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Ice tongs

Object Number: 
1936.93
Date: 
1855
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 7/8 x 2 1/4 x 7/8 in. ( 17.5 x 5.7 x 2.2 cm ) Silver Weight: 2 oz (troy) 1 dwt (63 g)
Marks: 
engraved: stamped: on the undersides of the stems: "Wm. GALE & SON" in roman letters
Description: 
silver ice tongs; bow-form with wavy-end arms with foliate decoration and hairy claw grips; arch engraved with the Perry family crest, an anchor on fess below a hind's head; makers' marks stamped on the inside of the arch.
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