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Fine Set 4 French Louis XVI Style Silver Plate Gilt Cherub Mounted Napkin Rings
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- Fine Set 4 Beautiful Handmade Matching In The Louis XVI Style Silver Plate Gilt Mounted Cherub Oval Napkin Rings.
- Finest quality each having an unusual most beautiful gilt mounted cherub attached.
- Stunning gilt work detail on the cherubs.
- A most stylish collectors item.
- Made from silver plate with gilt finish.
- Ideal to show off at your dinner party with family, friends & guests.
- Vintage circa late 20th century 1970's.
- Combined unwrapped weight of the 4 is about 150 grams approx.
- No hallmark & no makers mark.
- Napkin rings are cylindrical items designed to hold a table napkin or serviette neatly on a dining table.
- The original purpose of the napkin ring was for hygiene.
- Cloth napkins were not washed every day, thus society needed a way to designate particular napkins to individual users.
- Singular napkin rings were often engraved with numbers to ensure that each person received their own napkin each mealtime.
- Etiquette ensured that guests would never be presented with a napkin ring, as this would imply that they were using an unclean, previously used napkin.
- Silver napkin rings began to rise in popularity among the European bourgeoisie from as early as 1800.
- The increased wealth of the middle class increased the use of such pieces throughout Europe and the Western world.
- References to silver napkin rings in American households can be found dating back to 1865.
- Silver napkin rings were typically sold in sets of four or six.
- As well as being practical, they were also utilised as table decorations.
- Napkin rings could feature many intricate designs, from stylised engraving to heavy chasing, or applied castings.
- Family monograms were also not uncommon.
- Common materials for napkin rings included silver and silver plate.
- Napkin rings are known to be traditional christening gifts.
- In some cultures they have earned the moniker ‘christening bangle’.
- The tradition of gifting napkin rings as christening and wedding presents began in the 19th century.
- This practice continues today, perhaps due to the personal nature of such a gift.
- Condition report.
- Having some minor imperfections with being handmade.
- Offered in fine used condition.
- With some minor noticeable scuffs, scratches surface & stain marks commensurate with usage & age.
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Dimensions in inches & centimetres each
1" High (2.5cm)
2" Length (5cm)
1" Wide (2.5cm)