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Pair of napkin rings

Pair of napkin rings

  • Place of origin:

    Wellington (designed and made)

  • Date:

    ca.1927 (designed and made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    William Littlejohn and Sons (maker and retailer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Nephrite jade with silver mounts

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs B.W. Robinson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The napkin rings in a self conscious `Art Deco' style were designed and made in New Zealand and are an interesting illustration of an Empire interpretation of a European fashion.

Physical description

The napkin rings form an equilateral triangle; each side is made up of three short greenstone bars connected to the other two by an angular joint of silver. The silver mounts which hold the bars return at a 45° angle. The bars are of New Zealand nephrite jade known locally as greenstone.

Place of Origin

Wellington (designed and made)


ca.1927 (designed and made)


William Littlejohn and Sons (maker and retailer)

Materials and Techniques

Nephrite jade with silver mounts

Marks and inscriptions

Stamped on the silver mounts


Height: 5 cm, Width: 6 cm

Object history note

These napkin rings were inherited by the donor who has an extensive network of family relations in Christchurch, New Zealand. Mrs Robinson is the widow of a former Keeper of Metalwork, Basil Robinson (1912-2005) who joined the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1939, was Keeper of Metalwork, 1966-1972 and Keeper Emeritus of the Far Eastern Department, 1971-1976.

Descriptive line

Pair of napkin rings, greenstone (nephrite jade) with silver mounts, New Zealand, Wellington. William Littlejohn and Sons, ca.1927


Jade; Silver




Metalwork; Silver; Tableware & cutlery

Production Type

small batch


Metalwork Collection

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