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This figural napkin ring has been dented quite badly but is extreme rare. Might be the only one I have seen in last 20 years.
It has a clown standing in front of the napkin ring on a rectangular base.
It is marked as made by Homan Silver Co. and numbered 1500.




2 x This figural napkin ring has baby is a cradle/cot.
In new mint condition.
It is usually found with bed posts broken off.
Marked James W Tufts 1620. MKH




This is a very impressive and quite large figural napkin ring which has a clown leaning backwards on his hands,
with the napkin holder sitting on his stomach.
The ring is very rare and quite well known to collectors.
It is made by WMF (Germany) who made figural as good as the American stuff and perhaps in mnay cases even better.
This is a fine example of that.



This is an absolutely rare figural napkin ring indeed, I have not seen it before, anywhere.
It has, what appears to be a Russian with a typical high Russian hat standing with hands in his pockets in front of a trianglular flared napkin ring.
It is marked Knickerbocker Silver Co. It is a bit hard to tell, but it may have a number underneath the sailor's foot. In nice original condition.


This figural napkin ring has what appears to be a sailor or pioneer waving his hat.
He is standing next to a barrel shaped ring on a pedestral on a rectangular base.
Marked Derby Silver Co. 344.
 






4 x This figural napkin ring has an arabic (perhaps Persian) man sitting next to the napkin holder.
Unmarked.
Guaranteed authentic.


There is also a Pairpoint ring with this Persian man (which I do not have) with the typical (rabbit and baseball player) base.
There is also a Persian man on that base as a toothpick holder. See my collection. 











This figural napkin ring has an Eskimo with a pole standing on a circular base. The napkin holder is behind the Eskimo and has a wide milling on both sides of the ring also engraved with flowers vines and leaves. It is marked Meriden Silver plate Co. 220.





A sailor with anchor, with bud vase on top of ring, Reed & Barton 1357





This FNR has the same sailor as in the ring above but without the bud vase.
Marked
Reed & Barton 1346








2 x This figural napkin ring has a European gentleman (probably French, or even an English ship's captain)
standing next to a beautifully designed figural napkin ring.
It is marked Derby Silver Co. 383. It is pictured in G&W page 280, plate 692.
The man would have been holding a cane walking stick (I have seen it elsewhere, even though it is even missing in the photo in G&W), which would have been easy to snap off and lose.
It is extremely rare.



The figure in this figural napkin ring seems to be an early 17th century soldier (because of the soft hat), perhaps an American or British (not sure, may even be French or Prussian). He is holding a long rifle with a gunpowder pouch behind him. he is very detailed. I cannot find much about this ring than that below. It is marked meriden B Company 24. It looks to be original. I have looked at it closely. Another ring like this appeared in 2001 I think, see below, but the napkin holder was part way up the side of the soldier. There are no marked on the back of my ring that suggest the napkin holder was ever there, plus the ring looks properly soldered to the base in my ring, and points the right way up with a monogram. THIS IS A SUPER SUPER rare figural napkin ring.







This figural napkin ring has a European gentleman (probably German or Dutch)
standing next to a beautifully designed figural napkin ring.
It is unmarked but I believe it is made by Wilcox Silver Plate,
as the same barrel with a stopper also appears in "miscellaneous" and is marked Wilcox (shown above as well).
This figural napkin ring is extreme rare.

I believe the man may have been holding a beer glass or stein.


This figural napkin ring is huge. It has van Winkle with his dog.
The man should be carrying a barrel,
so if you have a plain barrel ring you can fix this and have the Rolls Royce of figural napkin rings.
It is marked Simpson Hall Miller & Co. 30. It is regarded by many collectors as the best ring to has.
I also have one with the barrel. Marked Simpson Hall Miller & Co. 30. See below.











2 x This is a fabulous and very rare statuette made in honour of the antique American figural napkin ring c1887 of the so called Rip Van Winkle napkin ring.
The napkin ring is shown book by Gottschalk and Whitson's book "Figural napkin Rings: Collectors Identification and Value Guild", on page 142 in plate 345.
G&W valued the ring at over $500 in 1996. The most recent sale of the napkin ring fetched $3,383.75. See photo above with actual ring.
G&W talk about this napkin ring and statue in their book. See photo of relevant section. I have also included a photo of the the catalogue part, where the statue is mentioned.







