This American figural napkin ring from the late nineteenth century celebrates croquet. This sport was popular in the late Victorian period. The lovely ring is bounded by four croquet mallets which come together at the top among floral decoration. The shape of the ring is in the shape of a wicket and the decorations on the two closed sides have wickets. The base has balled feet. This is a beautifully conceived napkin ring and one which is difficult to find. It was made by the Derby Silver Company and bears their mark and the number 302. The napkin ring is pictured and discussed on page 290 of the book Figural Napkin Rings by Gottschalk and Whitson.