Vintage African Napkin Rings AfriSilver Sterling Hallmarked Lion Elephant Leopard Guinea Fowl Presidential Gift to Clintons Set of 4
Handcrafted in South Africa, this unique vintage set of napkin rings are hallmarked sterling silver and carry the AfriSilver logo on each item. The 4 animal sculptures are of the lion, elephant, guinea hen and leopard, all native to South Africa. These napkin rings were a presidential gift to Clintons from the president of South Africa (more information below).
Each sculpture is individually handcrafted and molded, cast in resin, which is discarded, to leave a lightweight electroformed 925 sterling silver. Black felt is attached to the bottom for protection of the silver. SET of 4, as shown in photo.
Lion 2.5"L X 2"H X 1"W
Guinea Hen 3.5"L X 2.5"H X 1.5"W
Elephant 2.5"L X 2"H X 1.5"W
Leopard 2.5"L X 1.75"H X 1.25"W
Below is a copy of a part of the text from the White House visit of President and First Lady Mbeki of South Africa in 2000, at which time they exchanged gifts with President and First Lady Clinton.
MRS. MBEKI'S GIFT TO MRS. CLINTON: Mrs. Mbeki presents to Mrs. Clinton a 12-piece set of Afrisilver napkin rings. Each napkin ring features a different animal found in Africa, including a lion, elephant, leopard and buffalo.
These authentic AfriSilver napkin rings in the original boxes have never been used. Purchased directly from the artist while in South Africa. A few show natural signs of age and pigmentation.