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Object Name: Hot dish cover
Date: 1855
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Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Overall: 8 1/4 x 23 7/8 x 9 1/8 in. ( 21 x 60.6 x 23.2 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Wrought and cast silver presentation hot dish cover for a fish platter; oval cover with a raised domed center, molded rim, and repoussé chased foliate and scroll cartouches around 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; cast laurel wreath loop handle with a feathered scroll joint screwed through the center of the dome; makers' marks stamped on the base.
Credit Line: Gift of the Honorable Perry Belmont
Object Number: 1936.18
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Marks: engraved: in the front center cartouche: "Presented to Commodore/ Matthew Calbraith Perry/ by the Chamber of Commerce and/ Merchants of New York" in script stamped: on the underside of the dome: "WM GALE & SON/ NEW YORK" over "W/G/&/S" in an oval over, "1/53/8" in a diamond

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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..."