Napier Company designs in collections, at auctions, in exhibitions, and historical information

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| Design Meriden | 18 March 2016 | Updated 9 December 2018


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The Napier Company: "[First,] the E. A. Bliss Company, with Mr. Bliss as its active head, was incorporated on July 17, 1882 in Massachusetts. The company made a varied line of jewelry and giftwares. In 1890, it moved to Meriden..."

"Mr. [James H.] Napier was elected president and general manager in 1920, and the company’s name was changed to the Napier-Bliss Company. In 1922, the present name, the Napier Company, was adopted."

"[In 1956,] Napier jewelry was shown at the opening in Rome of the summer 1956 collection of gowns for the Fontana sisters. It was the first time that American-designed jewelry had been featured by a European couturier. In addition to jewelry, the company produces sterling silver, silverplated and gold-plated giftwares, including such varied gifts as bar accessories, smokers’ accessories, and many other items."

— Excerpts from Wendover, Sanford H. (1956). 150 years of Meriden, pp. 179-80. (See entry below.)

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A. Napier Company (1922-) designs in collections (by year)


1920s

1920-30 - lemon press

Napier Company. (1920-30). Lemon press with bird motif. Metal. (Accession no. 1991.302. Viewed 8 April 2017. A01968.)

1925-1930 - flask

Napier Company. (1925-1930). Flask. Sterling silver and cork. (Accession nos. 1990.10a-b. Viewed 20 March 2016. A00124.)

1925-39 - jigger (cup)

Napier Company. (1925-39). Jigger (cup). Silver plate. (Accession no. 83.15.16. Viewed 6 April 2017. A01951.)

1925-39 - jigger (cup)

Napier Company. (1925-39). Jigger (cup). Silver. (Accession no. 1990.1288. Viewed 8 April 2017. A02024.)

c. 1928 - mirror

Napier Company. (c. 1928). Mirror. Silver, mirrored glass. (Accession no. 2000.45. Viewed 24 April 2016. D00067.)


1930s

c. 1930 - "Umbrella" still bank

Napier Company. (c. 1930). "Umbrella" still bank. Silver plate. (Accession no. 2003.236.542. Viewed 26 August 2018. J00177).

1930-40 - salt and pepper shakers with spoon

Napier Company. (1930-40). "Duplex" salt and pepper shakers with spoon. Silver plate. (Accession no: 2008.20.11.A-C. Viewed 18 March 2016. B00009.)

after 1932 - pair of jiggers

Napier Company. (after 1932). Pair of jiggers. (Accession no. 2004.15.2a,b. Viewed 18 July 2016. AAA00033-149.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

1934 - cocktail shaker

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (1934). Cocktail shaker. Silver plate. (Accession No: 2002.29.60.A-B. Viewed 18 March 2016. B00011.)

1934 - cocktail set

Napier Company. (1934). Cocktail set, foursome [shaker]. Silver electroplate, wood. (Accession no. 1990.1682 a-e. Viewed 8 April 2017. A01939.)

1934-35 - coffee service

Napier Company. (1934-35). Coffee service. (Accession no. 1986.177.0a-d. Viewed 17 July 2016. AAA00033-145.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

c. 1935 - cocktail set

Napier Company. (c. 1935). Individual cocktail shaker with drink dial. Silver plate. (Accession no: 2007.42.7.A-B. Viewed 18 March 2016. B00010.)

c. 1935 - salt and pepper server

Napier Company. (c. 1935). Salt and pepper server. Silver-plated brass. (Accession nos. 1992.92.6a-c. Viewed 24 May 2016. D00146.)

c. 1935 - cocktail shaker

Napier Company. (c. 1935). Individual cocktail shaker with drink dial. Silver plate. (Accession no. 2007.42.7.A-B. Viewed 27 April 2016. A00446.)

1935 - cocktail strainer

Napier Company. (1935). Cocktail strainer. Silver-plated brass. (Accession no. 87.724.9.1. Viewed 6 April 2017. A01955.)

1935 - cocktail spoon with graduated jigger

Napier Company. (1935). Cocktail spoon with graduated jigger. Silver-plated brass; (Accession no. 83.15.18. Viewed 6 April 2017. A01952.)

1935-40 - creamer and sugar bowl

Napier Company. (1935-40). Stacking creamer and sugar bowl. Metal. (Accession no. 1991.313 a,b. Viewed 8 April 2017. A01969.)

1936 - penguin cocktail shaker

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (1936). Penguin cocktail shaker with lid. Silver-plated metal. (Accession no. 1971-92-1-a,b. Viewed 1 January 2017. A01414.)

