Silver, ivory, gilt
Overall: 10 3/8 x 11 1/2 x 9 7/8 in. ( 26.4 x 29.2 x 25.1 cm ) Silver Weight: 49 oz (troy) 5 dwt (1531 g)
Spun and cast silver coffee urn 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, low domed lid, incurved at the edge and surmounted by a gilt winged sphinx finial; two squared strap handles with cast, gilt female heads with acanthus leaf crowns on the sides; base of the handles are spear-headed; tops of handles attach to the shoulder with split scrolled flanges; applied, cast, gilt pharaoh's heads between floral scrolls at the shoulder on the front and back; molded circular pedestal with four rectangular notches sits into the stand; cylindrical spigot applied to the lower front with matte cartouches on the sides and cast flowers in ovals below the tap; gilt, pharaoh's bust spigot finial screwed over an ivory insulator into a octagonal beaded tap with two ovoid grips at the sides; engraved, "J/ R" overlapping, above the spigot; maker's marks on the base.
Gift of the Children and Grandchildren of John Roach
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" engraved: on front: overlapping, "J/ R"
This coffee and tea service was presented to John Roach in recognition of his development of iron ship building in the United States on April 30, 1874.
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