Overall: 4 3/4 x 31 1/4 x 20 in. ( 12.1 x 79.4 x 50.8 cm )
Cast and wrought silver presentation tray; flat oval tray with an image of John Roach's ship works engraved in the center above the engraved initials, "J/R" superimposed in foliate script and below the engraved inscription, "PRESENTED/ TO/ JOHN ROACH./ April 30th 1874./ IN RECOGNITION OF HIS EMINENT SERVICES TO THE COMMERCIAL/ INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES IN DEVELOPING AND SUSTAINING/ IRON SHIP BUILDING." in roman letters; foliate scroll border with the names of his clients engraved inside around the edge; two medallions at the ends with images of his ship works; applied sides with molded edges and foliate scroll pierce work in the center; sides raised in the centers to an gee with gilt images of iron ships on the sides and two foliate scroll strap handles applied to the ends; maker's mark stamped on the base.
Gift of the Children and Grandchildren of John Roach
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" engraved: in center of tray: "PRESENTED/ JOHN ROACH./ April 30, 1874./ IN RECOGNITION OF HIS EMINENT SERVICES TO THE COMMERCIAL/ INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES IN DEVELOPING AND SUSTAINING/ IRON SHIP BUILDING"
This coffee and tea service was presented to John Roach on April 30, 1874 in recognition of his development of iron ship building in the United States.
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