1936 - penguin cocktail shaker

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (1936). Penguin cocktail shaker. Gilded silver plate. (Accession no. 2002.29.8.A-B. Viewed 27 April 2016. A00438.)

c. 1936 - tea or coffee pot

Napier Company. (c. 1936). Tea or coffee pot (possibly Duplex line). Silver plate with gilding. (Accession no. 2014.48.3.A-B. Viewed 27 April 2016. A00439.)

c. 1936 - creamer and sugar bowl

Napier Company. (designed c. 1936). "The Duplex" creamer and sugar bowl. Gilded silver plate. (Accession no. 2004.13.10.A-B. Viewed 27 April 2016. A00437.)

c. 1936 - creamer and sugar bowl

Napier Company. (c. 1936). "The Duplex" creamer and sugar bowl. Silver plate and gold. (Accession no: 2002.29.64.A-B. Viewed 18 March 2016. B00012.)

c. 1936 - creamer

Napier Company. (designed c. 1936). Creamer. Silver plate. (Accession no. 2002.29.165.1. Viewed 18 March 2016. B00013.)

c. 1936 - sugar bowl

Napier Company. (designed c. 1936). Sugar bowl. Silver plate. (Accession no. 2002.29.165.2. Viewed 18 March 2016. B00014.)

c. 1936 - cocktail shaker

Napier Company. (c. 1936). Cocktail shaker. (Accession no. 1987.220.1a,b. ; viewed 17 July 2016. [AAA00033-147]

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

1938 - cocktail shaker, rooster

Napier Company. (1938). Cocktail shaker, rooster. Silver plate. (Accession no. 1990.1267. Viewed 8 April 2017. A02023.)



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1940s

c. 1940 - cigarette case

Napier Company. (c. 1940). Cigarette case. Rose gold, silver. (Accession no. 62.107.98. Viewed 6 April 2017. A01945.)

c. 1940 - toothpick holder

Napier Company. (c. 1940). Toothpick holder. (Accession no. 1986.190.1. Viewed 18 July 2016. AAA00033-146.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

c. 1940 - bar tool

Napier Company. (c. 1940). Bar tool. Accession no. 2000.94.3. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford. Offline; viewed 18 July 2016. [AAA00033-148]

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

1940-65 - serving spoon

Napier Company. (1940-65). Serving spoon. Silver plate. (Accession no. 1986.781. Viewed 25 August 2017. G00033.)

1949 - spoon

Napier Company. (1949). Spoon. Silver. (Accession no. 50-12. Viewed 12 November 2016. AAA00426-16.)


1950s

1950 - salad servers

Napier Company. (1950). Salad servers. (Accession no. 50-13A,B. Viewed 12 November 2016. AAA00426-17.)

  • Offline - Newark Museum, NJ.

c. 1950 - candle snuffer

Napier Company. (c. 1950). Candle snuffer. Sterling silver. (Accession no. 1995.8. Viewed 27 April 2016. A00444.)

1950 - sugar bowl and creamer

Napier Company. (1950). Sugar bowl and creamer. (Accession no. 50-25A,B. Viewed 12 November 2016. AAA00426-18.)

c. 1950-59 - earring

Napier Company. (c. 1950-59). Earring. (Obj. no. 1998.018.0058 ab . Viewed 27 August 2018. J00180).

1955-83 - bracelet

Napier Company. (1955-83). Bracelet. Gold-plated metal. (Accession no. 1984.1534. Viewed 25 May 2016. A00701.)

1955-83 - pair of earrings

Napier Company. (1955-83). Pair of earrings. Metal, plastic. (Accession no. 1984.1425AB. Viewed 25 May 2016. A00702.)

1957 - ladle

Napier Company. (1957). Ladle. Bakelite. (Accession no. 1990.1320. Viewed 8 April 2017. A02026.)


1960s

c. 1960 - salad-serving fork and spoon

Napier Company. (c. 1960). Salad-serving fork and spoon. Silver plate and teak. (Accession nos. 2002.29.92.1-2. Viewed 8 March 2017. A01728-29.)


1970s

c. 1970 - pair of earrings

Napier Company. (c. 1970). Pair of earrings. (Obj. no. NM.0324292+. Viewed 28 August 2018. J00192).


n. d.

early 20th c. - "Baby Bird" still bank

Napier Company. (early 20th century). "Baby Bird" still bank. Silver plate. (Accession no. 2003.236.830. Viewed 26 August 2018. J00176).

n. d. - fork and spoon

Napier Company. (undated). Fork and spoon. Silver plate and wood. (Accession nos. 2002.29.212.1-2. Viewed 8 March 2017. A01723-24.)

  • Photos - Dallas Museum of Art (fork; spoon).

n. d. - necklace

Napier Company. (undated). Necklace. Gold-tone metal. (Accession no. H.1999.1.617. Viewed 1 August 2017. A02781.)

n. d. - cork holder

Napier Company. (undated). Cork holder. Silver. (Accession no. 1990.548 a-e. Viewed 6 April 2017. A01936.)


B. Selected Napier Company designs at leading auction houses


1930s

1934 - cocktail shaker

Emil A. Schuelke for The Napier Company. (1934). Cocktail shaker. Silver-plated metal. (Viewed 9 April 2016. B00126.)

c. 1934 - cocktail shaker

Napier Company. (c. 1934). "Foursome" cocktail shaker. Silver plate, walnut. (Viewed 13 April 2016. D00030.)

