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Sterling Holloware: Napkin Rings

Antique Silver Napkin Rings

Most people know that napkin rings are cylindrical-shaped items whose purpose is to neatly hold a napkin on a table. The original design was strictly for hygiene. Washing the cloth napkins after each use simply wasn’t done, so the napkin ring designated whose napkin was whose. Sterling silver napkin rings gained popularity among the European elite as early as the early 1800s. The increased wealth of the middle class meant they could now afford luxury items like sterling silver napkin rings. They made their way over to America as early as 1865. Take a gander around our New York City store, or visit us online to view our collection of antique silver napkin rings.

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BI579

Pair of Victorian sterling silver napkin rings. Made by Martin, Hall in Sheffield in 1888-90. Each: hexagon engraved with garlands and leafy borders. Traditional ornament applied to modern form. In leather-bound case with silk lining and fitted velvet. Fully marked including 1888 and 1890 date letters. Case has gilt retailer's stamp for Boodle & Dunthorne in Liverpool. Very good condition.

Dimensions: Each napkin ring. H 1 1/4 x W 1 7/8 x D 1 3/4 in. Case: H 2 3/8 x W 5 1/2 x D 3 in. #BI579

Sale Price: $521.50
Listed Price $745.00
BI614

Set of 6 George V sterling silver napkin rings. Made by Ebenezer Newman in London in 1913. Each: Engine turned wave ornament and heraldic cartouche (vacant). Snazzy prewar Art Deco. In leather-bound case with silk lining and fitted velvet. Fully marked. Very good condition.

Dimensions: Each napkin ring: H 1 3/8 x D 2 in. Case: H 2 1/4 x W 5 1/4 x D 4 1/2 in. Total weight (silver only): 5 troy ounces. #BI614

Sale Price: $1,116.50
Listed Price $1,595.00
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