Hollowware decorated with repoussé-chased flowers and foliage includes large salver; 6 dish covers; 2 soup tureens; 5 vegetable dishes; fruit bowl; 2 sauceboats; 4 saltcellars; coffeepot; tea kettle; sugar bowl; creamer; 2 bonbon dishes. Knot-pattern flatware includes 2 serving forks; 6 serving spoons; 2 soup ladles; 2 fish serving forks; 2 fish slices; 4 asparagus tongs; 2 cheese scoops; 4 butter serving knives; 2 butter knives; 2 sifter ladles; 2 mustard spoons; 2 berry spoons; ice tongs; 34 table forks; 35 dessert forks; 26 table knives; 35 dessert knives; 36 tablespoons; 69 teaspoons; 36 dessert spoons; 5 coffee spoons; and 35 nut picks.
INSCRIPTION: "PRESENTED BY THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND MERCHANTS OF / New York / TO COMMODORE / Matthew Calbraith Perry / in acknowledgement of the signal services which / he has rendered / to AMERICA and to the WORLD, by / his able and successful negotiation of the TREATY with JAPAN" and Perry family crest engraved on face of salver. "Presented to Commodore / Matthew Calbraith Perry / by the Chamber of Commerce and / Merchants of New York" and Perry family crest engraved on hollowware. "M. C. P." and Perry family crest engraved on obverse or reverse of selected flatware handle-ends.
Gift of the Honorable Perry Belmont
Presented to Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry (1794-1858), who married Jane Slidell (1797-1879); to their son-in-law August Belmont (1813-1890), who married Caroline Perry (1829-1892); to their son the Honorable Perry Belmont (1851-1947), the donor.
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