Napier Company / E. A. Bliss Co. silver designs in collections, at auction, and in exhibitions

Napier Company cocktail shakers


Above, illustrations of cocktail shakers by Emil A. Schuelke for the Napier Company (left: design patent no. 94,098, 1934; right: 101,559, 1936). For more information, see listed entries on the parallel Napier Co. / E. A. Bliss historical information page.


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


Napier Company; predecessors: Carpenter & Bliss (1875-1883); E. A. Bliss (1883-1920); Meriden Sterling Co. ("offshoot of E. A. Bliss"); Napier-Bliss (1920-22).


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1920s

c. 1920-25 - match safe

Napier Company. (c. 1920-25). Match safe. (Accession no. 200122. Viewed 21 February 2021. J01139).

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.)

c. 1935 - creamer

Napier Company. (c. 1935). Creamer. (Object no. 1990.132. Viewed 16 April 2020. J00268).

c. 1935 - creamer

Napier Company. (c. 1935). Creamer. (Object no. 1990.132A. Viewed 16 April 2020. J00269).

c. 1935 - sugar bowl

Napier Company. (c. 1935). Sugar bowl. (Object no. 1990.132B. Viewed 16 April 2020. J00270).

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.)


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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. - stirring spoon

Napier Company. (20th century). Sterling stirring spoon. (Viewed 21 June 2020. L01429).

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.)

n. d. - jigger

Napier Company. (undated). Jigger, graduated cylindrical form with angular strap handle. (Viewed 21 June 2020. L01430).


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.

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.


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.


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.

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.


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.)


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.)


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).

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.)

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).



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