Overall: 7 x 8 1/2 x 4 in. ( 17.8 x 21.6 x 10.2 cm ) Silver Weight: 12 oz (troy) 10 dwt (388 g)
Wrought silver presentation sauceboat; ovoid bowl on a ovoid pedestal with applied cast scroll design and four scroll and trefoil feet; bowl raised to a short, narrow pouring lip with and applied egg and dart band around the rim; cast, open, foliate double-scroll handle with feathered decoration; repouss
Gift of the Honorable Perry Belmont
engraved: the Perry family crest, an anchor on fess below a hind's head, on one side and the inscription, "Presented to Commodore/ Matthew Calbraith Perry/ by the Chamber of Commerce and/ Merchants of New York" in script on the other side stamped: on the base: "WM GALE & SON/ NEW YORK" over "W/G/&/S" in an oval over, "1/55/8" in a diamond
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..."