This pair of napkin rings is unlike any I have ever seen. Engraved on both rings is a family crest and the family motto (in Latin). The napkin rings are lovely and heavy and would be very desirable anyway; the crest and motto make them that much more special. Both have the standard English sterling hallmarks. They were made in Sheffield in 1904. The maker's mark is M&W, which is the mark of the famous firm of Mappin and Webb. The height of each is 1.75 inches, and the diameter of the opening is 2 inches, so these are quite large. The pair together weighs 4.2 ounces, very heavy for napkin rings. The crest is a crane with an arrow in its mouth. The motto is "Ferendo et Feriendo." By going to a heraldry web site I learned that this is the motto for the Harrison family, and the translation is "By bearing and striking." The napkin rings are very shiny and difficult to photograph. Any darkness at the bottom of a ring is due to light anomalies. The rings are in beautiful condition and make a distinctive pair. How often do you find a family crest on a napkin ring?
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