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, introduced into sixteenth-century Europe from Mexico, arrived in the North American colonies by the late seventeenth century. Exotic and expensive, it was served from a specialized pot with a removable finial, here in the form of an acorn. A molinet, or stirring rod, inserted through a hole in the cover, was used to whip the thick beverage prior to serving. The clean, smooth surface of this chocolate pot is bordered by gadrooned and fluted ornament in a manner characteristic of Baroque styling. It is engraved with the arms of Hutchinson, probably for Thomas Hutchinson (1674/75–1739), a Boston merchant and member of the Massachusetts legislature.