The Napier Co. roots go back to the Bliss family whose founder, Egerton Ames Bliss, from the time he was sixteen worked in the jewelry business. The Bliss family, decedents of Egerton Ames Bliss, originally came to America from England to avoid persecution from the King. He is a direct decedent of one of eighty men who made the North Purchase.

Egerton A Bliss learned the trade from his uncle Eliakim Rice.