Mixed metals napkin rings by Gorham are difficult to find. This one with its copper figures and hand hammered sterling background features some unusual elements. There is an artist, an elephant, a larger than life insect, a shrub bent by the wind, and a mixed ground cover - some in copper and some in silver. The presence of the elephant suggests Asia as the location of the scene. The napkin ring is from the Aesthetic Period, 1870-1890. We see elements from this period: natural elements (animals, insects, and plants), and a Far East influence. In fact, because Gorham marked many of its pieces with date letters, in this case "O" we know that the napkin ring was made in 1882. The marks on the interior include the old Gorham marks (lion, anchor, G), the word sterling, the pattern number 675 as well as the date letter. This is a stunning napkin ring. You will not see another. The diameter opening is 1.75 inches and the width is 1.75 inches. It is quite heavy at 52.5 grams (1.85 ounces).