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Victorian Silverplate NAPKIN RING Applied Figural Leaf & Hand Tooled Engraving
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Victorian silverplate Napkin Ring with four (two on each side) applied figural leaves and hand-tooled engraving on a butler's (satin) finish.  Excellent condition with no dings, dents or silver wear or loss.  (c. late 1800's)

The bright-cut engraving on the front of this Victorian silver napkin ring is representative of leaves.  There are four applied extremely detailed silver leaves on this napkin ring, two on each side.  Absolutely no damage to the leaves.  High polished silver finish on the inside with no silver wear or loss to note.   The leaves have a high polished bright silver finish.

By the 1890's, every member of a family had his own napkin ring made of either sterling or plated silver.  These were almost always identified with an initial or monogram, usually placed within a garland, scroll or cartouche.  If the napkin ring had been a gift on a birthday or some other special occasion, the date was often added, usually in script lettering. 

The Victorian silver plated (electroplated) napkin ring was 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.

This Victorian silverplate napkin ring with applied figural leaves measures nearly 1.5" tall, 1.75" in diameter (2-1/8" in diameter with the leaves), weighs 2.2 ounces and is unmarked as to maker.

A2420 - Victorian Silverplate NAPKIN RING Applied Figural Leaf & Hand Tooled Engraving
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