1936 - penguin cocktail shaker

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (1936). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. (Viewed 8 May 2016. D00116.)

c. 1936 - penguin cocktail shaker

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (c. 1936). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. (Viewed 26 April 2016. C00017.)

c. 1936 - penguin cocktail shaker and two later reproductions

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (c. 1936). Penguin cocktail shaker and two later reproductions. Silver plate. (Viewed 27 April 2016. A00442.)

c. 1936 - penguin cocktail shaker

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (c. 1936). Cocktail shaker in the form of a penguin. Silver plate. (Viewed 4 April 2016. A00308.)

c. 1936 - penguin cocktail shaker

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (c. 1936). Penguin cocktail shaker. (Viewed May 2016. D00119.)

c. 1936 - penguin cocktail shaker

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (design patented 1936). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. (Viewed 13 April 2016. D00032.)

c. 1936 - penguin cocktail shaker

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (design patented 1936). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. (Viewed 26 April 2016. C00016.)

c. 1936 - penguin cocktail shaker

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (design patented 1936). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. (Viewed 13 April 2016. D00034.)

c. 1936 - penguin cocktail shaker

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (design patented 1936). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. (Viewed 26 April 2016. C00016.)

1930s- penguin cocktail shaker

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (1930s). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. (Viewed 8 December 2016. A01294.)

c. 1930s - three jiggers

Napier Company. (c. 1930s). Three jiggers. Silver plate. (Viewed 16 April 2016. C00012.)

c. 1930s - cocktail shaker

Napier Company. (c. 1930s). "Tells-U-How" cocktail shaker. Silver plate. (Viewed 13 April 2016. D00035.)


1940s

c. 1940s - musical measure

Napier Company. (c. 1940s). Musical measure. Silver plate. (Viewed 13 April 2016. D00027.)

c. 1940s - four jiggers

Napier Company. (c. 1940s). Four jiggers. Silver plate. (Viewed 13 April 2016. D00028.)

c. 1940s - pair of "swan" cocktail stick holders

Napier Company. (c. 1940s). Pair of "swan" cocktail stick holders. Silver plate. (Viewed 13 April 2016. D00029.)

c. 1940s - pair of "hedgehog" cocktail stick holders

Napier Company. (c. 1940s). Pair of "hedgehog" cocktail stick holders. Silver plate. (Viewed 13 April 2016. D00031.)


n. d.

20th c. - penguin cocktail shaker

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (20th century). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. (Viewed 7 May 2016. D00105.)

20th c. - pair of penguin cocktail shakers

Napier Company. (20th century). A pair of penguin form cocktail shakers. Silver plate. (Viewed 16 April 2016. C00013.)

n. d. - penguin cocktail shaker

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (undated). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. (Viewed 8 May 2016. D00115.)

20th c. - penguin cocktail shaker

Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (20th century). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. (Viewed 30 April 2016. C00045.)

20th c. - penguin cocktail shaker

Napier Company. (20th century). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. (Viewed 26 April 2016. C00021.)

20th c. - penguin cocktail shaker

Napier Company. (20th century). Penguin cocktail shaker. Silver plate. (Viewed 26 April 2016. C00020.)

n. d. - cocktail shaker

Napier Company. (undated). Cocktail shaker. (Viewed May 2016. D00118.)

20th c. - recipe cocktail shaker

Napier Company. (20th century). Recipe cocktail shaker. Silver plate. (Viewed 26 April 2016. C00023.)

20th c. - cocktail shaker combination corkscrew, caplifter, measure and funnel

Napier Company. (20th century). Cocktail shaker combination corkscrew, caplifter, measure and funnel. Silver plate. (Viewed 26 April 2016. C00019.)

20th c. - pair of Napier seashell-form ashtrays

Napier Company. (20th century). Pair of Napier seashell-form ashtrays. Sterling. (Viewed 26 April 2016. C00018.)

20th c. - gavel cocktail measure

Napier Company. (20th century). Gavel cocktail measure. Silver plate, stained beech. (Viewed 13 April 2016. D00033.)

n. d. - eight shell-form ashtrays

Napier Company. (undated). Eight shell-form ashtrays. Sterling silver. (Viewed 16 May 2016. E00001.)

n. d. - cigarette case

The Napier Company. (undated). Cigarette case. Sterling silver. (Viewed 18 May 2016. E00002.)

n. d. - gentleman’s flask with telescopic cup/cap

Napier Company. (undated). Gentleman’s flask with telescopic cup / cap. Silver. (Viewed May 2016. D00117.)

n. d. - candle snuffer

Napier Company. (undated). Candle snuffer. (Viewed 27 April 2016. A00441.)


C. Napier Company designs in exhibitions


1920s

1922 - National Merchandise Fair, New York

7 - c. 27 August 1922. National Merchandise Fair, Grand Central Palace and Seventy-first Regiment Armory, New York.

> Unspecified designs exhibited by Napier Company.

* For documentation, see historical information section below.

1923 - Second National Merchandise Fair, New York

23 July - 3 August 1923. Second National Merchandise Fair, Grand Central Palace and 165th Regiment Armory, New York.

> Unspecified designs exhibited by Napier Company.

* For documentation, see historical information section below.


1930s

1939 - display in G. Fox & Co., Hartford

18 - 25 February 1939. Connecticut-made week at G. Fox & Co., Hartford.

> Unspecified designs displayed by Napier Jewelry.

  • For documentation, see historical information section below.


