Victorian silver figural napkin rings, circa 1880 -1900, are beautiful and fun to collect. These silver plated works of art are whimsical as well as practical. During the Victorian era, they were a show of status, as well as being functional. Each member of the family, or guest, would have their own figural napkin ring, usually representing their passions or hobbies.
This wonderful figural napkin ring has the figure of an Eskimo dressed in seal skin hooded coat, pants and mittens. He is holding a spear and is standing on an ice berg in hunt of game. The ring is engraved with delicate flowers and leaves against a faintly ribbed background. The plain raised circular base of this creation measures 2 3/4" across. The base is stamped "Meridan Silver Plate Co. - 220". There are no damaged or missing components; the base has several minor dents along the bottom edge. The silver plate is in good condition. Nice figural napkin ring.
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