Chased and Engraved 19th Century Sterling Napkin Ring
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Marked "S" and with the model number "520," this 1 3/4" diameter, 15/16" high, relatively solid weight at nearly 1.0 T. oz., sterling napkin ring may have been made by New York's Wood & Hughes who is thought to have used this marking convention.
Dating about 1875 or so, it shows sophisticated decoration. The heavy rimmed edges are bordered by knurled bands that are nearly 1/8" wide.
There is a fancy, feathered script "JWP" in a central reserve. Either side of the reserve has raised, hand chased, roses and leaves on trailing stems. The background of this area is subtly stippled, again by hand, and bordered by wriggle work detail.
It is in very fine condition. The piece remains round and without dents or bends. The chasing and engraving are clear and well-defined. The finish has a warm patina, showing only light surface scratches consistent with age.