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Fish serving forks (2)

Object Number: 
1936.96
Date: 
1855
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 1/8 × 1 3/4 × 3/4 in. (25.7 × 4.4 × 1.9 cm) Silver Weight: 3 oz (troy) 10.1 dwt (109 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 undersides of the stems: "Wm. GALE & SON" in roman letters
Description: 
One of a pair of silver fish serving forks with hollow, wavy-end handles cast in vertical hallves with foliate decoration and molded handle sockets; handles engraved with the Perry family crest, an anchor on fess below a hind's head; diamond form stems and four curved tines on each with all over foliate engraving; makers' marks stamped on the undersides of the stems.
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