Vintage set of four (4) Pewter Napkin Rings with center cartouche (no monogram) and twisted edge detail. (c. 1970s) Excellent condition with no damage to note. Each measures 2" in diameter (1-1/2" center opening diameter), 1-5/8" tall and weigh a substantial 2.1 ounce each.
Each pewter napkin ring has a soft, silver color. The center cartouche has never been monogrammed, but for an elegant and personalized touch, you could easily and inexpensively have your initial (or initials) or family crest engraved by your local jeweler. No makers mark.
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.
A napkin ring usually had a monogram of a name or initials of a household member engraved on it so that the napkin in it could be reserved for that particular diner, and reused from meal to meal. Now days, many fine households have their family initial or name engraved on their fine silver.
A2746 - Vintage Set of Four (4) PEWTER NAPKIN RINGS Center Cartouche