1940s

1940 - display / exhibit at G. Fox & Co., Hartford

10 - 17 February 1940. Connecticut-made week at G. Fox & Co., Hartford. (Viewed 24 October 2018. C00314; C00317).

> Unspecified designs exhibited and / or displayed by Napier Jewelry.

  • For documentation, see historical section below.

1941 - display at G. Fox & Co.

8 - 15 February 1941. Connecticut-made week at G. Fox & Co., Hartford.

> Unspecified designs displayed by Napier Jewelry Co.

  • For documentation, see historical information section below.


1980s

1987-88 - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford

1 December 1987 - 31 August 1988. A decade of collecting Connecticut industrial arts at the Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

> Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (1934-35). Breakfast tea service. Silver plated nickel, plastic. (Possibly exhibited with patent drawing; CT Historical Society collection, not listed above.)

  • For documentation, see historical information section below.


1990s

1992-99 - Canada / USA travelling exhibition

7 venues: 1992-99. Shaken, not stirred: Cocktail shakers and design at Seagram Museum, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (11 December 1992 - 31 October 1993); Museum of our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts (24 April - 30 October 1994); Milwaukee Art Museum (29 September 1995 - 7 January 1996); Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama (24 July 1996 - 8 September 1996); Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans (1 October - 1 March 1997); The Museums at Stony Brook, Long Island, New York [now "The Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages"] (3 May - 4 September 1997); possibly Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL (c. January 1998); and San Francisco International Airport Museum (21 March 1998 - 20 February 1999).

Exhibited design (at Stony Brook viewing; due to nature of exhibition, the presentations at different sites may have varied.)

> Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (1936). Penguin cocktail shaker, patent no. 101,559. Silver plate. (Private lender.)

  • For documentation, see historical information section below.


2000s

2005-07 - Dallas Museum of Art travelling exhibition

5 venues: 2005 - 2007. Modernism in American Silver: 20th-Century Design. (Viewed 21 March 2016. A00140.)

> Exhibition venues: Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; Dallas Museum of Art; The Wolfsonian, Miami Beach, FL; The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN.


2010s

2011-12 - Brooklyn Museum

2 September 2011 - 1 April 2012. 19th-Century Modern at Brooklyn Museum, New York.

> Exhibited designs by Napier Company: Flask (1925-30) and Mirror (c. 1928). (Both Brooklyn Museum collection, listed above).

  • For documentation, see the historical information section below.

2016-17 - Dallas Museum of Art

18 November 2016 - 12 November 2017. Shaken, stirred, styled: The art of the cocktail at Dallas Museum of Art.

Exhibited designs:

> Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (1936). "Penguin" cocktail shaker; Gilded silver plate; (1934). Cocktail shaker. Silver plate. (Both Dallas Museum of Art collection, listed above.)

> Napier Company. (c. 1935). Individual cocktail shaker with drink dial. Silver plate. (Dallas Museum of Art collection.)

  • For documentation, see the historical information section below.

2017-18 - Cooper Hewitt and Cleveland exhibitions

2 venues: 2017-18. The jazz age: American style in the 1920s at Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York (7 April - 20 August 2017) and Cleveland Museum of Art (30 September 2017 - 14 January 2018).

>Exhibited design: Napier Company. (1925-30). Flask. (Brooklyn Museum collection, listed above).

  • For documentation, see the historical information section below.



See our Design Meriden compilation listing over 1000 exhibitions since 1853, featuring historical design associated with the Meriden area.



D. Napier Company historical information (by year)


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1890s

1890 - news mention

(August 1890). Trade gossip [with paragraph about Meriden Britannia Co., Wilcox Silver Plate Co., and E. A. Bliss Co. (Napier Company predecessor)] The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 87. (Viewed 4 September 2018. F00246-47).

"The Meriden Britannia Co., and Wilcox Silver Plate Co., have each taken $8,000 worth of the stock of the E. A. Bliss Co., of North Attleboro, Mass., who recently moved their business to Meriden." (Mention in full from above.)


1892 - news mention

(8 June 1892). Connecticut [mention of E. A. Bliss Co. (Napier Co. predecessor) "has been incorporated with a capital stock of $50,000".] The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 21. (Viewed 29 August 2018. B00237.)

1892 - news mention

(15 June 1892). Connecticut (with mention of E. A. Bliss Co. and stockholders). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 21. (Viewed 5 September 2018. F00281.)

1895 - news mention

(12 August 1895). Meriden’s factories [including mention of E. A. Bliss (Napier Company predecessor) as the 24th largest factory in Meriden]. The Daily Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), p. 3, col. 1. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00517-18).


1900s

1903 - news mention

(May 1903). News mention: E. A. Bliss (Napier Company predecessor). House Furnishing Review, p. 334. (Viewed 2 September 2018. G01136.)

"The [E. A.] Bliss Company, manufacturers of novelties at Meriden, Conn., has begun the manufacture of various kinds of ladies’ celluloid combs." (Full excerpt from above.)


1905 patents

See the patents


1905 - advertisement

E. A. Bliss Co. (Napier predecessor company). (11 October 1905). Advertisement: "The Bliss comb girl..." [with illustration]. The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly, p. 43. (Viewed 2 September 2018. H00392).

