Copper Chocolate Pot

Description
This is a copper chocolate pot with a removable lid. It is an example of an English Georgian chocolate pot, but was most likely made in the United States. The stepped lid has a small cover that pivots on a rivet for a molinillo (whisk) opening. It has a seamed and dovetailed body with an elongated, s-shaped spout attached the body at an angle. A long, wooden handle is fitted inside the copper cylinder and attached to the lower portion of the body with three brass rivets. During the 18th century, the preparing, serving and consuming of chocolate and coffee became a ritualistic affair for the middle classes. While it had been popular with upper classes for a century earlier, the desire to mimic the upper classes led to a proliferation of utensils and serving ware to enhance the experience.
Object Name
pot, chocolate
date made
1740-1760
Physical Description
copper (overall material)
wood (part: handle material)
brass (part: rivets material)
Measurements
overall: 8 in x 10 7/8 in x 3 7/8 in; 20.32 cm x 27.6225 cm x 9.8425 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
2014.0015.01
accession number
2014.0015
catalog number
2014.0015.01
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American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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