This figural napkin ring has a mythological creature, half human and half goat, playing symbols.
Marked Meriden B Comapny 246






3 x two jesters playing with napkin ring like a rolling ball, Reed & Barton 1326






2 x This is one of the best and rarest figural napkin rings. Sold for $4500 plus premium = $5400
It has a large jester 'performing) in front of a detailed napkin ring on an elliptical base.
Marked Meriden Silverplate Co. 0258.
In excellent condition.
Top of pole missing in second one.




2 x A small jester stand next to a ring on a rectangualr base.
Marked Homan Mfg, Co. 1432.
Extremely rare.




This is a lovely figural napkin ring with 2 jesters, on either side of the napkin holder (they are small figures but are very detailed),
looking at each other and holding the sides of the napkin holder. In near mint condition. I cannot see any makers mark or number. Not in G&W.









5 x Boy feeding dog, Meriden B Company, 199. The first 3 are in excellent original condition with a nice dark patina.
The last one may have had some wear to the silverplate but there is no pitting or flaking of the silverplate.




This is similar to the one above but without the dog and the boy is facing the ring.
Marked Wm. Rogers 10






This figural napkin ring has the same boy as the rings above but in this case the boy stand on top of a pedestral
base and he is holding a a column on which the napkin holder sits.
I have looked carefully at this ring and believe it is authentic, especially how it all fits together and the nice even dark patina the whole piece has.
I washed it with warm soapy water before I examined it carefully. It is marked 0237. I belive it was made ny Meriden Silver Plate Co.
This is a rather large figural napkin ring.





A crawling boy with a puppy has a napkin ring on his back, unmarked




In this figural napkin ring a boy is crawling on the base with a bird in its bird nest above.
There are similar rings in G&W but this one was not in their collection, so is super rare.
I cannot see any markings on the bottom.



In this figural napkin ring a boy is crawling on the base with a bird along side him on the base,
 instead of in the nest as in the one above.
Shown in G&W on page 261, plate 642. Marked 274. ade by Meriden B Company.
I cannot see any markings on the bottom.




This figural napkin ring has a boy lying on his back on a shield base holding
the ring up with his arms and legs.
marked Rogers & Bro. I cannot see a number.





boy smoking cigar, hard to read maker as has been replated, but looks like James W Tufts.




The same boy as on aboove ring with a pieced ring sitting on back. Set on a rectangualr base/
marked James W Tufts 1617



This is a napkin clip with the same boy sitting on top.
The clip is decorated with flowers on the sides.
There is a clip like this with a chick on top.
Marked James W Tufts 1607.
Not in the G&W and Co. collection.



A crawling boy on hands and knees with the ring on his back.
Marked #490.
Similar to one in Gottschalk & Whitson page 262, plate 644, which has same boy but a different design ring, and marked #480.
G&W's ring in NOT marked, not ridges in middle of ring and they say they located it to be Reed & Barton #480. Mine is marked.





another ring like the one above.



This figural napkin ring has a boy lying down on his elbows with the napkin holder on his back. It is marked Derd (?) Silver Co. 379. I need to do some research on this company. It is genuine and authentic.







 5 x boy/sailor with hat rolling ring along. Marked Rogers Smith & Co. 161 or Meriden 161.
A similar ring is shown in G&W in plate 649 on page 263, but the boy is pushing a barrel shaped holder. I have one below.
That ring shown is marked Meriden B Company 171.
G&W state in the description that the same figural napkin ring was also made with a plain holder and was marked meriden B Company 161.
This is the ring they are referring to. They valued the ring shown at $200-$350 in 1996 BMK







yet another as above, but this one has a different pattern on the ring.
This one is actually marked I/O,
 so was probably made by WMF as they used that to note it was plated and oxidised when made.






A similar ring with a sailor, but now the napkin ring is actually in the shape of a barrel.