1905 - two advertisements

E. A. Bliss Co. (Napier predecessor company). (25 October, 8 November 1905). Advertisement: "The Bliss Cecilia belt girl..." [with illustration]. The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly. (Viewed 2 September 2018. D00251; D00259).

1905 - two advertisements

E. A. Bliss Co. (Napier predecessor company). (22 November 1905). Advertisement: "The Bliss chatelaine girl..." The Jewelers’ Circular — Weekly. (Viewed 2 September 2018. D00264; D00267).



1906 - advertisement

E. A. Bliss Co. [Napier Co. predecessor]. (14 June 1906). Advertisement: "The E. A. Bliss Co., Artistic Jewelers, Maker of Fine Leather Goods. Meriden, Conn, Salesrooms, 521 Fifth Avenue, New York" [no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 7, col. 1. (Viewed 23 October 2018. B01192-95).


1920s


Please note: three researchers over many years have never seen a Napier Company silver objects trade catalogue. However, distributor and retailer catalogues might be worth looking into.



1921 - patent - mesh-bag

Frederick Rettenmeyer, assignor to Napier-Bliss Company. (6 December 1921; filed Letters patent no. 1,399,576; serial no. 472,355: Mesh-bag. (Viewed 10 March 2018. AAA01067.)

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1922-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 5 March 2018.)

1922 - spotlighted news mention - Napier Company in Merchandise Fair, New York

(6 August 1922). Merchandise fair to open tomorrow [7 - c. 27 August 1922; with listing of exhibitor: "Napier Company, 366 Fifth Av., jewelry"]. New York Times, p. 31. (Viewed 7 December 2018. L00825).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1923 - spotlighted news mention - Napier Company in Merchandise Fair, New York

(22 July 1923). Merchandise fair to open tomorrow [at Grand Central Palace and 165th Regiment Armory; 23 July - 3 August 1923; with mention of exhibitors including: "Napier Co., The, Meriden, Conn.; gifts, novelties, jewelry"]. New York Times, pp. 1, 4. (Viewed 10 November 2018. D00453).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1923 - spotlighted advertisement - Napier Co. in National Merchandise Fair, New York

National Merchandise Fair, New York. (3 May 1923). Advertisement: "... exhibitors... The Napier Co. ..." New York Times, p. 9. (Viewed 9 December 2018. L00826).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.


1925 patents

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1925 - patent - bracelet

Emil A. Schuelke (not assigned to Napier Company). (8 September 1925; filed 1 June 1925). Design patent no. 68,159; serial no. 13,619: Bracelet. (Viewed 10 March 2018. AAA01066.)

1925 - patent - powder holder

Emil Schuelke and Julius Ross, assignor to Napier Company. (9 February 1926; filed 10 July 1925). Patent no. 1,572,562; serial no. 42,650: Powder holder. (Viewed 10 March 2018. AAA01065.)



1926 - patent - vanity box

Frederick Rettenmeyer, assignor to Napier Company. (6 April 1926; filed 16 July 1925). Patent no. 1,579,842; serial no. 43,895: Vanity box. (Viewed 10 March 2018. AAA01064.)


1927 patents

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1927 - patent - vanity box

Julius Ross and Emil A. Schuelke, assignor to Napier Company. (11 October 1927; filed 13 June 1927). Patent no. 1,645,351; serial no. 198,327: Vanity box. (Viewed 10 March 2018. AAA01068.)

1927 - patent - vanity box

Emil A. Schuelke and Julius Ross, assignor to Napier Company. (27 December 1927; filed 13 July 1927). Patent no. 1,654,271; serial no. 205,367: Vanity box. (Viewed 10 March 2018. AAA01069.)



1928 patents

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1928 - patent - design for a pocket lighter

Emil A. Schuelke, assignor to Napier Co. (10 January 1928; filed 19 August 1927). Design no. 74,241; serial no. 23,150: Design for a pocket lighter. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01482.)

1928 - patent - design for a necklace or similar article

Emil Arthur Schuelke, assignor to Napier Company. (20 November 1928; filed 9 February 1928). Design no. 76,960; serial no. 25,308: Design for a necklace or similar article. (Viewed 29 March 2018. AAA01624.)

1928 - patent - design for a necklace or similar article

Emil Arthur Schuelke, assignor to Napier Co. (11 December 1928; filed 9 February 1928). Design no. 77,188; serial no. 25,307: Design for a necklace or similar article. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01483.)



1929 - patent - design for a metal link for jewelry

Frederick Rettenmeyer, assignor to Napier Company. (8 October 1929; filed 5 March 1929). Design no. 79,257; serial no. 30,323: Design for a metal link for jewelry. (Viewed 24 March 2018. AAA01484.)


1930s

1930 patents

See the patents


1930 - patent - combined desk blotter and box

Emil A. Schuelke, assignor to Napier Company. (16 December 1930; filed 30 September 1929). Patent no. 1,785,229; serial no. 396,053: Combined desk blotter and box. (Viewed 9 March 2018. AAA01070.)

1930 - patent - metal unit for jewelry

Frederick W. Rettenmeyer, assignor to Napier Company. (18 March 1930; filed 16 December 1929). Design patent no. 80,741, serial no. 33,799: metal unit for jewelry. (Viewed 9 March 2018. AAA01072.)



