Overall: 2 3/4 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/8 in. ( 7 x 11.4 x 5.4 cm ) Silver Weight: 2 oz (troy) 4 dwt (68 g)
engraved: on the bowl: "M. C. P." in gothic script stamped: on the base: "W. G. & S" in a rectangle over "W/ G/ &/ S" in an oval over "1/ 55/ 8" in a diamond
Wrought silver presentation saltcellar; oval bowl raised to points at each end seated on a high oval pedestal foot with a beaded band around the rim; repoussé chased foliate and scroll cartouches around the Perry family crest, an anchor on fess below a hind's head, on one side of the body and the initials, "M. C. P." in gothic script on the other side; beaded band below the rim; two tapered strap handles applied to the sides; gilt interior; makers' marks stamped on the base.
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..."
Gift of the Honorable Perry Belmont
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