John O. Bellis "XIVth Century" Sterling Napkin Ring
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According to biographical material, John Owen Bellis was born in England and emigrated to San Francisco about 1893 where he established himself as a prominent silversmith. He worked for that city's Shreve & Co. until 1906, then on his own after that.
He is noted for his hand hammered pieces, much of which was fashioned in the manner of Shreve's "XIVth Century" pattern. This large, 1 15/16" diameter, 1 7/16" tall, heavy, 1.7 T. oz., napkin ring is an example of this parallel, and this piece is essentially not to be distinguished from Shreve's production. It has hammered strapwork on the upper and lower rims. Riveted, trefoil braces extend from the edges as if serving to attach the banding to the body.
It is without a monogram or inscription, or removal of the same.
The condition is flawless. It remains round, has no flat spots or dents. The finish is appealing.
Marks are "John O. Bellis" and "Sterling."