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Napkin ring

Napkin ring

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brass, stamped and lined

  • Credit Line:

    Francoise Crichton Gift

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In Victorian Britain the applications of brass were almost endless. Its physical qualities--toughness, hardness and colour which varied according to the zinc content of the alloy--meant brass was extremely versatile and inexpensive. The uses ranged from utility to ornament--from engineers’ grease cups to hearth furniture and tableware, like these napkin rings decorated with cherubs in a landscape.

Physical description

In the form of a brass ring machine-stamped with a design of cherubs sporting ina leafy landscape; in the centre a blank shield mounted with ribbons and roses supported by cherubs each side. The interior has been lined with a plain brass sheet turned over at the edge.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (probably, made)


ca. 1840 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Brass, stamped and lined


Height: 3.4 cm, Diameter: 4.8 cm

Descriptive line

Brass napkin ring with a design of cherubs and a shield mounted with ribbons and roses, English, ca. 1840




Stamped; Lined

Subjects depicted

Cherubs; Shield; Ribbons; Roses




Metalwork Collection

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