Overall: 1 5/8 x 29 1/2 x 18 5/8 in. ( 4.1 x 74.9 x 47.3 cm ) Silver Weight: 101 oz (troy) 15 dwt (3164 g)
engraved: in the center: "PRESENTED BY THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND MERCHANTS OF/ New York/ TO COMMODORE/ Matthew Calbrath Perry/ in acknowledgement of the signal services which/ he has rendered/ to AMERICA and to the WORLD, by/ his able and successful neg
Wrought and cast silver presentation salver; oval tray with raised sides with an applied egg and dart band; engraved band of foliate scrolls around the edge of the tray; engraved in the center with the the Perry family crest, an anchor on fess below a hind's head, above "PRESENTED BY THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND MERCHANTS OF/ New York/ TO COMMODORE/ Matthew Calbraith Perry/ in acknowledgement of the signal services which/ he has rendered/ to AMERICA and to the WORLD, by/ his able and successful negotiation of the TREATY with JAPAN." in script, gothic script and roamn letters; two cast double-scroll handles with feather and foliate decoration applied to the ends; 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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