A Lovely suite of 12 Antique French Silver Oyster Forks, by ‘Maîtres Orfèvres’ Henin & Cie.
The forks are done in the simple yet elegant Louis XVI Style with ribboned reed medallion topped by a bow and acanthus leaves.
Each piece sports an LC monogram.
The fork is linked to the handle by a spread of acanthus leaves.
The work is particularly refined and the set very elegant.
They are perfect to hold and handle with a great shape.
They are in excellent condition and come be bought as a set with the 24 piece set of Escargot Forks and Tongs.
The height given is that of one fork.
The Hallmark is Minerve 1 -1st title (950/1000) – Hence 1838 to 1919 – Paris
The Maker’s 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 workshop was located at 33 Rue Des Archives in the Marais area of Paris.
Hénin & Compagnie were the successors of Thomas & Henin which had first started in early 1865.
They were followed by Hénin Freres which registered their mark by August 1865 and cancelled it in August 1872.
Hénin Freres were followed by Hénin & Fils who gave way to Hénin & Compagnie in 1875.
Henin & Compagnie were in turn followed by Hénin & Vivier in 1891.
In 1933 this wonderful dynasty became the House of Hénin.