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Asparagus tongs (4)

Asparagus tongs (4)
Title
Asparagus tongs (4)
Date 
1855
Medium 
Silver
Dimensions 
each overall: 9 3/4 x 3 1/8 x 1 3/4 in. ( 24.8 x 7.9 x 4.4 cm ) Silver Weight: 42) 6 oz (troy) 9 dwt (200 g)
Description 
silver asparagus tongs; bow-form with wavy-end arms with foliate decoration; one grip in form of a spoon with pointed oval bowl and leaf decoration; other grip in the form of a fork with pointed shoulders and four wide tines; 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.
Credit Line 
Gift of the Honorable Perry Belmont
Object Number 
1936.40-43
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
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..."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group