It is marked as Made by James W. Tufts with the production number 1516.
This figural napkin ring is shown in the book by Gottschalk and Whitson's book "Figural napkin Rings: Collectors Identification and Value Guild", on page 281 in plate 695.
They say the matching toothpick holder had the number 2642. They valued at $350 to $500 in 1996.
I have another one of these whic h I have put into the toothpick section as someone found a glass insert. 









3 x A very rare figural napkin ring with a boy and a girl (both Kate Greenaway figures) on a Teeter-Totter (or see-saw for some).
Marked Simpson. Hall, Miller & Co. 029. In excellent condition. In near mint/display condition.
The first one looks to have been resilvered (ditto third one too). The first one has the silversmiths marks/scratches on the bottom to show it was resilvered.






This is a magical ring which has a Kate Greenaway boy and girl sitting with their back to each other,
reading books with a triangular shaped napkin holder on top.
The writing on the side of the holder say "What are the Wild Waves Saying"









This is another figural napkin ring that has a Kate Greenaway boy and girl. The ring is not shown in the book G&W, but the 2 figures which are at each end of the figural napkin ring (namely the boy and the girl) do figure in figural napkin rings where the same boy and the same girl are sitting on a log fence. See photos above. It is also interesting that these 2 pieces, as well as the one displayed here are unmarked, so I suspect they were made by the same company. I have examined this ring carefully and believe it is authentic especially in how the boy and girl fit so snuggly into the curved napkin holder. An absolute fabulous design. Extremely rare. 




A super rare figural napkin ring. 
Marked James W Tufts 1598.



A boy stands proudly in front of a particularly decorated napkin ring. Marked Meriden B Company 234.



A Figual naplin ring similar to the one above (Kate Greenaway boy), but with a hexagonal shaped napkin ring behind him this time. Unmarked as to maker or number but genuine, see G&W.




2 x This napkin ring is similar to the one above but the Greenaway boy is holding a baseball bat under his arm and there is a baseball at the bottom.
It is marked 035 on one of the boy's feet. In excellent condition with a light patina. THH


The same boy as in the above napkin rings stands on a rectangular base with his hands behind his back.
The napkin ring is placed on a pedestal at a slight angle with respect to the base.
It is marked Toronto S.P. Company 1155.



The figural napkin ring features the same kate Greenaway boy as in the above napkin rings above but the boy stands facing the napkin holder and the base is different. It is marked Southington 216. The base is very typical of most Southington figural napkin rings.







3 x This is an extremely rare figural napkin ring with a Kate Greenaway boy riding a horse
on a wooden plank like base with the holder taking the form of a hollow log.
marked Simpson Hall Miller & Co. #225
Sold for $1440 USD in 2014 at Dan Murpys Auctions




2 x a sailor boy with hat and hands in his pockets stands in front of the napkin ring on a rectangular base.
Marked Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. (with "i" missing from "Simpsonin first one), number 07. The ring needs to be rounded.
Second one is in excellent condition. Looks to be resilvered.






3 x this figural napkin ring has a sailor boy (like above) carrying the napkin holder ring on his back .
It is marked meridem B Company 155. In excellent condition.






3 x This figural napkin ring has the same sailor boy as in the ring above
but the napkin holder is elevated by an anchor underneath it.
It has the same pattern on the base as the ring above as well.
It is marked Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. 06. In excellent condition.




A man, who looks to be a sailor perhaps, is carrying a barrel shaped napkin ring on his back.
The barrel even has grain. marked Simpson Hall Miller & Co. 023.








3 x A rather large figure of Tom sawyer stands with his hands in his pockets in front of the napkin holder, all sitting on a rectangular base with a decorated edge.
Marked Barbour Silver Co. #8.
In excellent condition, with nice patina.
It is shown in the book by Gottschalk and Whitson's book "Figural napkin Rings: Collectors Identification and Value Guild", in Plate 661 on Page 268. They valued it at $350-$500 in 1996, 16 years ago, but it sells for much more than this now. See above. 






This figural napkin ring also features Tom Sawyer,
but now standing on a circular base with a highly ornate pieced ring behind him.
There are some marks underneath but it is hard to make out a maker and number
so I will say it is unmarked.





