This is a lovely matching pair of antique Victorian / Edwardian napkin rings.
They are made from an early plastic material - which I think is celluloid - as it is rather more fragile in nature and slightly translucent. It also pre-dates the creation of bakelite in the 1920s / 30s.
They are now a nice creamy ivory colour - which has occured with age as the celluloid naturally goes darker moving away from its original white tones over a long period of time.
These little napkin rings are getting harder to find items now.
Dimensions: 1 3/4 inches (4.5 cm) and height is 1 3/8 inches (3.5 cm).
Please note - this is a synthetic product and not made from any animal parts etc.
This is a matching pair - with the application of a little solid silver letter R on each.
The letter is certainly very decorative with a cute little bow tied around the letter form.
The letter is not glued onto the ring - but carefully pinned on as can be seen in my photographs. Unusual to find all the delicate little pins all still in place.
The silver letters are not hallmarked as they are so fine - and it was not a requirement to hallmark such small items at the end of the 19th century. The silver letter is quite dark - and could easily be polished up - but at present it is left with its natural patina of age.
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