Michael Seips 1885 Patent Cocktail Shaker. In the second half of the 19th century there were industrious individuals trying to come up with a better way of mixing, shaking and straining cocktails. I applaud them for their creativity and contribution to society! A while ago I wrote about a combined liquor mixer and strainer manufactured by Thomas Miller of Jersey City, New Jersey.
Miller obtained his patent on September 26, 1882 for a mixing tin that had a movable strainer attached to it. Two years later, in 1884, E. Hauck obtained a patent for the first three piece cocktail shaker. And one year after that, Michael Seips patented his idea for a two piece, sliding top, cocktail shaker. Seips contention was that the top or cap on the three piece shaker was apt to get misplaced or bent out of shape.
His invention eliminated the separate cap and built in a sliding mechanism on the top piece of the shaker that could be moved up to expose the straining holes for pouring. The item "Vintage Art Deco Silver Plated Cocktail Shaker by Michael Seips 2 Pieces 1885c" is in sale since Saturday, March 20, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Barware\Shakers". The seller is "thomamille-472" and is located in Queensbury, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.