A lovely antique Napier "Bottoms-Up" jigger. Such a gorgeous measure. The "beaded" handle/ends are simply stunning and you'll find "1 oz and 2 oz" measurements etched on both sides of the jigger. This jigger or "roll-over" shot glass was put across the top of the cocktail glass, filled with liquor, and then the bartender would twist the handle to pour in the liquid into the glass. Truly a cool antique jigger.
*Please note: the glass is not included in this listing, only the jigger. The glass is purely for showcasing purposes. Cheers.
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 their bottoms up jigger.
Maker/era: Napier Rollover Jigger, Mid-Century
Hallmarks: "Napier Pat. Pend 184638" is embossed above the handle
Measurements: 5" from handle to handle. Please note: make certain the glass(es) you plan to use this jigger on measures less than 5" in diameter, so the handles have a place to "rest".
Condition: Very, very good vintage condition with very mild signs of age and wear. The silver-plating is vibrant and in great shape overall. There's some very minor "surface wear" to the bottom exterior of the jigger (it's so minor it was impossible to capture in a photo). There's mild tarnish (especially around the handles/beaded area). In short, this jigger is in very, very good vintage condition with very minor/general surface wear. This Napier meaesure displays beautifully. Cheers.
We have a number of other Napier jiggers and barware pieces including two other bottoms up jiggers (in different conditions). See other listings!
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****Important to note pre-purchase: Buyers, please examine all photos carefully as we cannot accept 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 accept returns due to the risk of breakage. Cheers!
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