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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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Gorham Japonesque Mixed Metal Hand Hammered Napkin Ring 1882

Japonesque mixed metal napkin ring. Made by Gorham in Providence in 1882. Hand-hammered sterling silver ring applied with cooper ornament: A man in pointy hat is seated on the ground, smoking while a small dog approaches from behind, interrupting the opium-induced serenity. Above is a darting butterfly. Engraved name “Edward Hegeler”. Hegeler (1835-1910) was a German-born American industrialist and publisher. Fully marked including maker’s stamp, no. 675, and date letter. Very good... Click for details

Sale Price: $556.50
Listed Price $795.00
Set of 3 English Art Deco Sterling Silver Napkin Rings

Set of 3 George VI sterling silver napkin rings. Made by Turner & Simpson Ltd in Birmingham in 1939. Hexagonal with allover engine-turned ornament in thin plain frames. Letter block monogram on lined ground. Each has a different letter: F, G, and L. Fully marked. Very good condition with deep patina.

Dimensions: H 1 3/8 x W 1 7/8 x D 1 5/8 in. Total weight: 4.3 troy ounces. #BY221

Sale Price: $346.50
Listed Price $495.00