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Napier Mechanical Jigger (in original box)

Sale price $276.30 Regular price $307.21

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A magical vintage silver-plated Napier "mechanical" stepped jigger, 1930s, in its original box with the original authenticity card. A gorgeous stepped or graduated design with 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 1 1 1/2 oz, and 2 oz etched into the jigger. Truly a magical vintage bar measure and one of the pinnacles of vintage Napier barware.

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 mechanical/valve jigger.

Measurements: Approx 4" tall

Maker/year: Napier, 1930s

Hallmarks:"Napier Pat. Pend." is stamped on the valve handle; the box has the # 134 on the bottom (we assume this indicates the model number for this Napier jigger)

Condition: Great vintage condition. This piece is NOS (new old stock that's never been used). The jigger works perfectly and the silver-plating in in great shape. There's some mild tarnish the buyer can polish away, if they choose to. The box shows minor wear purely due to age. There's also a scuff on the bottom of the box as well as a dark mark on the side of the box's lid. The card also shows minor wear, again purely due to age. In short, this jigger is in great vintage condition.

**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 except 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 except returns due to the risk of breakage.