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, circa early 1870's, has the figure of a bird perched on the top of the ring with a dog sitting on his hind legs with one front paw gently touching the ring while he intently studies the intruder. The ring is engraved with the image of a man blowing his horn while seated under some overhead foliage. The napkin ring measures 3 1/8" in length, 1 1/2" in width and 2 1/4" in height. The base is stamped "Warranted Triple Plate - Aurora S.P. Mfg. Co - 27", the mark used 1869-1875. In 1869, the Aurora Silver Plate Manufacturing Company (formerly the Chicago Silver Plate company) made it's home in Aurora. For the next 50 years, until 1919, the company manufactured silver-plated goods that was sold all over the country. There are no damaged or missing components with wonderful original darkened patina. Lovely figural napkin ring.