An Absolutely Charming and Rare Antique French Silver Set of 12 ‘Manches à Cotelettes’ or Lamb Cutlet Holder Implements by ‘Maitre Orfèvre’ Joseph CROSSARD.
They are delicately decorated in Louis XVI Style with lovely floral designs and laurel wreaths on the handles.
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!
You can sometimes find sets of 6, but to come across 12 of them is now quite rare…
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 with no losses and come in their original presentation box.
A sure way to start a conversation at your table!
The Hallmark is ‘Minerve’ 1 -1st title (950/1000)- 1838 -1919– Paris
The Makers Mark is for ‘Maître Orfèvre’ Joseph CROSSARD a bishop’s crosier running through the letters ARD with a J underneath.
He was active between 1900 and 1920 in Paris, 36 rue de Montmorency.