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Napier Bottoms Up Jigger, Napier Rollover Jigger

Sale price $165.94 Regular price $191.05

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A lovely antique Napier "Bottoms Up" jigger. Such a gorgeous piece. The "beaded" handle/ends are simply stunning and you'll find "1 oz and 2 oz" measurements etched on both sides of the jigger. This jigger or "rollover" shot glass was put across the top of the cocktail glass, filled with liquor, and then the bartender would twist the handle to pour in the liquid into the glass. Truly a cool antique jigger.

A quick bit of history on Napier: The Napier Company was named after its president, James H. Napier, who led the company from 1920 to 1960. But the company's history can be tracked back to 1875 when it was founded as Whitney and Rice in Attleboro, Mass., manufacturing silver products. The firm changed hands and name in 1882 and became Carpenter and Bliss and shortly thereafter, E.A. Bliss and Co., Inc. After rapid expansion in the late 1880s the company moved to Meriden, CT in 1890. After WWI, the firm shifted emphasis from silver products to production of modern jewelry. James Napier became president in 1920 and the company adopted the name Napier - Bliss Co. In 1922, the name was changed to Napier Company. Like many jewelry companies Napier got into lines of art objects and other utilitarian objects like cocktail shakers. In the early to mid 1930s they started producing several cocktail shakers (most notably the "Dial a Drink shaker" and the Rooster motif shaker) other pieces of barware including their well-known graduated/stepped jigger and their bottoms up jigger.

Maker/era: Napier Rollover Jigger, Mid-Century

Hallmarks: "Napier Pat. Pend 184638" is embossed above the handle

Measurements: 5" from handle to handle (please note: if the glass you'll use this on is larger than 4 3/4" in diameter, the handles will not be able to rest on the glass/rim).

Condition: Very, very good vintage condition with signs of age and wear. The silver-plating is vibrant and in great shape overall. There are some signs of age inline with a piece that's 75 years old. We're pretty Type A about our Conditions Summary, so here's a summary of all visible wear:

1) There's some mild tarnish/patina (see photos #6 and #7)
2) There are two tiny (and we mean tiny) age spots (the size of a pinhead) to the interior of the bowl that will likely not polish away. They are so micro small it was impossible to capture them in a photo
3) There's minimal/general surface wear to the exterior bottom of the jigger (again, minimal but can be seen to the human eye when examining it up close).

No dents or dings of any kind.

***Please note*** we don't polish our vintage pieces as some buyers are very particular about leaving their vintage silver and silver-plated items in as is condition. If you choose to polish this jigger, we highly recommend Goddard's Silver Polish (or a polish with non-abrasive agents in it) and a soft cloth. Overall, this antique jigger is in very, very good vintage condition and displays beautifully. Truly a magical piece.


**On shipping: We take our packaging very seriously and carefully wrap all pieces to ensure safe delivery.

****Important to note pre-purchase: Buyers, please examine all photos carefully as we cannot accept returns due to the fragile nature (the possibility of breakage when being shipped back) of our vintage/antique pieces. Our items are true vintage pieces that might have manufacturers flaws, flaws from age, or imperfections in general from being vintage. We try to explain the condition/description in an accurate and thorough manner but we ask that you please examine all photos carefully and ask all questions before purchasing an item as we are unable to accept returns due to the risk of breakage