Charming Antique French Silver Set of 6 ‘Manches à Cotelettes’ or Lamb Cutlet Holder Implements by ‘Maitres Orfèvres’ MASSAT Freres.
They are delicately decorated in Louis XV Style with lovely floral designs Rocaille 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 in the kitchen 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!
The pieces are in perfect shape and come in their original presentation box which is in perfect condition. They are rather long but it makes them quite practical!
The Hallmark is ‘Minerve’ 1 -1st title – 1838 -1919– Paris
The Makers Mark is for ‘Maîtres Orfèvres’ MASSAT Freres.
It shows their last name atop a Lyra with 2 dots. Their Mark was registered in 1885, when they took the workshop over from Paul MASSAT.
Their workshop was located 15 rue Crussol in Paris.