Butter knives (2)

Object Number: 
Overall: 6 3/8 × 5/8 × 1/8 in. (16.2 × 1.6 × 0.3 cm) Silver Weight: 15.4 dwt (24 g)
engraved: on the handles: the Perry family crest, an anchor on fess below a hind's head stamped: on the undersides of the blades: "Wm. GALE & SON" in roman letters
One of a pair of silver butter knives with flat, wavy-end handles with foliate decoration; flat ovoid blades with leaf decoration; handles engraved with the Perry family crest, an anchor on fess below a hind's head; makers' marks stamped on the undersides of the blades.
Gallery Label: 
On December 28, 1855, the Chamber of Commerce and Merchants of New York presented Commodore Matthew Calbraith perry with a 381-piece silver dinner service in acknowledgement of his successful negotiation of a treaty with Japan in 1854. In the letter of presentation the committee remarked, "To have brought this secluded Empire, into the intercourse of nations; is an achievement which may justly be ranked, among the greatest events of the age..."
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Honorable Perry Belmont
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group