Cool Things You May Not Have Heard Of: Crawley’s Imperial Shaker

The most rare and expensive cocktail shaking machines in the world have re-surfaced in old style contraptions that speak volumes to cocktailing’s storied past.

Up until last year, a dusty 200-year-old line drawing found in an old London facsimile was all that remained of what were once called Imperial Shaker Machines.

That has recently changed with the vision from the multi- award-winning entrepreneur Jason Crawley.

A faithful reproduction of the original machine, “Crawley’s Imperial Shaker” is a stunning hand crank design representing the finest in elegant Victorian antiquity and craftsmanship, and is a high-end, luxury item for those who choose the fine and rare things in life.

With its antique look and 21st-century manufacturing, the Imperial Shaker represents a radical new industry aesthetic and an innovative new genre-breaking movement in design. The first 12 available Imperial Shakers were quickly sold around the world to serious collectors and devoted cocktail enthusiasts – with Australia’s only remaining version on show at Oxford Street’s This Must Be The Place.

The Imperial Shaker itself is a captivating floor-mounted design standing at six feet tall in powder-coated cast iron, with solid brass fittings and adorned with four bespoke silver-plated ‘on copper’ cocktail shakers. The brand identity of a crowned pineapple is subtly cast into each shaker; the pineapple used to be a cultural signifier of affluence and hospitality, and to this day, the image of a pineapple still hangs over many a tavern, particularly in Boston.