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Mid-Century Modern Barware

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

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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Mid Century Metal Chinese Style Lidded Vessel in Manner of James Mont
Located in Troy, MI
Circa late 1950s heavy cast metal lidded vessel / ice bucket with stainless steel liner features ancient chinese motifs and incised surface design. Often attributed to James Mont, th...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Metal, Stainless Steel

1960's Culver Ltd. Valentia 22kt Gold Foil Hi-Ball Bar Glasses 6
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Exceptional set of hi-ball bar glasses by Culver ltd. 22kt gold foil design dotted with emerald green diamonds. Better than average condition showing little or no use. Careful, Th...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Mid-Century Starburst Celestial Gold Hi-Ball Bar Glasses by Fred Press
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Spectacular set of hi-ball bar glasses by Fred Press. Big golden star on one side and celestial gold planets of the other. Set shows light use only.
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Gorham Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Mixed Drinks Bar Tray
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver bar tray. Made by Gorham in Providence. Square with curved corners, plain and tapering sides, and scalloped corners. Well has engraved drinks-mixin...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Sterling Silver

Mid-Century Culver Ltd. Prado Gold Leaf Bar Hi-Ball Glass Set
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Classic set of six bar glasses from Culver ltd. ~Prado~ series. Hi-ball size with gold foil and emerald green squares. These are all in very good condition showing just slight use....
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Mid-Century Culver Ltd. Prado Bar Glasses Set Martini
Located in Las Vegas, NV
1960's Martini set by Culver ltd. "Prado" series. This set looks never used. Perfect for display or use. Careful, thoughtful packing included with purchase.
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Murano Vintage Silver Flecks Purple Pulled Feather Italian Art Glass Decanter
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown silver flecks and purple swirl over white Italian art glass decanter. In the manner of designer Franco Moretti, circa 1970s. Created with a "Fenic...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Silver Leaf

Handcrafted and Polished Cast Bronze Rem Box
Located in Paris, FR
Rem Box forged from cast bronze by Fakasaka.
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2010s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Bronze

Rare Rosewood Bar and Stools
Located in New York, NY
Rosewood bar and stools. The back has sliding doors with shelves. Bar has wheels for easy moving around. Stools measure: 31.25 H x 14 D x 18 W.
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Rosewood

Fratelli Toso Murano Midcentury Pink Red Face Italian Art Glass Decanter
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Cute and rare, vintage Murano hand blown Italian art glass clown face decanter in pink, with red accents. Documented to the Fratelli Toso Company. The piece has applied ears, big eye...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso

Piero Fornasetti Black and White Love Porcelain Coasters or Small Plates Set /8
Located in North Miami, FL
This delightful and heart felt set of Classical Roman Piero Fornasetti porcelain love coasters are white porcelain with black sayings in heart form. This is a complete and wonderful ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Porcelain

Poul Knudsen Teak and Brass Nutcracker, Denmark, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Danish Mid-Century Modern Poul Knudsen teak and brass nutcracker. This classic elegant nutcracker is as beautiful as it is stylish. Teak and brass are in great condition. Crack some ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Brass

Baccarat Crystal Champagne Bucket / Wine Cooler, "Maxim"
Located in London, GB
A fabulous hefty piece of French crystal was used to create this smart Baccarat Champagne / Ice bucket in the "Maxim" pattern. The handles to each side are made or silver over bro...
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Crystal, Silver Plate, Bronze

Mid-Century Modern Italian Square Ice Bucket, 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Mid-Century modern Italian square ice bucket, 1970s Mid-Century Italian pear shaped ice bucket in chrome plated silver platter, 1970s A wonderful mid century chrome plated bras...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Chrome, Brass

Rope and Tassel Bottle Holder
Located in New York, NY
Rope and tassel (20th century) design gilt metal swirl bottle holder.   
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal

