Dessert knives (35)

Object Number: 
1936.179
Date: 
1855
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/8 × 3/4 × 5/8 in. (20.6 × 1.9 × 1.6 cm) Silver Weight: 1 oz (troy) 8.3 dwt (44 g)
Marks: 
engraved: on the undersides of the handles: the Perry family crest, an anchor on fess below a hind's head stamped: on the blades: "Wm. GALE & SON" in roman letters
Description: 
One of a set of thirty-five silver dessert knives with wavy-end handles with foliate and knot decoration; undersides of the handles engraved with the Perry family crest, an anchor on fess below a hind's head; flat, curved end blades; makers' marks stamped on the blades.
Gallery Label: 
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..."
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Honorable Perry Belmont
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group