modernist french letter opener by ravinet denfert c1960

Modernist French Letter Opener by Ravinet d’Enfert c.1960


| $466 USD | €397 EUR

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A top quality French desk-top letter opener with a stunning Lion's paw handle, beautifully executed adjoined by a shaped wooden (ebony) mount.
Made from silver plated bronze, the underside reveals the quality screwed affixing of the wooden mount. Above this, the signature can be found for the top-notch silversmith Ravinet d’Enfert (the silversmith that produced all of Maison Hermes silver).
The company founded in 1845 by E. Tonnelier was acquired in 1882 by Louis Ravinet (1854-1925). In 1891, Charles d’Enfert (1865-1960) entered into a partnership with Louis Ravinet and the company took the denomination of Ravinet d’Enfert. Ravinet d’Enfert has been located in Paris for more than a century at the Hotel de Caumartin, 83 rue du Temple in the « Marais ».
The company was specialized in production of silver forks and spoons and silverware in general. For silverplated items, nickel silver models were manufactured in the Mouroux factory (Seine et Marne) created in 1895 by Louis Ravinet.
In 1923, Louis Ravinet and Charles d’Enfert transferred to their sons André Ravinet (1889-1971) and Jacques d’Enfert (1900-1982) the company management.
The firm participated on a regular basis in exhibitions and received high rewards: gold medals at the Lyon Universal Exhibition in 1894 and Brussels in 1897. Ravinet d’Enfert was exhibiting in the International exhibitions of 1900, 1925 and 1937, and obtained a silver medal in Brussels in 1958.
Excellent condition dating to c.1960 measuring 10 1/2" x 1 1/4" x 1/2".
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Height = 26.7 cm (11")
Width = 3.2 cm (1")
Depth = 1.3 cm (1")

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