Table fork(s), qty. 34

Title:
Table fork(s), qty. 34
Date: 
1855
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 in. × 1 in. × 7/8 in. (20.3 × 2.5 × 2.2 cm)
Description: 
One of a set of thirty-four silver table forks with upturned wavy-end handles with foliate decoration; four curved tines on each with leaf decoration on the undersides; undersides of the handles engraved with the Perry family crest, an anchor on fess below a hind's head; makers' marks stamped on the undersides of the stems.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Honorable Perry Belmont
Object Number: 
1936.44
Marks: 
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
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..."
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Creative: Tronvig Group