It is marked as made by Pairpoint Mfg Co with the production/pattern/patent number 214.  
It is not shown in the book by Gottschalk and Whitson because it is so rare.
It does appear in a few places on the Internet, in one case complete and in another with the boy and/or dog missing.
My research shows this was made 3 ways and I have seen them all before more than once.
As in above, with a shepherd and goat on either side, and with nothing but a salt and pepper pot to sit inside the tray.
There is one fake one with a cherub on top of the ring that I have seen as well.







This ring has a Kate Greenaway boy standing in front of a ring on a circular base.
Marked Rogers & Bro 221 USA






  A boy figural napkin rings. Made by WMF, c1900. The spare one has been sold or swapped.



This is another WMF figural napkin ring, with a boy teasing a cat.  The details is very good.
In excellent condition.




3 x In this WMF figural napkin ring a boy is climbing up the napkin holder/ring
to get away from a dog which has a piece of his pants in its mouth.


young boy trying on a top hat


seem to be missing something here????

Australian soldier with rifle, appears to be nickel/silver or even chrome plated....marked epns. May have been replated.
I think i may have sold this one. It is the same as the one below anyhow.



Australian WWI soldier with rifle.  In original condition. Marked EPNS, Made in Australia, with the stamp of a bird in a square box(?).





gold miner with pick stands alongside triangular napkin ring,
with badge Pere Marquette's Statue, Marquette, Mich.


A man stands in front of an elevated napkin ring (on grapes and leaves) with his hand in the air. I canot find any information about this ring so it must be very rare. I have a feeling it is related somehoe to American independence, and it is possible that the man may have held something in his hand (possibly a flag, I am guessing). Alternatively the hand may be open so that it holds a toothpick. An amazing piece.

 
boys holding something on their heads, marked number 2


boys holding something on their heads, Pelton Bros., St. Louis




3 x Roman or Greek soldiers/boys carrying water bottles, Middleton 340




Two boys with caps lean up onto the napkin holder, all on a rectangular base.
Marked Middletown Plate Co. # 87. In excellent condition, a couple minor dings, with nice aged patina.





In this figural napkin ring, there is a chinese man sitting on a box holding a pipe (?).
Has a nice patina. Unmarked as to maker and number.






2 x A boy is sitting on a stool, pulling his boots up, not marked but authentic, listed in Gottschalk and Whitson's book.
Condition of first is very good for age: second is in excellent condition.









  6 x Two boy are holding up a square napkin ring with a finely decorated edge, on a decorated square base on ball feet.
The boys in this napkin ring are the same as the boys in another napkn ring where a boy is jumping a fence.
I do not have this napkin ring, but I do have 2 knife rests with the same boy.
The ring above is marked Meriden B Company 332.
All 3 in excellent near mint condition.
It is shown in the collector's book by Gottschalk and Whitson in plate 666 on page 270. They valued that one at $200 - $350 in 1996






This figural napkin ring has the same boys as in the above ring but they are now swinging out from a round ring on a rectangualr base.
Marked Middletown 28.




Similiar to the above but with a child size ring.
Marked Reed & Barton 34.



This figural napkin ring has a boy/jockey sitting on a bench holding a whip.
I believe there would have been a wire hanging from the whip when made.
Marked Hartford Silver plate Co. 030.
The ring is bolted to the bench.
Fakes do not have the ring bolted to the bench and the detail is poor.






 2 x In this napkin ring, the same boy as in the napkin ring is now jumping over a fence.
Marked Meriden B Company 308. In one of the examples the boy is missing one hand.






This is a Meriden boy napkin ring, but I think it is the reproduction that was made in the 1980s, as the original is marked 251 or something.
Still looks very nice and worth having.




2 x This looks like a band leader....(nude underneath his jacket?) standing on a rectangular corner-truncated base.
Nice patina. Marked Wilcox Silver Plate Co. #4300.
Not shown in G&W as very rare.









  7 x This looks like a newspaper boy or school boy (with his book) standing next to a beautifully engraved and decorated napkin ring.
Marked 0254. Can't see a maker's name. In excellent condition.



This looks like a scout standing (and saluting) next to a beautifully engraved napkin ring.
As far as I can tell it is not marked or numbered.
That is actually normal for this napkin ring. In excellent condition. Nice patina.


