A lovely vintage silver-plated Art Deco 3-in-1 Bar spoon by Napier, 1930s. Napier made several versions of this 3-in-1 bar spoon including a few that were embossed with animals. This spoon has a "raised" silver-plated horse's head on the jigger end. The 3-in-1 comes into play as this spoon serves as a jigger, a bottle opener, and a stirring spoon. This spoon is also monogrammed "Louisville KY" (see photo). Truly a magnificent vintage bar tool.
**Please note: this spoon is monogrammed "Louisville KY"
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 3-in-1 bar spoons.
Measurements: 9" tall
Maker/year: Napier, 1930s
Hallmarks: "Pat. Applied For Napier" (patent applied for) is embossed on the back on the spoon
Condition: Good vintage condition with signs of age and wear. This spoon has a slight curve (see photos) which isn't uncommon for this particular bar spoon. This spoon has quite a bit of tarnish and patina, which is part of it's magic. No dents or dings. In short, this spoon shows age inline with a piece that's 90 years old. This spoon displays beautifully. It has a magical feel to it and we wonder how many whiskey cocktails this spoon might have stirred in Louisville, KY in the 1930s and 40s..... Truly a neat piece. Cheers!
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