Welcome to the The Napkin Ring Site.
Hopefully this site will prove useful to collectors and others with an interest in silver and napkin rings.
Exhibits is a changing display of a smal number of collectable napkin rings with photos, data and collector's comments. Please send some of your own if you like. A click on the photo leads you to the detail pages.
On view. For the moment this section is dedicated to an exhibition of 700 silver napkin rings in a museum just north of Copenhagen, Denmark - and to the catalogue which is the first book entirely dedicated to the ordinary napkin ring.
Identifying silver will develop along the following four routes:
- Links to internet directories of silver marks
- Experience with marks and inscriptions on napkin rings
- Sizes, shapes, borders etc., characteristic of napkin rings from specific combinations of period, country and maker.
- A help line for identification of interesting unmarked or partly marked silver napkin rings.
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The ideal silver collectible
Napkin rings in silver are the ideal collectible
Considering the enormous - and often experimental - production of napkin rings, the numbers found in museums are surprisingly small. In 1966 London’s Goldsmiths' Hall exhibited about 250 napkin rings in silver; half of them were antique the other half were new creations by leading English silversmiths. In a book titled "Treasures of the 20'th century" the curator of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths writes about that exhibition: " The extrordinary success of this exhibition revealed that these small domestic items are cherished beyond all proportion to their size and cost and are an ideal medium for people to collect the work of modern designers." The Danish "Rudersdal museum" have a tradition for displaying private collections of small-silver.In 1995 it was napkin rings. Later themes have included posy holders, vinaigrettes, visiting card cases and egg cups. October 2009-February 2010 napkin rings are again the theme (see "On view "section).Daily sales at internet auctions of 50-100 old silver napkin rings and a matching number for sale in internet shops are signs of a growing interest in this charming item likely to become the last real small silver collectible.
- The shape is classic and pleasant.
- Napkin rings display all the techniques of the silversmith and all the varieties in style and design of the period 1850-1950 that changed silverwork from classic craft to modern design.
They can be displayed round the table at dinner parties
They are produced in numbers second only to cutlery.
They are still affordable and easy to find