A very Elegant Antique French Silver Set of 12 ‘Manches à Cotelettes’ or Lamb Cutlet Holder implements by ‘Maitre Orfèvre’ HENIN.
These charming pieces 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 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.
This set is very modern looking and each pieces fits perfectly in the hand and is very well balanced.
The set is in perfect condition!
The Hallmark is ‘Minerva Hallamrk’ 1st title- 950/1000 1838 -1919– Paris.
The Makers Mark is for HENIN & Compagnie. It shows an H the sign & and a C topped by a branch and a star underneath the letters.
The Mark was registered on May 11th 1875. Their shop was located at 33 Rue Des Archives in the Marais area of Paris.
Henin & Compagnie were the successors of Thomas & Henin which first started in 1865. They were followed by Henin Freres which registered their mark by August 1865 and cancelled it in August 1872. In turn they were followed by Henin & Fils which finally gave way to Henin & Compagnie in 1875.
Henin & Compagnie were in turn followed by Henin & Vivier in 1891.
In 1933 the dynasty gave way to the House of Henin.