Victorian James W. Tufts napkin ring of a squirrel eating an acorn with oak leaves is in excellent condition with a burnished silver plate finish (the finish shows up darker in the photos than in real life) is available for your appreciation and purchase. It measures 2 5/8 inches tall by 2 inches wide with an opening slightly smaller and is 1 7/8 inches long. It also appears on page 33 of the Victorian era "Catalogue Supplement, 1897, Fine Plated Table Ware, James W. Tufts, Boston", this catalogue is available online. On that page many rings / holders, along with other objects were shown and listed in a variety of era typical finishes; with the era's beautiful burnished silver plated finish, any small defects would be virtually undetectable, a beautiful and popular finish I would think. If you look at the photos shown it is the first item in the second row on pg 33, noticing the oak branches; when the holder is setting without a napkin in the holder, it will rock slightly and the oak branches steady it, with a napkin is in place, no rocking occurs. I've read reviews on this and similar holder's and this seems to be a common trait or feature. This is a very fine example of a Victorian napkin holder, as well as, James W. Tufts' work and a wonderful era silver plate collectable. (L1163)
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