What to look for in a JA Henckels Zeppelin set

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An au­then­tic por­ta­ble Zeppelin bar set by JA Henckels comes in a clas­sic size of 31cm in height or a com­pact size of 23cm and can sell for thou­sands of pounds. It was also made in a gi­ant size of 43cm (17in) but these are rare – one sold at Wright auc­tions in 2014 for $20,000. Usu­ally nickel or sil­ver- plated, the fin­ish to the main body is some­times ham­mered and some­times smooth. While the main body forms the cock­tail shaker, re­mov­ing the nose cone will re­veal an in­te­gral strainer and a hip flask with screw cap. De­tach the tail to find a corkscrew, fun­nel and four shot glasses, while the tail forms a nut or olive dish. The un­der­car­riage comes off too and con­tains four spoons. Also look for the im­pressed man­u­fac­turer’s mark to the tail fin and the words ‘JA Henckels Twin Works, Solin­gen, Ger­many’.

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