limoges chocolate pot 1940's: gourmetsleuth
A chocolate pot is a porcelain or metal container which was designed to serve hot chocolate.
Article by: Barbara Bowman
The Chocolate Pot
A chocolate pot is a container which was designed to serve hot chocolate. The typical pot had a right-angle handle, a lid with an apature which allow a wooden stirrer (molinet, molinillo). The earliest chocolate pots were made of precious metals such as silver and copper. Later porcelain pots were popularized by the Limoges factory in France.
ocolate was so revered it was used by the Aztecs as both a food and currency. The Spanish explorers were so enamored with the flavor that they took chocolate back to Spain where it became the the Kings' Official Drink in the New Spain and Europe. Around the end of the XVIII century(1780 - 1800) , Europeans started preparing chocolate with milk and sugar to create what we know today as Hot Chocolate. In fact the drink became so popular many of the leading European porcelain manufactures such as Limoges in France began making specialized pots and cups just to serve chocolate.photo by: tburns - limoges, france chocolate cups and pot
The photograph above is a nice exampe of a chocolate set made by Haviland, Limoges. Sets normally included a pot, cups, and many times matching saucers, trays. These sets are still manufactured today. The antique and vintage pieces have become quite collectable and valuable.
Chocolate Pots Made of Precious Metals
silver chocolate pot, 1852. photo by: lincolnshire council archives
Early chocolate pots, prior to the discovery of kaolin porcelain in France were typically made of sterling silver and sometimes copper. Earliest pieces typically included the chocolate stirrer but later pieces became simply pouring vessels.
Distinguishing A Chocolate Pot From A Coffee Pot
It is difficult to tell the difference between a coffee pot and a chocolate pot. The two features to look at are the spout on the exterior of the pot and the inside of the spout. Coffee pot spouts are typically long and sometimes arched. A chocolate pot has a fairly short spout. The inside of a coffee pot just before the spout typically has a filter (a small partition with holes) that keeps grounds from getting into the cup. A chocolate pot would not have the filter.
We sell new and vintage chocolate pots and sets. The selection changes as they become available.
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