Sunday, March 24th 2013 @ 4:37pm EDT
A very pretty Victorian silverplate figural napkin ring, marked Meriden #168 to the bottom , with a cylindrical ring atop a lily pad with the bloom wrapped around to form the handle. The top of the napkin ring is etched with a garland of flowers and has not been monogrammed. This napkin ring is pictured on page 203 of Gottschalk and Whitson’s book titled “Figural Napkin Rings”. These napkin rings were popular gifts in the late 1800’s, given for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, etc. They were a “must” for any well dressed table yet they were functional as well as fanciful, allowing each individual’s napkin to be used several times before being laundered (as most households did not have a hired laundress).
Very good condition if not excellent. The napkin ring may have been recently re-plated or it is a newer model as the silver is unworn and shiny
4.5" W x 2.5" H x " D