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napkin rings and figural toothpick holders were popular
mainly in the USA
and in other places of the world during the period 1860-1910.
Napkin Rings were a necessary
person to have to identify their cloth napkin,
which would only be washed once a week. Paper
napkins had not been invented then.
holders were a necessary
tables to hold toothpicks, which were at the time were
what a toothbrush is now.
Everyone had a napkin
not all figural, but figural napkin rings
are one of the most collectable items as most of them were marked as to
maker and number according to the pattern/patent/production design. And
just when you think you have them all, there are lots of
napkin rings were generaly made of Britannia metal and
silverplated 4 times. Figural toothpick
holders are rarer than figural napkin rings as less
were made or required.
of the figurals I have, were found in Australia. I imagine a
lot came over during the Gold Rush period in Australia
during the 1880/1890s. Some were even sold in Australia, in Melbourne
Sydney, that were not
released in the USA or Canada.
research items carefully before buying and pricing
prices are set in accord with past sales, condition, and rarity. There
is a fair amount of data on the web to price most items, although
some have never appeared for sale before.
are also numerous books/references which detail them
photographically with their estimated value. Some
of the figural napkin rings are worth $50, while others are worths
thousands of dollars. Many
figural napkin rings have sold for over $3000/4000 USD
at public auctions in the USA.
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I often use the
Napkin Rings: Collectors Identification and Value Guide"
by Lilian Gottschalk and Sandra Whitson (1996) as a reference, denoted
in my descriptions.
napkin rings are arguably the most collectable item. They are works of
art c1880. They are in most classified and identifiable. They are of
high value. They can be easily transported/posted when sold. They do
not take up much space. There are some that you will never acquire, so
it is a bottomless pit as a collectable. And finally they are