Vintage Musical Liquor Dispenser/Pourer by Silverite Co.
The vintage dispenser features the original cork stopper in the spout device and attaches to a standard liquor bottle. As the bottle, with the dispenser attached, is tilted to 90 degrees to pour, it plays music. From the 1930s to 40s.
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The Silverite Co. in Brooklyn, NY made these whimsical liquor dispensers fitted with a music box mechanism that was made in Switzerland by Thorens. This dispenser features the original cork stopper in the spout device and attaches to a standard liquor bottle. As the bottle, with the dispenser attached, is tilted to 90 degrees to pour, it plays music.
These may have been popular as early as the mid-1930s with the repeal of Prohibition. This particular model was made sometime before or after the Second World War. Don’t think this will guard the liquor from the kids but it is a great vintage statement piece for your home bar. It’s a piece of history and conversation starter.
The art deco styled round case holding the musical mechanism measures 2-1/2 inches in diameter. In total the dispenser is approximately 4 inches by 4 inches. The windup mechanism is in perfect working condition. Wind it up, tilt the dispenser, and enjoy the music.
I had fun researching this particular artifact. I learned that Thorens in St. Croix (no, not related to the fizzy water people), Switzerland began in 1883 and perfected the cylindrical gramophone. Fast-forward to America between the world wars, and Thorens cylinder mechanisms of all sizes were the main supplier for music boxes and music-playing contraptions made in the U.S. Here’s an image of the inside of the drink dispenser showing the Thorens mechanism. Also, I found this image of the inside of an original box.