Is your dad a worldly gentleman who likes his martinis shaken, not stirred? The cocktail has made a comeback and what could be more stylish for mixing the perfect drink than this polished chrome "Manhattan" cocktail shaker, sold with matching tray? It's a useful gift that will probably be a good investment. The set was designed by Norman Bel Geddes (1893 – 1958) and made by Revere of Rome, N.Y. The 13 inch shaker and 14 by 12 inch tray sold for $1625 at a Treadway auction in Cincinnati.
Norman Bel Geddes was a theater and industrial designer who helped popularize the streamlined look of the 1930s and '40s. His most famous project was the General Motors pavilion and its Futurama exhibit at the 1939 – '40 World's Fair in New York. He also designed a red, white and blue "Patriot" radio for Emerson, and a notable curvy Soda King seltzer bottle. Some of his visionary designs were never realized, including a stadium for the Brooklyn Dodgers with a suspended roof that could slide open and closed, a design that foreshadowed the Houston Astrodome, built 20 years later. His work is selling at steadily rising prices as his designs are discovered by a new generation.