Vintage Black and Gold Cocktail Glasses by Culver Set of Two
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Set of 2 Vintage Culver double rocks old fashioned drinking glasses with gold and black stripes. Mid-century modern Culver Ltd. Black & 22-Karat Gold Striped Double Rocks Cocktail G...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Mid-Century Modern Mastercraft Bar Cart
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A beautiful vintage modern Mastercraft bar cart. This 2 tiered metal and oak bar cart features a removable tray for ease of serving. It's sure to impress for parties or family gather...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Metal

Set of Five Billiard / Pool Balls Roly Poly Cocktail Glasses by Cera
By Cera
Located in San Diego, CA
Great set of five billiard / pool balls roll poly cocktail glasses by Cera, circa 1970s. Each glass resembles a billiard ball with a number and colorful stripe. These glasses are ver...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Italian Balboa Deep Purple & White Encased Venetian Glass Pitcher with 8 Goblets
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a Mid-Century Modern Italian signed, "Balboa," encased Venetian glass pitcher with a set of eight stemmed goblets in a deep rich purple with white interior. This elegant s...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Blown Glass

Clear Crystal Assymetrical Decanter by Nambé
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Nambé clear crystal spirits decanter. Twentieth century assymetrical design. The design is unusual but very stable due to the thick counter weighted base. The stopper itself is a mar...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Crystal

Set of Four Stock Market / Dow Jones / Cocktail Glasses & Pitcher by Cera
By Cera
Located in San Diego, CA
Great set of four double old fashioned glasses (14oz) and a pitcher tracking the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) from 1958 to 1968 by Cera, circa late 1970s. Each piece captures ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Signed Cenedese Scavo Bottle or Flask with His and Her's Frosted Colored Glasses
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Cenedese flask / bottle with 'His and Hers' glasses in pink and blue coloured frosted glass. Perfect as a gift - just imagine a romantic evening in front of the fire sipping your fav...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Murano Glass

Mauro Manetti Silver Plate Pumpkin Ice Bucket Mid-Century Modern, Italy
Located in Miami, FL
Original Mauro Manetti silver plate pumpkin ice bucket with metal insulation, made in Italy. Keeps the ice cubes frozen for a long time as the lid sits tight on the bucket.
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1940s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Metal, Silver Plate

Vintage Barware Art Glass Cocktail Stirrers, Set 6
Located in New York, NY
A fun set of six (6) colorful and fun vintage art glass cocktail stirrers of fish, fruit and birds, circa mid-20th century. Great for entertaining; bar, bar cart, yacht, etc. Each me...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Art Glass, Blown Glass

Set of Six "Name Your Poison" Cocktail Glasses by Cera for Neiman Marcus
Located in San Diego, CA
Great set of six double old fashioned "Name Your Poison" cocktail glasses (14oz) by Cera for Neiman Marcus, circa 1980s. Each glass has a different position listed on it including: H...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Scandinavian Nutcracker in Teak and Brass by Poul Knudsen, 1950s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A clever design dating back to the 1950’s, this Poul Knudsen teak and brass nutcracker utilizes a piece of bent brass that acts like a spring mechanism making it possible to crack an...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Nambe Studio Polished Modernist Aluminum Salt Pepper Shakers
Located in Ferndale, MI
Pair of polished aluminum stylized hour glass form salt pepper shakers. Marked with Nambe Studio label.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Aluminum

Vintage Couroc Bird Design Barware Serving Tray
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large Mid-Century Modern Couroc of Monterey California bird design barware serving tray. A mid century beautiful Couroc barware tray featuring a bird made up of the classic Couroc i...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Resin

Art Moderne Aluminum Ice Bucket
Located in New York, NY
American Art Moderne (20th Century) aluminum ice bucket with lid and handle and bakelite base.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Metal, Aluminum

Carl Aubock Brass Coin Bottle Stopper, Austria, 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
Carl Aubock brass coin bottle stopper, Austria, 1950s Original condition.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Brass

