Butter serving knives (4)

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Overall: 8 1/2 × 1 1/8 × 5/8 in. (21.6 × 2.9 × 1.6 cm)
engraved: on the undersides of the handles: the Perry family crest, an anchor on fess below a hind's head stamped: on the undersides of the stems: "Wm. GALE & SON" in roman letters
One of four silver butter serving knives with upturned wavy-end handles with foliate decoration; handles engraved with the Perry family crest, an anchor on fess below a hind's head; blades rounded and edged on one side and each comes to a point where they meet the opposite, scalloped edge; leaf decoration at the base of the blade; makers' marks stamped on 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