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Coffee and tea service (9 pc.)

Object Number: 
1920.18a-n
Date: 
1873-1874
Medium: 
Silver, gilt
Dimensions: 
see individual records
Marks: 
Mark: on bases: Lion passant in rectangle; anchor in rectangle; "G" in square, "STERLING", and incuse "G" struck on underside of all components. With exception of tray, pieces also struck with one of three pattern numbers: "3057," "690," and "700". Coffee
Description: 
Spun and cast silver coffee and tea service in the Egyptian style with gilt decoration, consisting of a tray, hot water urn with stand and burner, coffee urn with stand and burner, a coffeepot, teapot, footed serving dish, sugar bowl, creamer and waste bowl; all hollowware pieces have matte-finished, circular urn-shaped bodies; urns, teapot and coffeepot have squared shoulders with narrow cylindrical necks with flared, applied, molded rims; matte-finished, low domed lids, incurved at the edges and surmounted by gilt winged sphinx finials; squared strap handles with cast, gilt female heads with acanthus leaf crowns on the sides; applied, cast, gilt pharaoh's heads between floral scrolls at the shoulders or rims (except for the creamer); molded circular pedestals on four cast, gilt winged sphinx feet (except for coffee urn); engraved, "J/ R" overlapping on each; maker's marks on bases.
Gallery Label: 
On April 30, 1874, John Roach (1815-1887) was presented with this tea and coffee service 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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Children and Grandchildren of John Roach
Provenance: 
Presented to John Roach (1815-1887), who married Emeline Johnson (ca. 1817-1895); probably to their daughter Sarah Elizabeth Roach (Mrs. William F. McPherson, 1843-1925), one of the donors.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group