A Charming Antique French Silver Set of 12 Lamb Cutlet Holder Implements or ‘Manches a Cotelettes’ by ‘Maitre Orfèvre’ Alexandre VAGUER.
They are delicately decorated in the Louis XV Style with lovely floral designs and Rocaille scrolls on the handles.
The details on the pieces are charming.
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!
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 very good condition and are presented in their original presentation box.
The Width given above is taken at the larger point of the handles.
The Hallmark is Minerva 1-1st title (950/1000) – 1838 -1919 – Paris
The Makers Mark is for Alexandre VAGUER. It shows his last name spelled out topped by and A with a Star underneath.
The Mark was registered on January 15th 1884. His practice was located 114 Rue du Temple in the Marais area of Paris.