Pair Cased Sterling Silver Napkin Rings, Walker & Hall, Sheffield 1897 Antique
Pair of English antique sterling silver napkin rings in original fitted case, hallmarked from Sheffield in 1897 with the makers mark being that of Walker & Hall. Cartouche on each has been engraved with initials.
Case is complete but has external scuffing.
Both napkin rings in excellent order, they measure 47x37mm and 25mm in depth.
|MAKER or SPONSOR MARK
|Walker & Hall
Napkin rings were first introduced in France during the Napoleonic period. Subsequently, the middle classes mostly used napkin rings as a simple means of identifying who owned which napkin.
Firstly, napkin rings often appear as single items with the name or initials of the owner. They can therefore be given as Christening presents. In a similar vein, pairs of napkin rings can be given as wedding presents and at silver weddings.
The use of napkin rings soon spread to most of the European countries and to America. Meanwhile many 19th century napkin rings were made of silver or silver plate, but others were made in bone, wood, pearl, embroidered material, porcelain etc.
Moreover, the napkin ring is a practical object with its historical roots in France. The napkin ring identified one’s napkin in between washes!