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Sterling Silver Napkin Rings, Pair, Antique, CRESTED, Roberts & Belk 1880

Product SKU: 585E

Pair of English antique sterling silver napkin rings by Roberts & Belk, hallmarked from Sheffield in 1880.

Glorious crisp decoration to each, each engraved with a family crest to one cartouche and a monogram to the other one engraved with number 5 to the inside and number 6 to the inside of the other.

Family crest has not been researched.

Both in excellent order with each measuring 44mm in diameter and 25mm in depth.

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Sterling Silver Napkin Rings

Pair of English antique sterling silver napkin rings by Roberts & Belk, hallmarked from Sheffield in 1880. Glorious crisp decoration to each, each engraved with a family crest to one cartouche and a monogram to the other one engraved with number 5 to the inside and number 6 to the inside of the other. Family crest has not been researched. Both in excellent order with each measuring 44mm in diameter and 25mm in depth.
DATE1880
MAKER or SPONSOR MARKRoberts & Belk
ASSAY OFFICESheffield
WEIGHT (Grammes)54
WEIGHT (Troy)1.73
REF:-585E
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 which can be given as Christening presents. Likewise, 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

Roberts & Belk

REF CODE

585E

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