Fine Manche a Gigot, 950 Sterling All Silver Joint Holder French Emile Puiforcat. Classical design; note the shell design to the tightening screw. This bone holder was used to secure a leg of lamb or mutton while carving. The weight is 5.01 troy ounces.
One cartouche bears the original monogram. The Hallmark is Minerve 1 -1st title (950/1000)- 1838 -1919 Paris. The Makers Mark is for Emile PUIFORCAT, and was registered in 1857; it features an E and a P separated by a standing feather. The mark is still so famous it does deserve a bit more explanations: Emile PUIFORCAT inherited the business from his uncle Jean Baptiste FUCHS who specialized in flatware in the early 1800s. Emile Puiforcat moved from the offices of his uncle right next door at number 18, then 16 of Rue Chapon.
While he died in 1883, his mark was kept by his successor as well as his grandson Jean, who passed away in 1945. Until the 1880 the House of Puiforcat remained in the flatware business, but expended into the larger pieces to include presentations plates and platters. Though very praised for its craftsmanship PUIFORCAT never participated in the Fairs that did so much for the Silver business in the 1800. The house continued on through the years and was finally bought by Hermes in 1993.
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The item "Fine Manche a Gigot, 950 Sterling All Silver Joint Holder French Emile Puiforcat" is in sale since Thursday, January 18, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (. The seller is "antiqer41" and is located in Clinton, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.