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Napier Gold-Plated Cat Jigger

Regular price $184.72

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A lovely vintage gold-plated Napier Art Deco Cat Jigger, 1930s. This figural jigger has a 1 oz etching on one side. When you want to fill the jigger, you flip it upside down and it balances on it's tail and two ears. Then pour the contents into your drink. When not in use, it sits upright as a regal feline/cat. It was tough to capture photos without picking up other items/reflections in the room; we took photos in two different lighting settings, still no luck. This jigger is a soft gold tone. Any dark areas you see are our wood ceiling beams, etc. Truly a gorgeous figural jigger.

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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: Good vintage condition overall with signs of age. There's general "age" that comes purely from time. Here's a full summary:

1) There's tarnish on the inside interior (see photo)
2) The jigger will balance on it's head if placed carefully upside down and held into place for a moment - but doesn't stand perfectly upright, it's more of an angle (due to the ears not being perfectly aligned, very common with this style Napier jigger)
3) There's a manufacturing occurrence in the gold-plating on the front lower right that appears to be a "wrinkle" not not completely smooth (which occurred when the gold-plating was being applied) -- see last photo
4) There's what we refer to as general "surface wear" (from past handling) that can include micro fine scratches, etc.

In short, this vintage jigger is in good vintage condition overall but does show mild signs of age and several manufacturing occurrences. Truly a lovely figural piece.

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