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Pair Antique Coin Silver & Enamel Napkin Rings Dated Dec. 25, 1865, Original Box
This stunning pair of American coin silver napkin rings is dated Dec. 25, 1865, the first Christmas after the end of the Civil War. In fact, both rings have the names of their owners. This decade was a period of transition in the country concerning standards for silver. The sterling standard (92.5%) had been in effect in England for a long time but was only occasionally used in the U.S. More common was "coin silver," so called because melted coins were often used to make the silver item. Thus silver content could vary but it was usually around 90%, practically the same as sterling. These napkin rings have a wonderful dark blue enamel B inside an elaborate cartouche and the effect is striking indeed. Each ring is 2 inches long and 1.75 inches across at the widest point. One has the name Ned and the other the name Jennie. They are both in outstanding condition. They still have their original box. The top and bottom are not joined though they were at one time. The original hook on the front which latches the two together is still present and still works. This is an exquisite pair of napkin rings coming from an historic time in our country.
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