Overall: 4 3/4 x 13 x 8 3/4 in. ( 12.1 x 33 x 22.2 cm ) Silver Weight: 34 oz (troy) 2 dwt (1060 g)
Wrought silver presentation vegetable dish; shallow, ovoid bowl on a ovoid pedestal with applied cast scroll design and four scroll and trefoil feet; egg and dart rim and vertical bezel applied to the bowl; two cast floral strap handles applied at the ends; sides of the bowl engraved with 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; makers' marks stamped on the base.
Gift of the Honorable Perry Belmont
engraved: on the front center: "Presented to Commodore/ Matthew Calbraith Perry/ by the Chamber of Commerce and/ Merchants of New York" in script stamped: on the base: "WM GALE & SON/ NEW YORK" over "W/G/&/S" in an oval over, "1/53/8" 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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