This is a handsome early American coin silver napkin ring with stylized leaf and trefoil designs. It is circa 1870--Civil War era. The sterling standard was not firmly in place in this country until well into the 1880's. Coin silver, from melted coins, before mined silver was readily available in the United States, is at least 90% silver--the same silver content as the silver coins of the period. What makes this napkin ring unusual, of course, is the shape. The opening for the napkin is about 2.25 inches. The dimension the other direction is 1.75 inches. It weighs 1.5 ounces-- much more than one might expect, since a typical sterling napkin ring weighs less than an ounce. At more than 50% above the average weight of a napkin ring, this ring has a nice heft to it. The bell-shaped cartouche has a monogram. This is quite an unusual napkin ring.