Asparagus tongs (4)

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Title:
Asparagus tongs (4)
Date: 
1855
Medium: 
Silver
Classification: 
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)
Date End: 
1 855
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
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..."
Date Begin: 
1855
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Creative: Tronvig Group