James W. Tufts standing Victorian, Greek barrel man napkin ring, he is displaying his craft carrying his barrel; the piece is magnificently detailed, down to the individual strands used to make up his work rope, form the folds of his clothing and realistically depict his face and his hands holding the barrel. It stands a large 4 5/8 inches tall, 2 3/4 inches wide and is 2 1/2 inch in diameter at the base. It's original and is lightly hand polished. We had had it for quite some time and previously examined it under magnification, so when we bumped magnification up for our final inspections, we were quite surprised to find 'Emma' appearing softly among the foliage of the top of the barrel. Yes, a monogram, almost as if intentional hidden there and most likely it was too! The Victorians loved surprises of this kind! Being of the age to have had them for Grand Parents, I still remember first hand, all the "gotchas"! It is not easily seen. The napkin ring of this Greek barrel man is a very common form. ( L2603)
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