Bottle Holder by Auböck Around 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
Bottle holder by Auböck around 1950s Original condition The wine bottle is not included, it is only for the photo shooting.
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Brass

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

Danish Modernist Stainless Steel Salt Pepper Shakers
Located in Ferndale, MI
Pair of bulbous based modernist salt and pepper shakers. Marked 18/8 stainless steel Denmark.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Stainless Steel

Colony Glassware Barware Mid Century Set of 6 with Ice Bucket
Located in New York, NY
1960s 1970s Mid century glassware barware made by Colony. Set includes 6 glasses with Ice Bucket. Mod flower design. Yellow green. Excellent condition. Measurements: Ice Bucket ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Glass

Modern Barware Walnut Wood Ice Bucket Set Stainless Steel Tongs 1960s Japan
By Dansk, Nevco
Located in National City, CA
Offering MCM barware 1960s: Mid-Century Modern walnut wood ice bucket barware set with Nevco stainless steel tongs 1960s Ice bucket has aluminum liner. Includes stainless steel ton...
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Stainless Steel

Three-Tier Chrome Bar Cart
Located in New York, NY
Chrome bar or serving cart with three glass shelves and individual bottle holders.
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Chrome

Set of Three Aldo Tura Carafes
Located in New York, NY
Set of three Aldo Tura Carafes. Italian, goat skin and brass carafes. All with labels underneath. Dimensions: Largest: H 12" x W 6".  
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Set of Four "Name Your Poison" Cocktail Glasses by Cera
By Cera
Located in San Diego, CA
Great set of four double old fashioned "Name Your Poison" cocktail glasses (14oz) by Cera, circa 1970s. Each glass has a different position listed on it including: Hemlock, Arsenic, ...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Vintage Set of 6 Georges Briard Highball Glasses in the Art Deco Pattern
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-Century Modern, set of 6 highball glasses designed by Georges Briard in the Art Deco pattern of classic motifs executed in black enamel and 22k gold with platinum details.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Vintage Set of 8 Georges Briard Highball Glasses in the Art Deco Pattern
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-Century Modern, set of 8 highball glasses designed by Georges Briard in the Art Deco pattern of Classic motifs executed in black enamel and 22k gold with platinum details.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Vintage Set of 8 Georges Briard Rocks Glasses in the Art Deco Pattern
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-Century Modern, set of 8 rocks glasses designed by Georges Briard in the Art Deco pattern of classic motifs executed in black enamel and 22k gold with platinum details.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Set of Four Stock Market / Wall Street / Dow Jones / Cocktail Glasses by Cera
By Cera
Located in San Diego, CA
Great set of four double old fashioned glasses (14oz) tracking the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) from 1966 to 1976 by Cera. Each glass is the same and captures 10 years of curr...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

St Galler Praga Czech Republic Vintage Bottle Opener Bucolic Farm Life Design
Located in National City, CA
Bottle opener Mid-Century Modern vintage Czech Republic Lovely Rural farm life design on face. Maker stamp present. Appears as St Galler Praga unclear. Measurwes: 5.5 x 2.5 w x .2...
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1970s Czech Vintage Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal

