This napkin ring was very high quality and is in excellent condition. The center front of the ring has a large somewhat shield shaped bulge for presentation. Framing the bulge and thru out the ring are patterns of small ruffles, deep curlicues, scrolling leaves and tiny bouquets of blooming flowers. On each side of the bulge and it's patterned frame are two chubby nude cherubs. The left cherub is sitting and playing a set of drums while the right cherub is reaching for a bouquet while crawling. The recessed background behind all of the patterns is minute raised irregular bumps to give the illusion of repousse work. A lot of design work went into making the die for this ring!
The sterling is in excellent plus condition with no rips, cracks, holes, dents, deep scratches/abrasions or repairs. All of the patterns are extremely crisp with well defined curves, deep original pattern indentations and fine accent lines. The cherubs facial features, hands, toes, belly button and even dimples in their chubby knees and elbows are there for you to see. There appears to be just a hint of loss to fine accents/curves on a few hi points-cherub's hair, some leaves and a few bulb ends on curlicues. There is no presentation but I can't decide if there has never been any or if it was professionally removed. The top of the bulge is shinier and I can't tell if it is from cleaning or buffing. I found one flea bite on a rim that is either from a silver test rub or a bit of uneven surface in the die. The ring is nicely in round being just an approx. 1/32" off.
The hallmarks are on the front of the ring on the bottom rim. They are: Makers mark; Queen Victoria Duty/Tax mark used 1838-1890; Anchor for Birmingham; letter P for 1889 date and the Lion for sterling. The ring measures 1 11/16" in dia. and is 2" tall.
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