Lovely Antique Silver ‘Manches A Cotelettes’ Set ~ SOLD ~

An absolutely lovely Antique French Silver Set of 6 ‘Manches à Cotelettes’ or Lamb Cutlet holder implements by ‘Maitre Orfèvre’ Louis COIGNET.

They are delicately decorated in Louis XVI Style with lovely floral designs and scrolls on the handles. They are part of all these implements that were created to facilitate meals and particularly to avoid to the diner participants any occasion to dirty their hands while dining…. Hence the little clamps would be fitted onto to the bone of the cutlet and screwed tight, so the guest would simply have to pick up the little handle and tranquilly, as well as cleanly, enjoy the little cutlet!
Some of you maybe more familiar with the Leg of Lamb holder which is often part of a meat carving service set, but we really love this smaller version presented during meals for lamb cutlets!

The pieces are in perfect condition and are presented in their original presentation box which has some very minor scruff marks.
The width and length given above are per little holder.

The Hallmark is ‘Minerve’ 1 -1st title – 1838 -1919– Paris

The Makers Mark is for ‘Maître Orfèvre’ Louis COIGNET and shows and L and a C with a crossed carving fork and knife set.He was active between 1889 and 1893. His address was listed as 14 rue Barbette in the 3rd arrondissment, very close to the Rue Vieille du Temple in the Marais district of Paris.