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


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.