In 1521, during the conquest of Mexico, the Spanish conquistadors discovered cacao seeds, from which cocoa and cocoa butter, the basis for chocolate, are extracted. They took them back home to Spain, where new recipes were developed. About 100 years later, the drink spread throughout Europe and the Europeans began adding sugar and cream to their hot chocolate. Chocolate pots were popular between about 1700 and 1800, and in style similar to a coffee pot , except that they included a small additonal secondary lid attached to the main lid, so that a rod called a molinet could be inserted into the pot to stir the chocolate before pouring. The handle is often set at right angles to the spout to facilitate pouring, and like a tea or coffee pot, may be insulated from the body of the pot.
A matched pair of silver coffee and chocolate pots by Elkington & Co., London 1900 and 1903, of faceted tapered form, the domed-hinged cover with bell finial, both with wood scroll handle and reeded foot, total weight 895 grams, both 18 cm high. Together w
A pair of Edwardian silver chocolate pots, tapering cylindrical shape with flaring bases, curved spouts and with plain ebony side handles, the hinged cover with ebony finials. Birmingham 1903 by Boardman, Glossop & Co. Ltd
19th century Dutch silver chocolate pot, maker's mark underneath, lion Passant.833/1000 with export key. Rich decoration of village scene with traders and flying birds, also windmill and church scene with figures and with upstanding lion finial. Height 23
A Georgian sterling silver chocolate pot with turned wood handle and engraved crest. Believed to have been previously owned by the Duchess of St. Albans. Rebecca Eames & Edward Barnard, London 1811. Weight: 380g including the handle. Height 15 cm
Unique and rare Dutch silver hot chocolate pot, c. 1853-1859, elaborately embossed all over with birds, foliate, swags and crowns detail. a bearded seaman as the spout, four legs with lion's head and claw on ball feet. Weight 376g
A pair of sterling silver chocolate pots maker's mark Barker Brothers, Chester, circa 1907, the pair of cylindrical tapering form with engraved armorial crest to front and with ebonised handles, 576grs total weight of silver, 16.5 cm high.
A pair of Wonderful sterling silver chocolate pots, Philip Whiteman, Birmingham. 1917/18, the bud finial hinged lid above a nine sided tapering body with an elegant single spout and well turned wooden handle. Supported on a four cabriole legs with scroll f
Victorian sterling silver chocolate pot, London 1848 modelled with a button knop, leading to a shaped hinged lid, and a reeded scrolled handled fitted to one side, leading to raised flowering tendril vines and a pierced lobed octagonal foot. Height 12.5 cm
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