Napkin rings made of natural horn from Watussi and Ankole Cattle of Nigeria. Cut and polished by hand in a workshop in Denmark since 1935. Pairs well with our Belgian Linen & Cotton Napkins. (
The marbled brown and tan hues of these napkin rings are natural to the horns derived from Watussi and Ankole cattle of Nigeria, Africa, as well as some Danish cattle, none of which belong to protected categories of bovine. Each napkin ring has a unique swirl pattern.
The horns arrive at the Denmark workshop de-cored, meaning they've been hollowed and sanitized in boiling water. The workshop’s artisans use about 5 to 7 tons of raw horn per year, which is about 5 to 7 tons of horn otherwise burned by abattoirs, who simply don't know what else to do with them.
The horns each carry a unique and inimitable display of color and texture. They are polished by hand with the help of a machine to achieve ideal smoothness. There is nothing whatsoever added in the process.
Ruche up a napkin and slip it inside the napkin ring for a bold place setting.
Because these napkin rings are made of pure horn, which is made up of keratin protein, there are special considerations for their proper care. The napkin rings should be cleaned immediately after use in lukewarm water without the addition of soap or solvents. It should never be left soaking in water or moisture, but rather should be dried immediately using a soft cloth. If the the napkin rings are immersed in water for too long, they could give off a natural sulphur smell, which should dissipate once dry and with use.
The napkin rings should never be placed in a dishwasher. Direct sunlight or heat can be very detrimental and dry out the horn.
Horns from Watussi and Ankole cattle are typically thrown away in Nigeria, but this Danish workshop uses the imported salvaged the horns to make modern kitchen products, going through about 5-7 tons of cattle horn per year. A small amount of the horn used at the factory comes from native Danish cattle.
The company that created these horn napkin rings was launched in 1935. The founder learned the skill of making hornware from his father and eventually passed on the trade to his own son. In 2007, the family business was sold to a loyal customer of the horn products, who continues to carry on the traditions set forth by the original owners.
Every product created by this company is made by hand, with the aid of some manually operated machines. The hornwares are created in a rigorous process that includes raw horn selection, sawing, rubbing, shaping, cutting, sanding, polishing, and quality control checks.
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