This figural napkin ring has a Spanish conquistador, with a rifle, standing along side it on a decorated rectangular base.
Marked Torronto S P Company 1137. In excellent condition.
This is a rather large figural napkin ring.



This is a very unusual figural napkin ring, with a spanish theme. It has the characters Don Quixote and his recruit Sancho Panza, from the Spanish book "The Ingenious Don Quixote of La Mancha" written by Alonso Quijano, published in 2 volumes in 1605 and 1615, acclaimed to be the most influential literature from the Spanish golden age. Don quixote is standing with one arm overreaching the napkin holder, while the other is on his chest as if he is takiing oath. Sancho Panza is seated at the front of the napkin ring with one leg stretched and one drawn in towied shim. The napkin holder ring is deocrated with a vine of leaves with detailed ribbing. The holder is monogrammed "W" and is definitle Victorian. The detail also suggests it is an American figural napkin ring, which I believe was made by either Reed & Barton or Meriden B Company. I have seem similar work by both of these companies. I would has as a guess that maybe the ring was not marked because there really isn't any place to mark it. The detail on the man and boy are just amazing. I just found a reference to this ring. Two like it sold at Heritage Auctions recently. See screen dump below. The arm of the man might have been soldeered to the ring.







This figural nap[kin ring has a sailor on one side and a soldier (I think) on the other.
It is not marked as to maker and number.

 




2 x boy pulling a sleigh/sled, Wilcox, Meriden 01576










  7 x boy pulling a cart with the napkin ring on the back. Unmarked (as noted in G&W),
but identified to have been made by Wilcox Silver Plate Co. 01577.
The top one does not have the leaf under the boys feet.
As noted in G&W, both, with and without leaf, were made.



This figural napkin ring with a boy pulling a cart holding teh ring is similiar to the one above but
much harder to find. It has fretwork running down the sides of the rails.



In this figural napkin ring a booy is pulling a cart ?napkinn ring on wheels, but in this case tehre is a cherub aloft on top of the ring.
I have seen this ringa  few times and I do not think it is na fake. The detail is excellent. The maker and number are not marked.






This figural napkin ring has the same boy as in the above figural napkin ring but instead of pulling the ring,
the boy is pushing the ring. Marked Wilcox Silver plate Co. Cannot see a number.
The figural napkin rings above which use the same boy and are not marked as to maker or number have identifified to have been made by Wilcox Silver plate Co., so all consistent.


This figural napkin ring features the same boy as above.
It is marked Meriden Silverplate Co. 250, but for some reason the makers mark has been etched over
to hide it, maybe because it was being sold by some independent dealer/shop in New York.
It is shown in G&W on page 262 in plate 646




2 x This figural napkin ring has two Roman soldiers standing on either side of the napkin ring, equipped with armour shield and sword.
The details is quite extraordinary. Not marked as to maker and number. In excellent aged condition.






This figural napkin ring sits on a log with a boy balancing on the branch. Marked Van Bergh S.P. Co. #17







  4 x This figural napkin ring has a knight of sorts holding up a torch.
The ring hodler is decorated with an scroll edging and engraved with flowers and leaves.
The ring and knight sit on a circular base. the ring is marked Knickerbocker Silver Co. 198. In mint condition.



This figural napkin ring has the same knight as in the ring above. I cannot see a maker's mark or number. It has some numbers scartched on the bottom which is indicative of it having been replated some time ago. I suspect it had a coin on the botton centre and I am pretty sure it was made by knickerbocker Silver Co. as they have made all the other knight rings, and they do sometimes use a cion logo/stamp. I take all of that back, as it is shown in G&W page 140, plate 340, and they say maker and number not marked, but I still think it was made by knickerbocker Silver Co. as they made the one above and one with same number and base but with a different ring, shown in G&W page 140, plate 339. That one in their book is shown below.





This figural napkin ring is very similar to the one above (same figure and base),
 but the knight is on the other side and the ring is not as wide.
It is marked Knickerbocker Silver Co. 1231.



