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iconnumber posted 08-25-2004 02:11 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What exactly is a napkin clip and were they originally produced in the older patterns, specifically Gorham and Durgin? I have seen a few advertised and I am hesitant to purchase them unless I know they were original pieces.

I have been told that they were made from tea spoon handles and not a a true piece type.
Can anyone help?

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iconnumber posted 08-26-2004 08:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for t-man-nc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is just what I have seen is that there are or were real napkin clips, these can be distinguished from the Modified spoons by their construction as the spoons are generally just handles cut off and bent over...

The best way is to do your research on the pattern you want to collect...

Remember knowledge is the best protection from fraud...

Hope this helps...


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iconnumber posted 08-30-2004 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would be very cautious in buying any such napkin clips said to be by Durgin or Gorham. I have never seen an example that I thought was authentic. They have all been later-modified teaspoons. Napkin clips were produced during the period, but I haven't seen Durgin or Gorham ones. Lunt seems to have been one of the great napkin clip producers. All of the period napkin clips I have seen resemble the modern-day money clip (and are sometimes sold as such), rather than a bent spoon handle. Lunt made many clips in the shape of initials, and also some in their popular flatware patterns such as Monticello.

If you are looking for napkin holders to match a Gorham or Durgin flat service, you would probably be better off seeking authentic napkin rings. The 2 companies didn't always produce napkin rings that were in a specific pattern, but they did make napkin rings that would complement certain patterns (being aware that buyers would want napkin holders that went well with the flatware service). For example you can find authentic Gorham napkin rings that match the Strasbourg pattern.

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iconnumber posted 08-30-2004 09:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Miss Manners points out that it is vulgar to have sets of napkin holders. The idea behind these little things it that one can reuse one's own napkin, which is identified by the use of one's distinctive clip or ring. A formal dinner involves giving guests a fesh clean napkin which will then be washed before the next use. Using a clip or ring might suggest that the napkin is not fresh or clean. I have never really understood how to tell the difference between the new made up ones and the old, as they tend to look alike to my eye.

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