Manning & Bowman Chrome and Walnut Martini Set c. 1960

I love this very cool  Walnut and Chrome martini set. It says 1960’s but could easily fit into any decor because of its classic design. There is nothing better than having a proper martini made with a glamorous set.

The company was founded in 1849, in Cromwell, Connecticut, as Thomas Manning and Son. Thomas’s son Thaddeus, took on a partner, Robert Bowman in 1864, at which point, the company was renamed Manning Bowman. In 1872 they moved to West Meriden,
majoring in plated and non-plated metalware (specialising in coffee & tea pots, cutlery etc.) and electrical household goods.  In 1952 they were purchased by the McGraw Electric Company, but the Manning Bowman name continued to be used into the mid 1950’s.

The holy grail of bars belonged to famous English designer David Hicks who declared, “I like rows and rows of tonic bottles, apple, tomato juice, two or three syphons of spirits lined up behind each other; it gives a generous, welcoming atmosphere, and if a bus-load of friends descend upon you, you are ready for them.”

This a a gorgeous martini set that would be a wonderful vintage addition to your bar and make David Hicks very proud.. It comes complete with a tray, four goblets, a wine bucket and a pitcher all with handsome walnut detail. I’m a major fan of vintage barware and believe every home should have a few unique pieces. This stylish set would look fantastic on a small table on display, on your favorite shelf or a chic gift.


Country: United States
Creation Date: Circa 1960’s
Materials: Walnut and Chrome
Condition: Very Good with typical vintage wear to chrome
Height: 12 inches (pitcher)
Creator: Manning and Bowman
Length: 20 inches
Depth: 6 inches