1932 - patent - tongs for table service

Otto C. Schaefer, assignor to Napier Company. (10 May 1932; filed 31 October 1931). Patent no. 1,857,979; serial no. 572,277: Tongs for table service. (Viewed 9 March 2018. AAA01073.)

1933 - advertisement

Brown Thomson, Inc., Hartford, CT. (18 June 1933). Advertisement: "... Silver Plated Ware and Pewter... Tell U How Napier cocktail shaker in silver plated, quart size... " [with no related illustrations]. Hartford Courant, p. 3. (Viewed 20 October 2018. D00387).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.


1933 patents

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1933 - patent - liquid measuring device

Emil A. Schuelke and Julius Ross, assignor to Napier Company. (29 August 1933; filed 23 March 1932). Letters patent no. 1,924,809; serial no. 600,674: Liquid measuring device. (Viewed 28 March 2018. AAA01610.)

1933 - patent - bottle lock

Frederick W. Rettenmeyer, assignor to Napier Company. (28 November 1933; filed 3 January 1933). Letters patent no. 1,937,295; serial no. 649,903: Bottle lock. (Viewed 28 March 2018. AAA01611.)



1934 patents

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1934 - patent - design for a combined coffeepot, cream pitcher, and sugar container

Emil A. Schuelke, assignor to Napier Company. (13 November 1934; filed 14 September 1934). Design no. 93,854; serial no. 53,285: Design for a combined coffeepot, cream pitcher, and sugar container. (Viewed 28 March 2018. AAA01612.)

1934 - patent - design for a shaker or similar article

Emil A. Schuelke, assignor to Napier Company. (18 December 1934; filed 18 July 1934). Design no. 94,098; serial no. 52,627: Design for a shaker or similar article. (Viewed 28 March 2018. AAA01613.)

1934 - patent - design for a shaker top

Le Roy W. Campbell, assignor to Napier Company. (25 December 1934; filed 18 June 1934). Design no. 94,116; serial no. 52,215: Design for a shaker top. (Viewed 28 March 2018. AAA01614.)



1935 patents

See the patents


1935 - patent - shaker rack

Le Roy H. Fontan, assignor to Napier Company. (26 February 1935; filed 3 July 1934). Letters patent no. 1,992,657; serial no. 733,585: Shaker rack. (Viewed 28 March 2018. AAA01615.)

1935 - patent - design for a hand mirror

Harry A. Werfel, assignor to Napier Company. (16 July 1935; filed 30 April 1935). Design no. 96,288; serial no. 56,628: Design for a hand mirror. (Viewed 29 March 2018. AAA01623.)

1935 - patent - drink mixer

Le Roy Haviland Fontan, assignor to Napier Company. (3 September 1935; 9 September 1932). Letters patent no. 2,013,615; serial no. 632,383: drink mixer. (Viewed 28 March 2018. AAA01616.)

1935 - patent - cocktail shaker

Frederick W. Rettenmeyer, assignor to Napier Company. (3 September 1935; filed 6 October 1932). Letters patent no. 2,013,616; filed 6 October 1932: Cocktail shaker. (Viewed 29 March 2018. AAA01622.)

1935 - patent - drink shaker

Harry A. Werfel, assignor to Napier Company. (3 September 1935; filed 23 February 1933). Letters patent no. 2,013,617; serial no. 658,000: Drink shaker. (Viewed 29 March 2018. AAA01622.)

1935 - patent - design for a service stand for the display of hors d’oeuvres

Emil A. Schuelke, assignor to Napier Company. (22 October 1935; filed 27 August 1935). Design no. 97,603; serial no. 58,321: Design for a service stand for the display of hors d’oeuvres. (Viewed 29 March 2018. AAA01625.)

1935 - patent - design for a hand mirror

Henry A. Werfel, assignor to Napier Company. (3 December 1935; filed 18 September 1935). Design no. 97,749: serial no. 58,610: Design for a hand mirror. (Viewed 29 March 2018. AAA01626.)



1936 - patent - [penguin] design for a cocktail shaker or similar article

Emil A. Schuelke, assignor to Napier Company. (13 October 1936; filed 22 August 1936). Design patent no. 101,559; serial no. 64,524: [Penguin] design for a cocktail shaker or similar article. (Viewed 9 March 2018. AAA01075.)

1939 - spotlighted news mention - display at G. Fox & Co., Hartford

(17 February 1939). Goods made in state to be exhibited; Exhibits and demonstrations to feature Connecticut-made Week at G. Fox store [with mention of Napier Jewelry in list of exhibitors]. Hartford Courant, p. 6. (Viewed 24 October 2018. D00388).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1939 - spotlighted advertisement - display at G. Fox & Co., Hartford

G. Fox & Co., Hartford, CT. (19 February 1939). Advertisement: "... for the third week of February... Third Annual Connecticut-Made Week... 150 distinctive displays... it’s a great educational show... Napier Jewelry ... " Hartford Courant, p. 8. (Viewed 24 October 2018. C00316).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1939 - patent - display article holder

Frederick W. Rettenmeyer, assignor to Napier Company. (11 April 1939; filed 29 December 1938). Design patent no. 114,199; serial no. 82,046: Display article holder. (Viewed 9 March 2018. AAA01074.)



