Napier Company historical information (2016)

An artdesigncafe / Design Meriden resource.

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.

Napier Company (active 1922-) historical information


Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1922-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 18 October 2017.)


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.)

Reprinted postcard

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


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.)


Napier Company in 2005-07 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.


Napier Co. in 2011-12 Brooklyn exhibition

(c. 2011). 19th-Century Modern at Brooklyn Museum, New York (2011-12) exhibition announcement. (Viewed 10 March 2016. A00006.)

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.)

Napier Co. in 2013-15 Brooklyn exhibition

(c. 2013). 19th-Century Modern at Brooklyn Museum, New York (2013-15) exhibition announcement. (Viewed 10 March 2016. A00005.)

Napier Company in 2016-17 exhibition

(c. 2016). Exhibition announcement for Shaken, stirred, styled: The art of the cocktail exhibition at Dallas Museum of Art (18 November 2016 - 12 November 2017). (Updated 2 December 2016. AAA000155-56; AAA00542-43.)

Napier Company in 2017-18 exhibition

Coffin, Sarah and Harrison, Stephen. (2017). The jazz age: American style in the 1920s. [Catalogue for exhibitions at Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York (7 April - 20 August 2017); and Cleveland Museum of Art (30 September 2017 - 14 January 2018).] 379 pp. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art. (Viewed 8 April 2017. A02036-39; A02766.)

This compilation is currently in development. If you know of any Napier Company historical documentation not listed above, please contact artdesigncafe and we will add the information to the growing compilation. The goal is to enable more productive research into Napier Company design and facilitate new discoveries.