Linderhof


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 28, 2015

Five SILVER Rings . . .



Not the Christmas song . . .
And not golden . . .
But silver rings
Napkin rings


A Christmas present from a dear friend
An engraved English napkin ring
dated 19 December 1875
(not quite Christmas, but close!)

Most of the napkin rings live on top of the china cabinet


They're handy and they lend a nice "sparkle" to the dining room

The Five Silver rings
are not just part of my collection
But very special rings
Christmas
rings!


Five of them!


My first two
Eva and Mary's rings
Bought (along with a couple of others)
at an antique store in Las Vegas
for a ridiculously low price
(It always pays to ask for something you don't see . . .
"Do you have any napkin rings?" ask I
And the owner rooted around in her back room
And came up with these and a couple of others.
I was beyond happy!


I'm not sure where I got the one on the left, but it was my third
The one on the right came from a trip to Cape Cod and has a full name
(both first and last) and is dated 1869

Now I have four


And as a hostess gift, friend Kate gave me this wonderful ring
to give me five Christmas rings!



I'm sharing my napkin rings with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life and with Michael at Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.

8 comments:

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

What a nice collection of napkin rings! And to have the dates on them. I have several but not with the dates. I like the one with Mary on it, that is my mom's name. :)
Wishing you and yours a Happy New year Martha.
Gina

Entertaining Women said...

So much more special when collected over time. Happy to find you running at full throttle, it would seem. The silver Christmas napkin rings are true treasures. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

ellen b said...

I have a weakness for napkin rings. Yours are lovely!

Rattlebridge Farm said...

Absolutely stunning silver napkin rings! I'm going to remember your advice to ask...you just never know. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Christine Graves said...

Those are stunning! Such great finds, I would definitely cherish them too!

Pat Cantwell said...

Martha,
On my many "antiquing trips", I've not seen any silver napkin rings, either!!!
However, in the future you can bet I'll ask!!!
Thanks for sharing your ever growing collection!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Such great pieces. Wonder what stories they could tell from those dinner parties so long ago.

Bookie said...

Lovely and what a special friend you have to think of finding a napkin ring for you!! I have no special napkin rings, but I do have a box of knife rests. They were something new and unusal for me at one time....a lot of people who have been at my table don't know what they are but enjoy learning about them. Happy New Year coming.