Overall: 5 1/8 x 8 1/4 in. ( 13 x 21 cm ) Silver Weight: 15 oz (troy) 6 dwt (476 g)
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 st
Wrought silver presenation covered bonbon dish (missing glass insert); circular stand with repoussé chased floral decoration above the applied cast scroll design and four scroll and trefoil feet; band of pierced and chased foliate scroll and trefoils applied around the top of the stand; circular, domed cover with a molded rim and 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 cover 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; foliate star repoussé chased at the center of the cover and surmounted by a laurel wreath loop handle; makers' marks stamped on the base of the stand.
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
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.