Vintage Set of Four Imperial Glass Co. Tabique de Oro Rocks Glasses
Located in Nantucket, MA
Set of 4 Mid-Century Modern rocks glasses made by Imperial Glass Co. in the Tabique de Oro Pattern. Each piece is molded with a raised pattern, the raised areas are then gilded in 22...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Vintage Set of Eight Imperial Glass Tabique de Oro Highball Glasses
Located in Nantucket, MA
Set of 8 Mid-Century Modern highball glasses made by Imperial Glass Co. in the Tabique de Oro Pattern. Each piece is molded with a raised pattern, the raised areas are then gilded in...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Vintage Imperial Glass Co., Shoji Pattern Ice Bowl and 6 Rocks Glasses
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-Century Modern ice bowl and 6 rocks glasses made by Imperial Glass Co. in the Shoji Pattern. Each piece is molded with a raised pattern inspired by Japanese Shoji screens, the ra...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Vintage Set of 8 Imperial Glass Company Rocks Glasses in the Shoji Pattern
Located in Nantucket, MA
Set of 8 Mid-Century Modern rocks glasses made by Imperial Glass Co. in the Shoji Pattern. Each piece is molded with a raised pattern inspired by Japanese Shoji screens, the raised a...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Vintage Set of 8 Imperial Glass Co. Highball Glasses in the Shoji Pattern
Located in Nantucket, MA
Set of 8 (2 sets available) mid-century modern highball glasses made by Imperial Glass Co. in the Shoji Pattern. Each piece is molded with a raised pattern inspired by Japanese Shoji...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Vintage Italian Barware Orange Art Glass Cocktail Stirrers Straw Spoon, Set
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful set of six (6) vintage Italian barware orange art glass cocktail stirrers straw and spoon and one 'ball', circa mid-20th century, Italy. Beautiful for entertaining; bar, ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Vintage Italian Barware Blue Art Glass Cocktail Stirrers Straw Spoon, Set of 5
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful set of five (5) vintage Italian barware sapphire blue art glass cocktail stirrers straw and spoon, circa mid-20th century, 1960s, Italy. Beautiful for entertaining; bar, ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Murano Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass

Vintage Georges Briard Brass Bowl with Tiled Interior in the Regalia Pattern
Located in Nantucket, MA
Mid-century ice bowl in the regalia pattern, designed by Georges Briard. The gold-tone brass exterior bowl lined with random colored ceramic tile around a central reverse painted gla...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Brass

Bulgari / Bvlgari Sterling Silver Propeller-Style Corkscrew in Modern Style
Located in New York, NY
Looking for a unique and elegant gift for a birthday, Father's Day, Mother's Day or a housewarming? This high-quality sterling silver corkscrew by Italian designer & retailer Bvlgari...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Silver, Sterling Silver

1950's English Gold Plated Bar Tool Set by Asprey
Located in Paris, FR
A vintage mid-century English bar tool set by Asprey International Limited crafted in the UK. The set includes a luxurious bottle opener and a champagne cork remover and comes in the...
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20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Gold Plate

Cenedese Signed Bottle or Flask in Frosted Black & Clear Colored Murano Glass
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Cenedese signed drinking flask / perfume bottle or decanter in black and clear coloured frosted glass, Murano, Venice circa 1990-2000. Perfect as a gift - just imagine a romantic eve...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

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Murano Glass

Signed Cenedese Frosted Glass Scavo His and Her's Pink & Blue Colored Glasses
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Cenedese extremely rare 'His and Hers' drinking glasses in pink and blue coloured frosted glass. Perfect as a gift - just imagine a romantic evening in front of the fire sipping your...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Murano Glass

Vintage Cera Glass, Dow-Jones 1958-1968, Cocktail Pitcher and 6 Cocktail Glasses
Located in Nantucket, MA
8 Mid-century cocktail pitcher and 6 cocktail glasses by Cera Glass in the "Ten Year Dow-Jones Industrial Average" for 1958-1968 Depicting a graph of the changes in the stock market...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Vintage Cera Glass, Dow-Jones Industrial Average 1958-1968 Ice Bowl
Located in Nantucket, MA
8 Mid-century ice bowl by Cera Glass in the "Ten Year Dow-Jones Industrial Average" for 1958-1968 Depicting a graph of the changes in the stock market and corresponding world events.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass

Vintage Cera Glass, 8 Dow-Jones Industrial Average 1958-68 Double Rocks Glasses
Located in Nantucket, MA
8 Mid-century double rocks glasses by Cera Glass in the "Ten Year Dow-Jones Industrial Average" for 1958-1968 Depicting a graph of the changes in the stock market and corresponding ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Glass