Kettle stand and burner
Overall: 9 x 8 in. ( 22.9 x 20.3 cm ) Silver Weight: 35 oz (troy) 4 dwt (1094 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/ F" engraved: on front: overlapping, "J/ R"
Cast silver kettle stand and burner in the Egyptian style with gilt decoration; scalloped, matte-finished stand with a gilt rim rests on four gilt, winged sphinx feet; two cast, applied support arms wide at the base, tapering to a circle in the center with a gilt flower and widening above to a curved crest with ears to hold the kettle; two gilt, elongated teardrops in the centers of the support arms and two gilt beads at the base of each; silver ring attached to the interior of the arms which kettle rests on; applied urn-shaped burned in the center with a cylindrical flue through its center.
This kettle stand and burner 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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