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Rare 1930s Napier "Umbrella" Coin Bank

Sale price $161.96 Regular price $217.91

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An extremely rare Napier "Save For A Rainy Day" Umbrella coin bank. Truly a magical piece. I've been collecting Napier for ages and this is the first one I've run across. Circa 1930s, this coin bank has a slot for your coins and "Save For A Rainy Day" above the slot. Its figural shape and craftsmanship is stunning. Typically the "handle" unscrews to allow one to get the coins from inside the bank; however this bank's handle is stuck and will not unscrew and we would not recommend forcing it to.

Truly a magical figural piece.

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 and jiggers. In the early to mid 1930s they started producing a number of collectible pieces including this coin bank.

Measurements: Approx 6 1/2" long/tall

Maker/year: Napier, 1930s

Hallmarks: "Napier Pat. Pend" can be found on the top of the umbrella

Condition: Fair condition with very obvious signs of age/wear and plating loss. The reason we're listing this as "fair" is due to the condition of the silver-plating. Napier was known for creating some magical silver-plated figural pieces, but they were also known for poor silver-plating ;) Part of this bank's magic is the heavy patina and condition of the silver-plating; however, this piece has a ton of patina that will not polish away. Some plating loss, especially to the top of the umbrella section as well as some areas to the umbrella (see all photos for reference) in a number of places and almost a "gold" hue that silver-plating can get over the course of decades. There's also a "seam" (which was how this piece was created) and you can see a small "gap" in the very top of the seam (see photo #9 and #8 for reference). No dents or dings.

*Also note: as mentioned above, the handle does not want to "unscrew" and we wouldn't recommend forcing it. So, again the handle of this bank does not unscrew.

Cheers!

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