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Cartier and The Napier Archives

Although the designers at Napier were outstanding jewelers, silversmiths and artisans, they too, turned to other companies for design inspiration. This page was taken from a 1932 Cartier catalog that was part of The Napier Archive. As discussed in the book, many catalogs from other companies were used either to examine the marketplace and current […]

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Legends in Silver Heraldic Jewelry by Napier

Heraldic jewelry enjoyed popularity several times during the 20th century, including the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. So when it comes to indentify a particular decade that a piece could have been introduced into a jewelry line can often be difficult from a visual perspective. Fortunately, our ability to research collections has improved over the […]

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Napier Jewelry Christmas Pins and Christmas Tree

Napier Jewelry Christmas Pins and Christmas Tree

The Napier Co. manufactured a variety of Christmas pins throughout the years, including wreaths, candy canes, trees, Christmas bells and snowflakes. In the collectors genre, these pins are highly desirable and have maintained a strong demand on the secondary market. These pins, especially the rhinestone embellished motifs, are heavily coveted by collectors. Napier pins can […]

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The Mamie Eisenhower Bracelet

Mystery Surrounding The Mamie Eisenhower Bracelet Solved! After nearly six decades, the mystery surrounding the Napier Mamie Eisenhower bracelet has finally been revealed. In December 1954, women’s editor Edyth Radom, of The Hartford Currant, wrote an exposé on The Napier Co. Featured in the article was Napier’s most famous bracelet, dubbed by collectors today as […]

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True Facts About Napier’s Commencement Date: 1875 or 1878?

True Facts About Napier’s Commencement Date 1875 or 1878? Since the 1930s, The Napier Co. had maintained the company commenced in 1875. However, for over 50 years (prior to the ’30s), the company documented and advertised its commencement date as 1878. After years of “corporate genealogical” research, documents do not support the 1875 commencement date […]

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