Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, December 27, 2010

A Very Silver Christmas!

It was a very silver Christmas at Linderhof-- napkin rings galore!!! The first Christmas ever, actually, that I was gifted with the silver rings -- four silver rings!!!

All different and all special!

From Daughter Sarah and a memento of our Savannah/Charleston trip -- bought at an antique shop in Charleston -- it's English, dating from 1912 and was made in Chester.

From Friend Jean -- a hostess gift when she came to my luncheon. It's my first "figural" and is so precious. Love the violin and there are even notes on the bottom part of the ring. It doesn't have a name or initials but it does say "Old Times". It's Victorian.

From Husband Jim -- alas, not for Christmas but for our anniversary that comes right before Christmas. It says "Gertrude" and I love the ruffly effect and the rope around the edges.

A Christmas present from me to me!!! Bought on friend Shirley Ann and my trip to the city to celebrate Christmas. It's Victorian and has the name "Hallie Whitley" engraved on it. I have a friend named Hallie (whose last name unfortunately is not Whitley) who sometimes dines at Linderhof. Hallie is not a common name and how fortunate to find a ring engraved with that name.

And from Mississippi friend, Gail, I was gifted with a book on American Victorian Figural Napkin Rings. As long as I've been collecting them, I've never had a book about them. I was thrilled. Now . . .

I yearn for the napkin rings pictured on this page of the book -- what great additions to my collection they would be!!!!

Gifts sometimes can be dangerous!!!!!

It's Tuesday, and since I have four napkin rings, I'm joining Tam at A Gypsy's Corner for Three or More Tuesday!


Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

What lovely gifts! Merry Christmas, Martha!

Kristen said...

Oh Martha!
LOVE THOSE RINGS! The one from Gertrude made me think of my Grandma as her name was Gertrude!
I pray you had a wonderful Christmas! Miss you over at the Cafe'!

On Crooked Creek said...

What a wonderful addition to your collection! Would be interested in having you include even more history of your collection as you do future post. I'm sure you'll find many interesting facts in your book to share with us!

Cathy said...

Oh, I love napkins rings, especially pretty silver ones like yours, Martha. What a wonderful thing to collect.

Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year.

From the Kitchen said...

Wonderful! You inspired me to use my napkin rings this year after storing them away for quite sometime. We used to use them all the time!!

Sounds like your Christmas was merry. Good!


Unknown said...

Wonderful gifts.... beautiful rings.

Becky said...

Martha, I always love reading about your napkin rings. Thanks for sharing these with us.

Peg said...

I had to drop by to tell you I received 12 lovely Blue Room plates from my daughter!!! They are currently residing in my corner cupboard and look so pretty. I think I am "hooked" on collecting Spode!

And now I see those beautiful napkin rings. I am drooling again. What fun to hunt for them and how very nice that you received these as gifts. The violin is my favorite!

Southerncook said...

Martha, All of your new napkin rings are just beautiful. I love the one with the violin. Sooooooo unusual.


Sarah said...

Martha, love seeing your new additions. I don't have any of the figural ones, but have always admired them. I have the book. One of my good friends has a gorgeous collection of the figural rings. I love to dine at her home and see which ones she puts out for the meal. You received some beautiful new ones for your collection.

Pondside said...

What lovely additions to your collection....and the book will be an inspiration!