Napier Shell Earrings 1950s

These are very rare silver plated vintage clip-on earrings by the renowned American costume jeweller,  Napier.  They are in excellent condition especially considering they were made in the early 1950s.  The various charms take the shapes of clam and oyster shells and make a satisfying jangling sound when worn.

Stamped 'NAPIER PAT. PEND' on the clip arms and 'NAPIER' on the clip hinge.  I have seen these listed from time to time as being from the 1960s however the Pat. Pend would indicate that they're from before 1955.  A gold plated version of the same earrings are shown in Miller's 'Costume Jewellery' book and are noted as being from the 1950s. 

The clips are still secure and ready to be used!


Era 1950s
Size 5.5cm long
Condition Excellent
Delivery UK Standard Delivery: £2.95, International Delivery: £12.95. All items are sent tracked and insured.
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Napier was an American jewellery company which actually started life making silverware.  In the 20s they began to create costume jewellery.  Their jewellery pieces were stamped with NAPIER in block letters until 1980.

How do you rate the condition of a piece?

Excellent - No visible flaws to note but items may exhibit some signs of age related wear
Very Good - Some visible flaws which aren't considered to impair the wearability of the piece
Good - Some more notable flaws but the piece is still in collectible condition

All items are vintage and have lived a previous life, therefore signs of age related wear are to be expected. I do my best to bring attention to any faults in the description and by using the condition scale.

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We aim to send packages out the following business day after an order is received. All items will be carefully wrapped in a Gadelles box, finished with a ribbon and placed in a discreet bubble lined envelope, or small parcel box if the order contains multiple items.

UK Mainland Delivery - £2.95 Packages will be sent, insured, via Royal Mail's Tracked 48h service

International Delivery - £12.95 Packages will be sent, insured, via Royal Mail's Tracked International service.
This service is stated to take 3 - 5 business days for delivery to Europe and 6 - 7 business days for delivery to other destinations, however, customs processing time at the destination country is additional to the Royal Mail's estimate.
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Your piece of jewellery will be wrapped in our Gadelles material, tied with a ribbon and placed in a Gadelles kraft box.
If the item that you've purchased comes with its own original packaging then your item will be sent in that box, wrapped in kraft paper and tied with a ribbon.

Very fragile items will be protected with extra bubble wrap.

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