Set
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Beautiful midcentury Moroccan themed set includes wine decanter and matching wine glasses with original bamboo themed tray, circa 1965. Decanter and wine glasses show no wear and are...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Gold Plate

Small Abrizzi Lucite Ice Bucket with Beveled Swivel Top, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-Century Modern lucite ice bucket. The polished lucite ice bucket will glow in the light of day as well as candlelit evenings. With beveled edges on the swivel top, this low profi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Lucite

Mid-Century Modern Brass Wine Rack
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Mid-Century Modern brass foldable wine rack with decorative chain along top. The rack holds 10 bottles of wine. The wine rack has an aged brass patina. Fully collapsible, this sturdy...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Brass

Pineapple Ice Bucket with Gold Wash Over Silver Plate and Copper Enameled Steel
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a Hollywood Glam / Mid-Century Modern Italian Mauro Manetti style pineapple theme Ice bucket. The outer body of the ice bucket is of a gold wash over silver plated metal w...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Metal, Silver Plate, Silver Plate

Sea Horse Vintage Bottle Opener Mid-Century Modern Metal Breweriana Barware
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Classic early 1960s bottle opener. Nice addition to your room or just for use at your bar or bar cart. Found at an estate sale in Vienna, Austria.
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Bronze

Vintage Bronze Girl Bottle Opener Mid-Century Modern Metal Breweriana Barware
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Classic early 1950s bottle opener. Nice addition to your room or just for use at your bar or bar cart. Found at an estate sale in Vienna, Austria.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Bronze

Ship Steering Wheel Bottle Opener Mid-Century Modern Metal Breweriana Barware
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Classic early 1960s bottle opener. Nice addition to your room or just for use at your bar or bar cart. Found at an estate sale in Vienna, Austria.
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Bronze

Scorpio Vintage Bottle Opener Mid-Century Modern Metal Breweriana Barware
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Classic early 1960s bottle opener. Nice addition to your room or just for use at your bar or bar cart. Found at an estate sale in Vienna, Austria.
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Brass

Anchor Vintage Bottle Opener Mid-Century Modern Metal Breweriana Barware
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Classic early 1960s bottle opener. Nice addition to your room or just for use at your bar or bar cart. Found at an estate sale in Vienna, Austria.
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Brass

Vintage Bronze Girl Bottle Opener Mid-Century Modern Metal Breweriana Barware
Located in Nürnberg, DE
Classic early 1950s bottle opener. Nice addition to your room or just for use at your bar or bar cart. Found at an estate sale in Vienna, Austria.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Bronze

Mid-Century Modern Amber Glass Drinking Glasses in Whitehall Pattern, Set of 8
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A set of 8 14 oz amber cooler glasses by Indiana Glass Company. A classic set in the "Whitehall" pattern in a warm bright amber orange color. Each glass is created from glass and fea...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

6 Culver Textured Gilt Gold Pattern Over Clear Glass Tall Cocktail Glasses
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a set of six Mid-Century Modern signed culver modern textured gilt gold pattern with an overall "Moorish" design over clear glass tall "Tom Collins" cocktail glasses / bar...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Gold Plate

Italian Brass Modernist Tray Serving Tray Barware Mid-Century Modern
Located in North Miami, FL
This fabulous substantial Italian solid brass modernist rectangular vintage tray has all been professionally polished. It is Mid-Century Modern and the applications for this serving ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Brass