The head jewelry designer of The E. A. Bliss Co. traveled rather frequently to Paris in the late 19th and early 20th century. These trips were long and sometimes challenging trip for those who were not suited for the rolling seas and the salty air.
Mr. William Rettenmeyer made those jewelry-seeking trips, often in the company of Egerton Ames Bliss. In 1906, one of these trips was documented. In time, we will chronicle this adventure, and the industry to share first-hand all in a day’s work for one American Designer from Meriden, CT.
On his first day traveling from Paris to Germany Mr. Rettenmeyer writes:
“Igney Avricourt, June 19, 1906, Monday. First experience of the French way of sleeping on train like sleeping on a board with a pillow thrown in, not much comfort.”
Napier banks are a fun collectible which can bring back childhood memories of chores, saving money, and walks to the local Five and Dime store to buy a bag full of penny candy. The Napier pig bank became an iconic representation of the Napier bank collection Napier stopped manufacturing giftware and went on to focus almost exclusively on jewelry.
On January 5, 1976, all giftware manufacturing was discontinued and by January 1980, the last of the remaining giftware stock had been sold out.
Although the company had manufactured giftware and novelty items since its beginning as The E. A. Bliss Co., the company’s legacy of being one of the best in the giftware industry spanned over fifty years from the early days of the prohibition to the end of the 1980s.
Here is an adorable Kitty Kat bank given to me by my friend Elizabeth.