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Antique Equestrian Russian Silver Napkin Ring with Hunt Theme
This wonderful sterling napkin ring features a large, wonderfully sculpted horse's head surrounded by a horseshoe. To carry out the hunt theme, there is a riding crop and horn. The napkin ring was made in Russia and bears Russian marks shown in the last picture. One mark is the "84" Russian silver fineness mark and the city symbol for Moscow. There are several silver marks that were used. The 84 mark denotes 87.5% silver, which is the equivalent of sterling in the West (though slightly under the 92.5% we are used to). The other mark in the picture is the maker's mark. This is a large ring. The diameter opening is over 1.75 inches and the distance from top to bottom of the horse is 2.25 inches. The napkin ring weighs 2 ounces on a postal scale, about twice the weight of an ordinary sterling ring. This is a very rare napkin ring with an outstanding equestrian motif.