Kerr Large Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Napkin Ring
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Standing 1 3/4" tall, 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighing .9 T. oz., this napkin ring is model 1387 made by William B. Kerr of Newark, New Jersey. The referenced number appears on the inside wall, along with the company emblem which is only partially visible, and the word "Sterling."
The design is an Art Nouveau motif, a style for which Kerr was well known. It features leaves, tendrils, and buds surrounding three concave panels, one of which is inscribed "FHC" in a fancy script. This is quite detailed and imposed upon a textured background. The main body has a satin, i.e. butler's, finish, with an overall grey hue to the silver.
The condition is excellent. The piece remains round and free of dents or splits. There is a slight vertical imprint on the panel with the monogram and one pinprick dimple in another spot, otherwise there are no signs of wear.