A Red Rose and A Happy Mother's Day
If I collect anything, it is these -- these little silver treasures that I seek out and now sometimes find at Estate Sales, Antique Stores and even flea markets.Silver napkin rings -- some Victorian and some Edwardian. Some English but most are American. But all have either a name or an initial engraved on them. I do not buy a ring without! They live on top of the Asian chest in the dining room. Like a necklace, I think, to the top of the chest.
But there are "leftovers" -- and these reside on top of the windows in the dining room. Ready to be used whenever we have company.
Three that I'm fond of -- very Victorian and all engraved with a name. I'm not particular about names although I would love to find a "Martha" ring. I do have ones with one grandmother's initials, one with my mother's name and one's with my husband's name.
I love them all although I do have favorites -- this one in particular -- with "Eva" engraved and a Christmas date. I have another just like it but with Alice engraved on it. Christmas presents, perhaps, for two young ladies from a favorite aunt?
We use the napkin rings every day -- for us and for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And we use them every time we have company.
The proper use of these engraved silver napkin rings was to make sure that your place was set with your napkin. Therefore, if the ring was engraved with your name or your initials, you knew that the napkin inside was yours. That's very important.
In earlier times, napkins were not fresh for every meal -- instead they were used for the whole week -- so you appreciated the fact that your napkin would be returned to your place!
The napkins, still in their rings, would be stored in the sideboard between meals.
These rings were often given as gifts -- graduation, wedding, special birthdays or Christmas. Sometimes that fact is also engraved on the ring. It just makes those rings even more special!
We do use our napkins for more than one meal -- and after every meal place them back in their ring.
Cloth napkins for dinner is a most civilized thing to do and having them in a silver ring only elevates the civility!
It's the second Sunday in May -- not only is it Mother's Day but it's also Silver Sunday. Join Beth at The Gypsy Fish Journal to see what fun silver their is for this Mother's Day.