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Rare Napier Brass Stepped Jigger

Regular price $185.11

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A lovely an scare Napier brass "stepped" Jigger, 1930s. This measure features a stepped or graduated design with 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 1 1 1/2 oz, and 2 oz etched into the jigger (on both sides). Napier also made this jigger in silver-plating (the most common version of this Napier jigger) as well as sterling silver. Truly a gorgeous piece and the pinnacle of vintage Napier jiggers.

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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 several cocktail shakers (most notably the "Dial a Drink shaker" and the Rooster motif shaker) other pieces of barware including this well-known graduated/stepped jigger.

Measurements: Approx 2 1/2" tall

Maker/year: Napier, 1930s

Hallmarks: Stamped "Napier Pat. Pend." (for "patent pending") on underside of handle

Condition: Good vintage condition overall with mild signs of age and tarnish in a few areas that brass gets. There's tarnish to the interior of the jigger (that may or may not polish away -- tarnish on brass that's been in place for years can be stubborn). There's what we refer to as "general surface wear" on this piece. There's a pinhead sized ding on the very bottom edge of the jigger. There's tarnish on the interior handle (where the hallmark is). There's a tiny little rough spot on the first "step" that appears to be a manufacturing occurrence. In short, this jigger is in good vintage condition but does show signs of age as well as tarnish. Cheers.

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