Hi, I believe this napkin ring is Chinese silver, but I'm not sure. 18K acid light scratch test on edge indicates good silver content on the surface, but I know this test can give a false positive for heavily plated items. Does anyone know the meaning of the marks, or of the enamel character on the front of the ring?
I've posted this question on another board and with their help have seen that the mark on the left on my napkin ring may be the same as one of the two marks found on several pieces of silver identified on-line as being made by Heng Li. I'm by no means sure of that, and the style does not look the same to me.
Weight is 27.5 grams, width is about 1 1/4 inches, and diameter is a little under 2 inches. The raised design looks like a separate piece of silver put on top of the flat background of the ring. Is there a name for this construction?
I have 2 of these, so I've shown the marks from both rings. I think the second mark is a little clearer. It is from the ring not pictured which is not in as good shape.
Thanks very much for any help with this.