This is a true classic and brings back memories for many people. The West Bend Aluminum Company located in West Bend, Wisconsin was founded by Bernhardt C. Ziegler in 1911. At the time, the company produced aluminum cookware and household electrical appliances (see my previous post with their slow cookers) and also built outboard boat motors.
Even though the ice bucket was released in 1944, the 1950’s and 1960’s is when it really became popular. What especially makes this ice bucket so cool is the insulation which allows it to be used for both hot and cold items.
I purchased this item from a local thrift store and paid around $4.00, but online retailers are selling it for $35.00+
I really enjoy this item as it always reminds me of classic cocktail party in the works. Go find yourself one- you’ll be glad you did!