Beautiful Victorian era quadruple silver plate napkin ring with hand-tooled engraving and the initials "G.H.C." engraved on the cartouche. Dark silverplate patina both inside and out. Very good condition with only a small bump on the bottom edge. Measures 1-1/2" tall, 1-3/4" in diameter and weighs 1.2 ounces. As are so many silverplated napkin rings from this era, it is unmarked as to maker.
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.
A952 - Victorian Quadruple Silver Plate Engraved Napkin Ring G.H.C.