The Napier Co. was not only known for its stylish and sophisticated designs, but it was also known for its whimsical figurals or as the company called them, “conversation pieces.” In the mid to early 1960s, Napier presented a conversation pin line called, “The Mother-Daughter” series. These pins came in two sizes so both mother and daughter could have matching adornment.
Here’s one example of the collection.
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 be found both cast and stone-set– with the former embellished with pearls or rhinestones, or like the above heavily plated gold example in the photo from the 1990s.
While age might be a factor with most vintage jewelry collectibles, this seems not to be the case with Napier’s holiday pins. Perhaps due to the fact that there were made in limited numbers, pins from the 1950s through the 1990s are of great interest. Prices range from $35.00 to $100.00. Sets can go for even higher prices.
Napier’s most renown 1950s rhinestone Christmas tree holiday pin, measuring about 1 ¾” in height, consistently fetches online auction prices around $80.00.