The first factor that stands out is that they are made of solid sterling silver...
This example of his work is a 1 3/4" diameter, 1" high, weighty at just over 1.0 T. oz., napkin ring...
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.
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...
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 is model number "H171," and so marked on one grip, along with the word "Sterling," and the Gorham lion, anchor, G. The finger grip on the arch is engraved with an Old English "A" monogram.
The condition is flawless. There are no bends, nicks, or damage and the finish is appealing...