Extremely Rare Set Of 12 French Silver Shellfish Forks by Amédée PLAISAIT.
Very pure and very elegant these timeless forks are as rare as they come!
In fact, we have only seen them a few times and in plated silver, but never as a set of twelve in solid silver!
The design is very elegant, simple and very practical.
The handle is decorated with a laurel leaf wreath and an acanthus motif, while the fork extends into a very delicately modelled yet heavily made of silver (quite strong) to a two-pronged fork end.
The instrument is used to fetch out the meat from lobsters or crabs, in an elegant, yet very practical way!
The forks are perfectly balanced making them a pleasure to handle.
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….
The pieces are in perfect shape! A beautiful and very rare find.
They are also beautifully marked.
The Hallmark is the Minerva Hallmark, 1st title (950/1000) for Paris 1838/1919
The Makers Mark is for ‘Maître Orfèvre’ Amédée PLAISAIT and shows an A and P surrounding a walking lion.
His Mark was registered in January 1921 and cancelled in 1925.
He held shop at 3 rue des fontaines, in Paris.