Outstanding Victorian quadruple silverplate figural Napkin Ring by the Middletown Plate Co. features figural eagles on each side of the napkin ring, with wheat and stylized floral design on the napkin ring barrel. Engraved in script with the initials E. G. Excellent condition! No silverplate wear or loss noted.
Victorian silver plated (electroplated) napkin rings were at one time a standard accessory at the well-appointed dining table, used for both special occasions and everyday meals.
Napkin rings as we know them came into vogue in the Victorian period. The idea of a napkin ring is first mentioned in print in an 1838 magazine devoted to needlework. The first patent for napkin rings was issued in 1869. The 1867 Meriden Brittania Company catalog featured fifteen designs for napkin rings.
True Victorian figural napkin rings were manufactured between the 1870's and the late 1890's and largely disappeared by the turn of the twentieth century. Today, these authentic napkin rings are priced according to their rarity and quality.
Near mint condition, this antique Victorian quadruple silver plate figural napkin ring measures 3.5" in length, stands nearly 2" tall and is nearly 1.75" in width. Touchmarked on the bottom with MIDDLETOWN PLATE, the Middletown Plate logo of the scales, QUADRUPLE PLATE, the pattern number 74 and engraved on the top in script with the initials E. and G.
A1787 - Victorian MIDDLETOWN PLATE Quadruple Silverplate Figural Napkin Ring