Vintage Napier "Bar Baby" Jigger. This miniature shaker/jigger is nothing short of magical and and is comprised of a mini lid and mini cap, fashioned after a full-sized cocktail shaker. This jigger is etched with 1 and 2 oz. lines, so you can measure the perfect amount when making a cocktail. Made by Napier and sold as a "gift for him" in the late 1940s/early 50s.
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 the Bar Baby jigger.
Measurements: Measures 3 3/4" high and about 2" wide at the widest point Hallmarks: "Napier Pat. Pend." can be found on the bottom of the jigger
Condition: Good vintage condition for a piece that's 80 years old.The silver-plating is in excellent condition and extremely vibrant (in fact the silver-plating is so vibrant we had a tough time capturing photos w/out flash back from the camera's flash or reflection of other items in the room. Any yellow hue you see is due to the camera's flash. This piece is a purely silver in color tone). This mini shaker/jigger has age spots to the bottom interior and inside the cap that may or may not polish away. The bottom has two tiny dings that are shallow and not noticeable when the shaker/jigger is sitting flat on a surface. There is also a small amount of wear to the bottom of the shaker. In short, this miniature shaker/jigger is in very good vintage condition.
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