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Butter knives (2)

Butter knives (2)
Butter knives (2)
each overall: 6 3/8 x 5/8 x 1/8 in. ( 16.2 x 1.6 x 0.3 cm ) Silver Weight: 98) 15 dwt (24 g)
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.
Credit Line 
Gift of the Honorable Perry Belmont
Object Number 
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
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..."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group