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Kalo Cocktail Items

 

The 1920s was a great time for the Kalo Shop.† It was the heyday of 20th century conspicuous consumption.† The economy was booming.† Wealthy customers wanted to treat themselves to the finest accoutrements and lavish displays of success -- and that meant silver.†† Entertaining was an important social necessity.† When guests arrived you could pour them a drink from a bottle into highball glasses.† But it was so much more impressive to roll out the sterling drink set.

 

The cocktail set below is built around a fine Kalo 25" tray.† It is somewhat surprising that a set this lovely would have engraved rather than applied monograms, but taste is subjective, and they do make everything look a bit more streamlined.

 

The large mixer below is a massive, heavy object that probably poured quite a few mint juleps (it was owned by the celebrated racing stable Calumet farms -- a lot of hip flasks were probably used there as well).† The smaller mixer is notable for the unusual and striking repoussť work on its side.

 

Kalo cocktail set, ten-piece (10), including large rectangular tray with broad raised flange, eight cocktail glasses and large cocktail shaker, all with engraved S monogram

Cocktail set, ten-piece (10), including large rectangular tray with broad raised flange, eight cocktail glasses and large cocktail shaker, all with engraved S monogram.† Hammered surfaces.

 

Tray: 25" L and 9-3/4" W

Shaker: 11" H

Glasses:† 6" H

 

Tray marked: STERLING / HANDWROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / X42.† Shaker marked: STERLING / HANDWROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / 59L 3 PINTS.† Glasses marked:† STERLING / KALO / 1X

 

Kalo cocktail mixer, very unusual, with elaborate repoussť design on side.

Cocktail mixer, very unusual, with elaborate repoussť design on side.† Applied C mono on shoulder.† Across the center is a lovely detailed chased and repoussť tableau of sand dunes and three camels centering two palm trees, with two pyramids visible on horizon.† On bottom is engraved in script:† "Designed and handwrought / for / John W. Campbell / 1922."† Hammered and heavy.† 8-1/2" H and 6-1/2" W.† Marked:† STERLING / HAND WROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / 2 PINTS / CC

 

Kalo cocktail mixer, massive

Cocktail mixer, massive.† Tall, form tapering gently down to wide foot.† Made for William M. Wright Sr., founder of the Calumet Baking Powder Co. and Calumet Farm (which produced nine Kentucky Derby winners and three Triple Crown winners).† 12-7/8" H and 8" W.† Marked:† STERLING / HAND WROUGHT / AT / THE KALO SHOP / C2 / 4 PINTS

 

Kalo flask, large hip, tall slender form with curved

Flask, large hip, tall slender form with curved body.† Hinged cover with cork and bayonet-type cap.† 9-3/4" H and 4-1/4" W.† Marked:† KALO / STERLING / X11 (Marked on inside of hinge)

 

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