Click the following link to see designs and documentation for other historical silver companies from the Meriden area, and those that were connected to the International Silver Company; go to the historical Meriden design overview page and scroll down to section B: "ISC, predecessors & divisions" and C: "Other featured companies".



1940s

1940 - spotlighted advertisement - display / exhibit at G. Fox & Co., Hartford

G. Fox & Co., Hartford, CT. (February 1940). Advertisement: "... Feb. 10 to 17, Fox’s Fourth Annual Connecticut-Made Week... expected to have displays or exhibits... Napier Jewelry ... " Hartford Courant. (Viewed 24 October 2018. C00314; C00317).

  • Offline - 9 February 1940, p. 3; 14 February 1940, p. 3. See worldcat.org for locations.

1941 - two spotlighted advertisements - display / exhibit at G. Fox & Co., Hartford

G. Fox & Co., Hartford, CT. (February 1941). Advertisement: "Connecticut-made week", Fox’s fifth observance Feb. 8 thru 15th... Napier Jewelry Co." [with no illustrations]. Hartford Courant. (Viewed 25 October 2018. C00322-23).

  • Offline - 9 February 1941, p. 6; 13 February 1941, p. 3. (See worldcat.org on locations.)

1942 - advertisement

The Little Traveler’s Shop, Meriden, CT. (22 November 1942). Feminine Topics; Advertisement: "... We were enchanted by that delightful collection of Napier, Gaylord Farms, and International Silver costume jewelry which we saw at The Little Traveler’s Shop, 766 Broad Street, Meriden... " Hartford Courant, p. A4, col. 7. (Viewed 20 October 2018. D00394).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1942 - advertisement

Ruth van Schaack, Hartford, CT. (6 December 1942). Feminine Topics; Advertisement: "... Just the mere mention of the name ’Napier’, spells beauty, quality and fine craftsmenship in costume jewelry, and at Ruth van Schaack’s shop, 922 Farminghton Avenue, they carry this jewelry exclusively... "Hartford Courant, p. A4, col. 6. (Viewed 20 October 2018. D00395).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1942 - patent - match packet and cardcase

Frederick W. Rettenmeyer, assignor to Napier Company. (9 June 1942; filed 1 April 1941). Patent no. 2,285,836; serial no. 386,273: Match packet and cardcase. (Viewed 9 March 2018. AAA01071.)


1950s

1955 - patent - jewelry pin or the like

Eugene E. Bertolli, assignor to Napier Company. (11 October 1955; filed 28 December 1954). Design no. 175,757; serial no. 33,716: Jewelry pin or the like. (Viewed 29 March 2018. AAA01627.)

1956 - historical information

Wendover, Sanford H. (1956). On Napier Company, (pp. 179-81; photo of building in unpaginated photo section after p. 276). In 150 years of Meriden. Meriden: Meriden Sesquicentennial Committee. (Published in connection with the observance of the city’s sesquicentennial, June 17-23, 1956). (Viewed 12 June 2016. A00789-90.)

1957 - patent - clown bank or similar article

Warren O. Dontigney, assignor to Napier Company. (26 February 1957; filed 10 September 1956). Design no. 179,765; serial no. 42,880: Clown bank or similar article. (Viewed 26 April 2018. AAA02579).

1959 - patent - liquid measuring cup or similar article

Frederick W. Rettenmeyer, assignor to Napier Company. (17 March 1959; filed 3 September 1958). Design no. 184,638; serial no. 52,481: Liquid measuring cup or similar article. (Viewed 29 March 2018. AAA01628.)

1950s - reprinted postcard

(1950s). Reprinted Napier Company postcard, (p. 35). In: Franco, Janis Leach. (2010). Meriden. Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, SC. (Viewed 15 December 2016. DM.)


1980s

1987-88 - exhibition labels - Napier Company in Hartford exhibition

Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford. (c. 1987). Exhibition labels / checklist for A decade of collecting Connecticut industrial arts (1 December 1987 - 31 August 1988). [The list might be incomplete.] [Exhibited: Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (1934-35). Breakfast tea service. CT Historical Society collection; possibly exhibited with patent drawing.] (Viewed 25 November 2018. B01209-17; B01219-20).

  • Offline - exhibition labels / checklist - Connecticut Historical Society, curatorial area, Hartford.
  • Offline - pre-exhibition planning documentation, 6 pp. - Connecticut Historical Society archive, Hartford.

1988 - secondary source

Vumbaco, Brenda J. (1988). On Napier Company, (p. 78 - historical; p. 104 - c. 1988). In Meriden – Connecticut crossroads: An illustrated history. 144 pages. (Updated 19 April 2017. A00804. DM.)


1990s

1992-99 - exhibition checklist and show venues - travelling exhibition

The Museums at Stony Brook. (c. 1997). Exhibition checklist for Shaken, not stirred: Cocktail shakers and design exhibition (3 May - 4 September 1997). (For six other venues and exhibited design, see Napier Company exhibitions section above. (Viewed 28 November 2018. B01222-13)

  • Offline - The Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages (formerly The Museums at Stony Brook, Long Island, New York). (Also supplied venues and dates.)

