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Best of 2004: Bar Accessories

Shake--or stir--your next martini with bar tools from Cherub Antiques Gallery.

Hundreds of art-deco cocktail shakers and other bar accouterments fill the windows and shelves of Cherub Antiques Gallery (2918 M St., NW; 202-337-2224), a haven for collector and browser alike. Most are silver plate, nickel, chrome, and glass and are collector's items from the early 1900s to 1930s costing $350 and up.

Shaker styles range from the straightforward "Boston" to offbeat shapes like a dumbbell or golf bag. Others sport designs or scenes in repoussé, a relief made by hammering metal on the underside. There are jiggers, corkscrews, and cocktail glasses as well as novelty pieces like bar tools with tennis motifs and a sterling-silver whiskey funnel.

Washingtonian staff contributing to this section were Chuck Conconi, Sherri Dalphonse, Susan Davidson, Mary Clare Fleury, Cynthia Hacinli, Thomas Head, Stephanie Jones, Ann Limpert, Drew Lindsay, Chad Lorenz, Leslie Milk, William O'Sullivan, Cindy Rich, and Jeremy Stahl.  Also contributing were writers Cathy Alter, Ann Cochran, and Jenny Sullivan.