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 adorable figural napkin ring has the sculptured figure of a baby chick attached on the side. The ring is engraved with a floral motif on the top and "Elizabeth 1910" on the underside. The piece measures 1 3/4" in height, 2 3/8" in length and 1" in width and is faintly stamped "Van Bergh S.P. Co. - Rochester N.Y. - 64" The Van Bergh Silver Plate Company was founded in 1892 by Fredrick W. and Maurice H. Van Bergh. They were brothers. In 1925 they incorporated as the Van Bergh Silver Plate Company Inc. In 1926 they were absorbed by Oneida Community Limited and moved from Rochester to Oneida New York. No condition issues with darkened aged patina.