An antique sterling silver coffee pot with plain baluster shape and raised on a pedestal foot. Good chunky gadroon borders and graceful shaped spout. The lid has a pineapple finial. Weight 1001 grams, 32.1 troy ounces. Height 31.5 cm. Spread across spout and handle 21 cm. London 1773. Maker John Carter II.
Coffee and chocolate were established in England as part of social life by the end of the 17th century and coffee pots can be found from the 1680’s onwards. Initially, these tall form pots (as averse to the squatter teapot shape) were used for both coffee and chocolate however we term chocolate pots to be those with either a removable finial or removable lid for inserting a swizzle stick. We also nominate some early side handled pots as chocolate pots.