Gorham "Clematis" Sterling Napkin Ring
This napkin ring was made by Gorham in 1896 according to the date emblem stamped on it. Other marks are lion, anchor, G and Sterling, and the model number 1915. The piece appears for the first time in Gorham's 1896 catalog, so this was apparently the initial year of issue. It stands 1 1/4" high and is 1 5/8" in diameter, and is heavy weight at 1.5 T. oz. The sidewalls are slightly bowed and have an acid etched designed that seems to replicate Gorham Clematis flatware pattern, which is also acid etched. There is an "M.C.B." script monogram. The condition is outstanding. It remains fully round and there are no dents, dings, or burrs. The finish is pleasing and the design is absent polishing wear.