American sterling silver napkin ring by Tiffany and Company Silversmiths, c.1875.
This very special napkin ring has applied decorative borders and an inside ornate, period script monogram: APA.
What makes this special napkin ring even more special is its inscription:
When I was a boy we didn′t ask WHAT was for dinner, but HOW MUCH---Joshua Whitcomb.
See the Wikipedia entry for Denman Thompson for more on Joshua Whitcomb.
This truly special napkin ring weighs 57 grams or 1.8 ozs. Troy and is 1 7/8" in diameter and 1 3/8" tall.
Monogrammed and inscribed as described above, the soft, warm, original finish is present, with no buffing or machine polishing.
The excellent original condition and clear detail, with no removals, repairs or alterations, make this an especially attractive offering.