Knight with torch.
Babcock & Co.
Cannot see number though.
Same as one shown in G&W page 140, plate 339, which is made by Knickerbocker number 198.
J.A. BABCOCK & CO - New York, NY
active since 1861. The firm closed in 1894 and the brand was used by Knickerbocker Co

 



2 x These 2 figural napkin rings were made as a pair, and depict a boy and a girl (or young lady and young man) dancing.
They both have their hands on their hips has a if they are doing something like a square dance.
The girl ring is unmarked (except for a W) but is located in G&W to have been made by Barbour Silver Co. # 2903 (see G&W page 284).
The boy ring is also unmarked but located to ahve been made by Barbour Silver Co. # 2904.
These 2 figural napkin rings came from the same estate and I would imagine they belonged to a married couple, and that they may have been given to them as a wedding present.
That was quite a common thing to do in the late 1800s.


This figual napkin ring has too small jesters on either side. the ring is out of round. Not marked as to maker or number.



2 x This is a boy and girl ring but I have put it in this category. It is a figural napkin ring with Jack and Jill about to climb a hill.
Both figures are Kate Greenaway types.
It is shown in the book by Gottschalk and Whitson, "Figural Napkin Rings: Collectors Identification and Value Guide" on page 232 in Plate 569. They valued it at $500 and up in 1996. 
Jack is holding a bucket in his hand as well. This is a very very rare figural napkin ring. Marked Tufts 1667.
Bucket missing on second ring. MKH
Around 2010, I watched one of these sell for $4500 on ebay.


A lovely very rare Kate Greenaway figural napkin ring with a girl (girl missing) pushing a boy on a sled.
Marked Simpson Hall Milller & Co 037




A Kate Greenaway boy is on a cart being pulled along by a dog.
The dog appears in other figual napkin rings and is actually Rip van Winkle's dog.
This ring is made b Toronto Silver Plate Co. but is not marked.
That is how it made. Located in G&W page 208.
They also say it had the pattern number 1160.
When made it would have had a wire/rope leads but seems to have been replaced by rods some time ago.







This is a very rare figural napkin ring, that has a more common toothpick holder (normally it is the other way around), with the same boy taking his shoes off. The ring is marked Derby Silver Co. 341. The toothpick holder, also shown above, shown also in the appropriate section ofour collection, was marked Derby Silver Co. 2307. CKH




This is a magnificant and rare figural napkin ring made by Meriden Silver Plate Co. (with one of their signature oval bases) showing a chinaman with long ponytail plattered hair, standing next to the napkin holder with a salt fitted on top of the holder. It is marked meriden Silver plate Co. 153.





A bearded man holds the ring up above his head.
I have a toothpick hodler with the same man holding up a sphere with holes in it.
Marked 1145.


This figuarl napkin ring has a similar bearded man, actually two, carrying the ring,
which looks like a barrel with two poles.
It is marked Simpson Hall Miller & Co. 016
and is shown in G&W on page 146 in plate 357.






2 x This is one of those super rare figural napkin rings.
It has a Chinese or Japanese man standing on a base next to the ring,
with a dog on top of the ring.
It looks like he is training the dog.
Marked Simpson Hall Miller & Co. 226.
The ring has an unusal woven texture.
In excellent condition.
Maybe have been replated.



This figural napkin ring is made by WMF. They made figurals as good as the American ones.
It has a nefro/black man sitting on the side of the ring holding one arm up.
It is unusual because the body of the ring is made of blue/cobalt glass.








2 x Triton blowing shell horn.

 Meriden B Company #201
Large and magificant.







2 x This figural napkin ring has two boys playing on a napkin holder.
It look like one is trying to climb up on the ring and the other is pushing him away.
Marked Meriden B Company 182. Two ball feet are missing under the base.
Second one in excellent condition.




I wasn't sure where to put this ring. It has a viking with a club on one side and a very large dog on the other side. It looks farcical but is genuine as I have seen this ring before at auctions in the USA. It is unmarked as to maker or number.  






An Arabian man (?) holds a torch aloft.
Marked Hartford Silver Plate Co. 17.





This figural napkin ring has a egyptian man holding the naping holder behind his head.
Marked Reed & Barton 1508





This figural napkin ring is made by WMF, and has a gnome or Father Christmas
 carrying the holder on its/his back with a bud vase attachment (or toothpick holder) on top.