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Pinball Ring 1700s Replica, SS with chain

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$225.00

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∙ Sterling silver
∙ Hand-crafted
∙ Inspired by antique pinball ring
∙ Solid sterling silver chain
∙ Patina replicates finish on original
∙ Pin cushion not included
∙ Monogram plate for engraving
∙ 2" dia. ring, 15 1/2" L chain
∙ Made in the USA
WILLIAMSBURG exclusive!
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Hand-crafted after a rare and unusual artifact, our exquisite pinball ring and chain is a treasure in its own right. Pinball rings were used to carry a lady's sewing needles. The ring held a round ball, made sometimes of needlepoint, velvet, cotton, silk, or whatever the user had around; the inside of the ball was stuffed with wool, as lanolin keeps metal from rusting and helped make the needle go through fabrics smoother. Sometimes broken walnut shells would be added to the ball to help to keep needles sharpened. The ball, inserted into the pinball ring, was attached to the lady's chatelaine by either chain or ribbon. She would also have scissors hanging from her chatelaine, maybe a magnifying glass, keys, or ivory notebook.

Each of this beaded ring's components is formed from .925 sterling silver, and a patina has been applied to replicate the finish of the original pinball ring in Colonial Williamsburg's museum collections. True in shape to the 200-year-old cousin, the oval monogram disc allows the ring to be hand-engraved with the recipient's initials, just like the museum original.
This sterling silver ring and chain is a design replica of an antique pinball ring in the Colonial Williamsburg museum collections. The original pinball ring dates from 1768 to 1825. It has a flat circular band with exterior moulded in two narrow spiral mouldings and beaded edges. The oval plate fastened to the ring is engraved "K. Y." for Phoebe Yarnall who attended school in Wilmington, Delaware.
Clean with silver polishing cloth.

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