From our family to yours, we wish you the happiest of holidays. May you enjoy this card, courtesy of a special friend–The E. A. Bliss Co. 1912. We have books in ready-to-wrap boxes available for immediate shipping! Treat yourself to this treasure trove of information.from The Napier Book https://ift.tt/3cnbS9h
The E. A. Bliss Co. (Napier’s predecessor) was known as a leader in hair combs. In 1901, The E. A. Bliss Co. recognized a growing fashion emphasis on hair and began to manufacture shell and celluloid combs. In 1902, the company patented a technique for setting rhinestones in celluloid. By 1903 the company was in full production and housed an entire comb department staffed with 50 men. Bliss’s designers traveled to Europe for design inspiration as part of its strategy to be at the forefront of design in the American market. The company, for nearly two decades, manufactured various styles of hair adornment. In 1920, the company registered the BLISS (in a shield) trademark to include celluloid, carved, or decorated combs. Although no ads have been seen post-1920, it can be hypothesized that there is a potential to discover information associated with hair comb manufacturing dating to the 1920s—including that under the Napier trade name.
In 1956, the Fontana Sisters of Rome selected this piece to complement a gown featured during their Italian fashion show. The Napier Co. also custom made additional pieces for event that did not become part of the Napier line. The iridescent crystals (Napier’s preferred terminology) are as brilliant today as they were 75 years ago.