On 13 June 1731 Peter Henckels registered the "Zwilling" (German for "Twin") logo with the Cutlers’ Guild of Solingen. This makes Zwilling one of the oldest trademarks in the world. 40 years later, Peter's son Johann Abraham Henckels (1771-1850) was born, who would later re-name the company after himself. The Henckels logo has been in the current shape with a red background since 1969.
J.A. Henckels opened the first trading outlet in 1818 in Berlin, opening a shop in New York in 1883 and followed a year later by Vienna. Until 1851 the company exhibited its products in The great exhibition in the crystal palace in Great Britain and achieved an international recognition and an award medal. In 1909 Henckels set up its first subsidiary in the U.S., followed by Canada, The Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Japan, Italy, France, Spain, China. In 2008, subsidiaries were set up in Great Britain and Brazil.
JA Henckels was awarded the Grand Prix prize in Paris in 1900 and the Grand Prix of St. Louis in 1904. It was also awarded with the Prussian State Golden Medal. Henckels was also given a Royal warrant of appointment as purveyors of knives to the Imperial and Royal Court of Austria-Hungary.
Based in Solingen, Germany, J A Henckels has been working in metal production since the early-mid 18th century, and developed this striking cocktail shaker set in 1926. A testament to the industrial future, the sleek silver-plated carriage opens at the nose to reveal a shaker with strainer, funnel with stopper and lid, and four graduated shot cups. The undercarriage gently snaps off to reveal four cocktail spoons, and the tail unscrews to act as a bowl for olives or nuts.