The first factor that stands out is that they are made of solid sterling silver...
English in origin, some makers specialized in this form, and that is the case with this example made by John Bettridge of Birmingham in 1820...
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This piece is illustrated in a 1900 company catalog (see enlargement 3) and is shown mounted on a separate silver base. This is free standing...
It has a flat surface, with slightly beveled edges, and rounded ends that taper from 1 1/4" across at the wide end to 1/2" at the narrow end.
Otherwise plain, it has a flourishing, Art Nouveau style "JA" monogram." The style of this suggests a date circa 1900...
This example of his work is a 1 3/4" diameter, 1" high, weighty at just over 1.0 T. oz., napkin ring...
Other marks include the company name and "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "60."
While fitting in the "mid century modern" period, and having the clean lines of that category, it is more truly Chippendale in style. It has a repeating rib design that appears beaded on the rim...
A large version, this measures 10" long and is 4 1/4" wide at the end of the brush portion. It weighs almost 6.0 T. oz. total, but it is impossible to know what portion of this is silver and what otherwise...
Made by the Webster Company, it is stamped with the firm "WC and arrow" emblem as well as "Sterling" on the interior.
The applied edges are raised and have lined detailing. The band itself is engraved in a leaf and floral design, with the name "John" inscribed in script in the reserve area.
The condition is excellent...
It was made by Frank Smith, whose "lion and S" emblem is stamped on the inside lower rim, along with the word "Sterling."
It is entirely plain, and without a monogram or inscription, or removal of same.
In choice estate condition, it remains perfectly round and is free of bends, nicks, or blemishes. The finish is bright, with a rich patina.
Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem is stamped on the inside, it is model number "673" which is also imprinted on the interior, along with the word "Sterling."
Dating circa 1880, it is Aesthetic or Eastlake in style, engraved in a pattern that is part foliate and part stylized.
It has a fancy, feathered script, "HMR" monogram...