Table knife

Object Number: 
1936.214
Date: 
ca. 1855
Medium: 
Silver, steel
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 1/4 x 1 1/8 x 1/2 in. ( 26 x 2.9 x 1.3 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on back of handle: the Perry family crest, an anchor on fess below a hind's head stamped: on back of blade: "ODIOT"
Description: 
Table knife with flat steel blade with rounded tip and cast silver handle with foliate design; molded handle socket; stamped maker's mark on reverse of blade; family crest with anchor below a hind's head engraved on reverse of handle.
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 acknowledgment 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