Before the invention of the dripolator, percolator and the expresso machine, the roasted and ground coffee beans were placed in a pot, and hot water was added, to infuse the water with the coffee. After the coffee had brewed it was ready for pouring, a similar process to that used to make tea now. It was not until the invention of the percolator in the late 19th century, that use of the coffee pot began to decline. From the early 18th century to the end of the 19th century, coffee pots were produced in silver, silver plate and by most of the major ceramics producers who produced dinnerware, including Wedgwood, Royal Worcester and Belleek.
An early Georgian style silver coffee pot, plain tapering cylindrical body raised on a circular spreading foot, domed lid, carved ebony scroll handle, faceted spout. Sheffield 1896 by Mappin Bros. 575gms. Height 24 cm
A sterling silver coffee pot, 1938 Birmingham, with maker's mark for Adie Bros Ltd, a faceted tapering pot with a domed lid of conforming design with a mushroom cap timber finial, a timber bracket handle and raised on a low stepped base; hallmarked to
A George II sterling silver tapering coffee pot by Edward Wood, London, 1746 engraved with a contemporary coat of arms within cartouche and motto 'Gang Forward', 23 cm high, The arms are those of Stirling impaling Scarlett. The houses of Stirling and Scarl
A William IV sterling silver fluted coffee pot by Paul Storr, London 1836 with engraved anthemion decoration, contemporary coat of arms, and flower finial marked by John Samuel Hunt, 22 cm high, 820 grams, The Arms are those of Lambeth
A Georgian silver coffee Biggin pot by John Wakelin & Robert Garrard, London 1800, of restrained tapered form with sycamore handle, cup and cover knop, laurel moulded rim fluted detail on spout, 21.5 cm high 481 grams
A Victorian silver coffee pot, chased and embossed with floral and scroll decoration, lid with thistle finial, scroll handle with ivory insulator, on four scroll feet. Engraved with lion crest and 'Dum Spiro Spero', Martin Hall & Co Ltd, Sheffi
Early Victorian sterling silver coffee pot hallmarked London 1839 (John Edward Terry), retailed by Wordley & Mayer, Liverpool, 25 cm high, 985 grams Provenance: Brian Eggleton Collection, notes included
George III sterling silver coffee pot neo-classical vase shape with bright cut bands, engraved presentation inscription to the Rev Walter McAlpine, on concave circular base, Edinburgh, 1799, maker, Francis Howden
George III sterling silver coffee pot baluster shape, lid with vase finial, embossed scroll and foliate decoration, rattan bound scroll handle on fluted circular foot, London, 1783, maker, Thomas Wallis
A George III silver coffee pot, John Swift / London / 1762, the body engraved with a large armorial crest, the base of the fluted circular foot bearing the inscription 'The gift of John & Mary de Jersey to their God Daughter/ Mary Frances Robery 1763/ J.A.
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