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Teakettle

Object Number: 
1936.37
Date: 
1855
Medium: 
Silver, ivory
Dimensions: 
Overall: 11 3/4 x 10 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. ( 29.8 x 26.7 x 19 cm ) Silver Weight: 45 oz (troy) 5 dwt (1407 g)
Marks: 
engraved: on the body: 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
Description: 
Wrought and cast silver presentation teakettle with a bulbous, urn-shaped body with 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 body 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; incurved neck with an egg and dart band applied around the rim; hinged, circuler, domed lid surmounted by a cast foliate finial; cast, three part, bail handle in the form of a grape vine with ivory insulators separating the sections; cast and applied handle sockets and joints in the form of grape vines and leaves wrap around the shoulder; cast, s-curve spout in the form of a grape vine with a notched lip; body seated on a stepped pedestal with an egg and dart band around the joint and the footring; cylindrical hinges applied to opposite sides of the foot (base missing); makers' marks stamped on the base.
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