Overall: 5 1/8 x 8 1/4 in. ( 13 x 21 cm ) Silver Weight: 15 oz (troy) 6 dwt (476 g)
Wrought silver presenation covered bonbon dish (missing glass insert); circular stand with repouss
Gift of the Honorable Perry Belmont
engraved: on the dome: 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..."
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