Napkin ring

about 1920
Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938)


Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 3.1 x 4.5 cm (1 1/4 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1978.254

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

The ring is divided by scored lines into five bands; the center band has applied silver flowers and chased leaves that are separated by inlaid gold dots.


Stone’s use of gold on this napkin ring, probably made for use in his own family, elevates it above the typical expression of the form.

This text has been adapted from “Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000,” edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward, published in 2008 by the MFA. Complete references can be found in that publication.

Inscription

None.

Markings

Stone [with profile of incuse chasing hammer stamped across St] / STERLING” struck on exterior edge of lower band.

Provenance

Arthur and Elizabeth Bent Stone estate to their companion Annie E. Priest; by descent to Alma Bent, Stone’s cousin, from whom the Museum purchased the piece.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund