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English Hallmarked Blue Willow Sterling Napkin Ring, 1893
When "blue willow" is mentioned, what usually comes to mind is a particular blue and white Oriental pattern popular on porcelain in England and later other countries. In fact the images of the design became so well known that the pattern was used on this sterling napkin ring made in 1893. It is square so that the images cane be pictures more accurately. Three sides are used for the blue willow pattern and one side is reserved for the cartouche. This is an English napkin ring and has the full set of hallmarks: the sterling mark, the mark for London, and the date letter S which is easily determined to be 1893 from a reference book. The cartouche has the date, "13th of Feby. 1895", a date which fits in well with the date of its origin. Above the date is the name, "Janie". The maker was George Fox; his mark "GF" is on the ring. Each side is one and one-half inches. The napkin ring is in beautiful condition.
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