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Napier Cat Jigger, 1930s Jigger, Napier Art Deco Jigger, Napier Barware

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A lovely vintage silver-plated Napier Art Deco Cat Jigger, circa 1930s. This lovely jigger has a 1 oz etching on one side to allow for the perfect measure. Truly a gorgeous figural 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, the mechanical/valve jigger, and their Art Deco-style cat jigger.

Measurements: 4" tall Maker/year: Napier, 1930s Hallmarks: "Napier" can be found on the tail

Condition: Very, very good vintage condition. The only reason we're not saying "excellent" condition is because one of the cat's ears is smooshed slightly. See photos for reference. The smooshed ear has a slight ruffling in the silver-plating (which likely happened when it was smooshed). So this jigger will not balance on its ears/tail due to the smooshed ear. Beyond this, this jigger is in very, very good shape. The silver-plating is vibrant overall. The interior of the jigger is gold-plated and its also in very good condition. There's one tiny "flat" spot on the forehead (we don't believe it's a dent but we're Type A about mentioned the exact condition of our items). Overall, this jigger is in very good condition and displays beautifully. There is general (minimal) exterior wear as well as age in line with a silver-plated piece that's 90 years old. This jigger has some subtle speckled patina here and there (which adds to its magical factor). The silver-plating is completely in tact and vibrant. There is one tiny ding (1/8 of an inch) that's so small and shallow it was impossible to capture in a photo. Overall, this jigger is in very good vintage condition and truly a lovely figural piece. Cheers!

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