1997 - photos and mentions in book

Yelavich, Susan. (1997). Photos of Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company’s penguin-form cocktail shaker (1936). In Design for life: Our daily lives, the spaces we shape, and the ways we communicate, as seen through the collections of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, pp. 22, 64. 192 pp. Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. (Viewed 10 December 2018. D00650-55).

1998 - magazine mention and photo - Napier Company in travelling exhibition

Henderson, Helen B. (November 1998). Shaken not stirred collectible bar ware [with mention and photo of Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (1936). Penguin cocktail shaker, patent no. 101,559. Silver plate and exhibitions at Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach and San Francisco International Airport Museum]. (For other venues in the traveling show, see the Napier Company exhibitions section above.) Antiques & Collecting Magazine, pp. 38-40+. (Viewed 28 November 2018. D00580).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.


2000s

2005-07 - Napier Company in exhibition

Stern, Jewel. (2005). Modernism in American silver. [Includes Napier Company designs.] 392 pp. Dallas Museum of Art and Yale University Press. (Book accompanied exhibition at 5 American venues.) (Updated 17 April 2017. DM.)

> Exhibition venues: Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; Dallas Museum of Art; The Wolfsonian, Miami Beach, FL; The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN.


2010s

2011-12 - Napier Co. in Brooklyn Museum exhibition

(c. 2011). 19th-Century Modern at Brooklyn Museum, New York (2 September 2011 - 1 April 2012) exhibition announcement. [Exhibited designs by Napier Company: Flask (1925-30) and Mirror (c. 1928). (Both Brooklyn Museum collection, listed above).] (Updated 9 November 2018. A00006; L00808.)

2012 - mention in presented paper

Murphy, James. (2012). Shaken not stirred— the evolution of the cocktail shaker [with mention of Napier Company, p. 9]. Presented paper at the First Dublin Gastronomy Symposium, (June 5-6). (Viewed 16 October 2018. C00301).

2013 - secondary source

Lewis, Melinda L. (2013). The Napier Co.: Defining 20th century American costume jewelry. 1012 pp. Benicia, CA: Life by Design Publishing. (Viewed 29 November 2016. A01284.)

2016 - spotlighted news mention and photo - Napier Company in Dallas Museum of Art exhibition

Joseph, Dana. (2 November 2016). Dallas Museum of Art exhibition to explore the art of the cocktail [announcement of Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail show (18 November 2016 - 12 November 2017), with mention and photo of Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (1936). "Penguin" cocktail shaker. Gilded silver plate. (Dallas Museum of Art collection.)]. Fort Worth Star-Telegram. (Viewed 28 November 2018. B01228-30).


2016 - other articles

See the articles


2016 - news mention and photo - Napier Company in Dallas Museum of Art exhibition

Dangremond, Sam. (28 September 2016). Cheers! Here’s some of the best barware of all time [photo gallery with captions, including Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (1936). "Penguin" cocktail shaker. (Dallas Museum of Art collection.)] Town & Country. (Viewed 29 November 2018. B01224-27).

2016 - news mention with photo - Napier Company in Dallas Museum of Art exhibition

Hostetter, Alaena. (23 November 2016). DMA’s intoxicating exhibit celebrates the artistry in cocktail makers’ tools [with mention and photo of Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (1936). "Penguin" cocktail shaker; Gilded silver plate. (Dallas Museum of Art collection.)] Dallas Observer. (Viewed 29 November 2018. B01231-40).

2016 - news mention with photo - Napier Company in Dallas Museum of Art exhibition

Beach, Laura. (20 December 2016). Shaken, stirred, styled: The art of the cocktail [with mention and photo of Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (1936). "Penguin" cocktail shaker; Gilded silver plate; (1934). Cocktail shaker. Silver plate. (Both Dallas Museum of Art collection.)] Antiques and the Arts. (Viewed 29 November 2018. B01242).



2016-17 - exhibition checklist - Napier Company in Dallas Museum of Art exhibition

Dallas Museum of Art. (c. 2016). Exhibition checklist for Shaken, stirred, styled: The art of the cocktail (18 November 2016 - 12 November 2017). [For the list of exhibited Napier Company designs, see the exhibitions section above.] (Viewed 28 November 2018. AAA000155-56; AAA00542-43).

2017 - news mention and installation photo - Napier Company in Dallas Museum of Art exhibition

Voon, Claire. (6 October 2017). A stirring history of cocktail design [with mention and installation photo of Emil A. Schuelke for Napier Company. (1936). "Penguin" cocktail shaker; Gilded silver plate. (Dallas Museum of Art collection)]. Hyperallergic. (Viewed 29 November 2018. B01244).

2017-18 - exhibition catalogue - Napier Company in Cooper Hewitt and Cleveland exhibitions

Coffin, Sarah D. and Harrison, Stephen. (2017) The Jazz Age: American style in the 1920s exhibition catalogue. 379 pp. Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art. [Venues: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York (7 April - 20 August 2017) and Cleveland Museum of Art (30 September 2017 - 14 January 2018); exhibited design: Napier Company. (1925-30). Flask. (Brooklyn Museum collection)]. (Viewed 29 November 2018. A02036-41; A02766; B01246-49).