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Sterling Silver Napkin Ring, Antique, James Dixon & Sons Ltd, Hallmarked Sheffield 1880
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Sterling Silver Napkin Ring, Antique, James Dixon & Sons Ltd, Hallmarked Sheffield 1880

English antique sterling silver napkin ring with extensive detailing, one cartouche engraved with the number 1 and the other has not been engraved.

Hallmarked from Sheffield in 1880 with the makers mark being that of James Dixon & Sons Ltd.

Excellent order and measures 42mm in diameter and 25mm in depth.

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Description

Sterling Silver Napkin Ring

English antique sterling silver napkin ring with extensive detailing, one cartouche engraved with the number 1 and the other has not been engraved.

Hallmarked from Sheffield in 1880 with the makers mark being that of James Dixon & Sons Ltd.

Excellent order and measures 42mm in diameter and 25mm in depth.

DATE 1880
MAKER or SPONSOR MARK James Dixon & Sons Ltd
ASSAY OFFICE Sheffield
WEIGHT (Grammes) 33
WEIGHT (Troy) 1.06
REF:- 627J

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.  These can 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!

Additional information

Origin

English

Period

Victoria 1837-1901

Sponsor/Maker

James Dixon & Sons Ltd

REF CODE

627J