A lovely Set of Antique French Silver of ‘Manches à Cotelettes’ or Lamb Cutlet Holders by ‘Maitre Orfèvre’ Ernest POT
They are charmingly decorated in the Louis XV Style with delicate geometric 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 presentation box.
The Hallmark is ‘Minerve’ 2 -2nd title (800/1000)- 1838 -1919– Paris
The Makers Mark is for ‘Maître Orfèvre’ Ernest POT and shows his last name with a star underneath and a crescent above.
He was active between 1904 and 1908 in Paris, 7 rue Blondel in the 2nd Arrondissement.