A rare early antique silver chocolate pot with straight tapering sides and domed lid typical of the period. Britannia standard silver*. Wooden side handle. Large size and good weight. The top has a removable finial so that the chocolate can be stirred by inserting a swizel stick, the spout has a hinged flap. Hand engraved to the front is an armorial within a decorative cartouche. Contains 940 ml. Weight 762 grams, 24.5 troy ounces. Height 25 cms. Diameter of top 7.5 cms, base 10.7 cms. London 1723. Maker John Hugh Le Sage.
Biography – John Hugh Le Sage, apprenticed to Lewis Coney 1708, free 1718, First mark entered as largeworker 1718. 2nd (sterling) mark 1722. 3rd and 4th marks entered 1739