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Horse Drawn Silver Plated Figural Napkin Ring on Wheels. American, circa 1885

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  • Description
    Made by The Meriden Britannia Co. this napkin ring came in two versions; the adult size and the smaller child's size. The ring was manufactured by the well renowned Meriden Brittania Co. in Meriden, Connecticut, circa 1885. The company was formed in 1852 by Isaac Lewis, along with three other partners.
    The ring depicts a prancing horse pulling a ring, with a bird mounted upside down at the bottom of a wreath behind him which is attached to the ring. A floral design is etched into the ring itself. This is another in the long line of highly desirable animal themed silver plated Victorian napkin rings. The marking on this ring is apparent but not discernible; but the number "213" is evident underneath, indicating the child's version; the adult example was number 214.
    The condition is very good with almost all of the silver plate intact.
    Dimensions: 3 3/16" long x 1 3/4" wide x 2 3/4" high.

    Rings were used, not only for entertaining and special occasions, but also to identify each member of the family's napkin, since the laundry was not done daily and the napkins were reused. Victorian silver plated napkin rings are highly sought after, and collectors often like to use them at dinner parties, matching up rings with the personalities of their guests.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: United States, Connecticut
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Silver Plate
    Condition: Excellent.
    Creation Date: Circa 1885
    Styles / Movements: Americana, Traditional, Victorian
    Incollect Reference #: 281689
  • Dimensions
    W. 3.39 in; H. 2.75 in; D. 1.75 in;
    W. 8.61 cm; H. 6.99 cm; D. 4.45 cm;
Message from Seller:

We are specialists in the field of antique mechanical coin banks. These rare and unique items were sold during the late 1800's and early 1900's to encourage and educate young children on the importance of saving money, with the majority of them having been made in America. We are leading experts in this field and one of the foremost dealers, having traded in mechanical banks since 1976.

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