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, as well as unique, figural napkin ring has the figure of an Egyptian Sphinx sitting a sculptured leaf base with stem handle holding the ring. The ring is un-decorated on the exterior, but has an intricate engraved interior design of diamonds and triangles containing gorgeous floral and foliage motifs. The ring measures 2 1/4" in height, 3" in length and 1 3/4" in width; there are no identifying marks as to the manufacturer. There are no condition issues, nice darkened aged patina.