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Object Name: Creamer
Date: 1874
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Medium: Silver, gilt
Dimensions: Overall: 7 1/2 × 5 3/4 × 3 1/4 in., 11 oz (troy) 8.3 dwt (19.1 × 14.6 × 8.3 cm, 355 g)
Place made: North America, United States, Providence
Description: Spun and cast silver creamer in the Egyptian style with gilt decoration; matte-finished, circular urn-shaped body with a flared, applied, plain gilt pouring rim, high and pointed in the back with a low wide lip at front; squared strap handle with a cast, gilt female head with acanthus leaf crown on the side; molded circular pedestal on four cast, gilt winged sphinx feet; gilt interior; engraved, "J/ R" overlapping; maker's marks on the base.
Credit Line: Gift of the children and grandchildren of John Roach
Object Number: 1920.18m
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Marks: 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"; bottom of each foot stamped: [incuse] "3057"; engraved on front: overlapping, "J/ R"

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This creamer 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.