A lovely Set of Antique French Silver of ‘Manches à Cotelettes’ or Lamb Cutlet Holders by ‘Maitre Orfèvre’ Henri GABERT
They are charmingly decorated in the Louis XV Style with delicate floral scrolls on the handles as well as a ‘rocaille’ medallion, ending with a tiny ‘rocaille’ knob.
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 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 come in their original presentation box.
The Hallmark is ‘Minerve’ 2 -2nd title (800/1000)- 1838 -1919– Paris
The Makers Mark is for ‘Maître Orfèvre’ Henri GABERT
His Mark was registered on July 10th1882 and cancelled on January 25th 1901. It features an H and a G separated by a ‘Gabion’.
He held shop at 112 Rue de Turenne in the Marais part of Paris.