Waste bowl

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Waste bowl
Silver, gilt
Overall: 4 x 5 1/2 in. ( 10.2 x 14 cm ) Silver Weight: 13 oz (troy) 3 dwt (409 g)
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1 874
Spun and cast silver waste bowl in the Egyptian style with gilt decoration; matte-finished, circular urn-shaped body with a molded rim; applied, cast, gilt pharaoh's heads between floral scrolls at the rim on the sides; molded circular pedestal on four cast, gilt winged sphinx feet; gilt interior; engraved, "J/ R" overlapping; maker's marks on the base.
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Gift of the Children and Grandchildren of John Roach
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This waste bowl 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.
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Creative: Tronvig Group