Hot dish cover

Object Number: 
1936.15
Date: 
1855
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 3/4 x 18 3/4 x 13 1/2 in. ( 27.3 x 47.6 x 34.3 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: in the front cartouche: "PRESENTED BY THE/ Chamber of Commerce and Merchants of New York/ TO COMMODORE/ Matthew Calbraith Perry/ in acknowledgement of the signal service which has/ rendered to AMERICA and to the WORLD by his able/ and successfu
Description: 
Wrought and cast silver presentation hot dish cover for game or large roasts; oval cover with a raised domed center, molded rim, and repoussé chased foliate and scroll cartouches around the Perry family crest, an anchor on fess below a hind's head, on one side and the inscription, "PRESENTED BY THE/ Chamber of Commerce and Merchants of New York/ TO COMMODORE/ Matthew Calbraith Perry/ in acknowledgement of the signal service which has/ rendered to AMERICA and to the WORLD by his able/ and successful negotiation of the/ TREATY with JAPAN" in script, gothic script and roman letters on the other side; cast laurel wreath loop handle with a feathered scroll joint screwed through the center of the dome; makers' marks stamped on the base.
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