Silver, ivory, gilt
Overall: 8 1/4 x 9 x 5 in. ( 21 x 22.9 x 12.7 cm ) Silver Weight: 31 oz (troy) (964 g)
Mark: stamped on base: "STERLING" above a lion passant in a chamfered rectangle, an anchor in a rectangle and a "G" in gothic script in a chamfered rectangle over "690/ G"; bottom of each foot stamped [incuse] "3057". engraved: on front: overlapping, "J/
Spun and cast silver teapot in the Egyptian style with gilt decoration; matte-finished, circular urn-shaped body with a squared shoulder, a narrow cylindrical neck and a flared, applied, molded rim; matte-finished, hinged, low domed lid, incurved at the edge and surmounted by a gilt winged sphinx finial; squared strap handle with a cast, gilt female head with acanthus leaf crown on the side; fitted with six-sided ivory insulators; lower spear-head handle socket; top of handle attached to shoulder with a split scrolled flange; curved spout, cast in two pieces, with a chased, gilt thistle at the lower front and an applied, gilt acanthus leaf pendant at the lip; applied, cast, gilt pharaoh's heads between floral scrolls at the shoulder on the front and back; molded circular pedestal on four cast, gilt winged sphinx feet; engraved, "J/ R" overlapping; maker's marks on the base.
This teapot was part of a tea and coffee serviced presented to John Roach (1815-1887) on April 30, 1874 at a lavish gentlemen's dinner held at Delmonico's restaurant in New York City. Honored by eighty-two businessmen for "all he had done to revive American shipbuilding," Roach was regarded as a champion of the industry and its workers. The Roach presentation received extensive attention in contemporary newspapers. The New York Times described it as "a magnificent collection of plate, worthy in every way of the high reputation of the Gorham Manufacturing Company." Made in the years following Gorham's expansion, the service required the work of numerous specialist craftsmen with its construction taking more than sixty-four hours to complete.
Gift of the Children and Grandchildren of John Roach
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