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Chocolate Pot

Maker:
Edward Winslow (1669–1753)
Date:
1700–1710
Geography:
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 9 1/8 x 6 3/4 x 5 13/16 in. (23.2 x 17.1 x 14.8 cm); 23 oz. (715.4 g) Foot: Diam. 3 15/16 in. (10 cm)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Bequest of Alphonso T. Clearwater, 1933
Accession Number:
33.120.221
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 750
Chocolate pots are distinguished by a small hole in the lid where a stirring rod could be inserted while the cover remained closed, keeping the contents warm. The removable acorn finial, attached by a chain, provides the opening. The Hutchinson arms engraved on the side are probably those of Thomas Hutchinson, a Boston merchant and member of the Massachusetts legislature.
Inscription: engraved on body to left of spout: [arms and crest of Hutchinson]

Marking: marked on body to left of handle and cover to left of thumbpiece: EW / fleur de lis (in shaped surround)
Said to have belonged to Thomas Hutchinson (1674/5–1739), Boston, MA; said to have descended in the Hutchinson family; Alphonso T. Clearwater, bequest to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1933.
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