This is one of those English gadgets that began in the Victorian Era as a result of the Industrial Revolution and an affluent middle class. It is a napkin holder in which the napkin is snapped on to the clasp and then the other part is snapped on to a man's belt. In this way, the man's napkin rests safely on his lap without falling to the floor . Actually, when you think about it, it could be used today but I wonder if our paper napkins would hold up ? The napkin ring features the head of Edward VII in a brass coin design with the words Edward VII crowned 1902. Edward VII was the son of Queen Victoria and assumed the throne upon her death. I wonder if this would have been sold as a coronation souvenir. The size of this napkin holder is 1 1/2" from top of "coin" to bottom and 1/2" across. I tried to show in the photos how the napkin holder functions.
Item ID: MSC-0647
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