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Table fork(s), qty. 34

Table fork(s), qty. 34
Title
Table fork(s), qty. 34
Date 
1855
Medium 
Silver
Dimensions 
each overall: 8 x 1 x 7/8 in. ( 20.3 x 2.5 x 2.2 cm ) Silver Weight: 77) 2 oz (troy) 2 dwt (66 g)
Description 
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 
1936.44-77
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..."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group