While researching beverage servers of the 1800's, I discovered the wonderful world of antique chocolate pots--like a coffee pot, only specifically designed for serving hot chocolate. They just don't serve hot chocolate the way they used to.
I was intrigued to find out that chocolate was so revered by the Aztecs that they used chocolate as both food and currency. Near the end of the XVIII century, Spanish explorers took chocolate back to Spain where it became the Kings' Official Drink in New Spain and Europe. Europeans began preparing chocolate with cream and sugar, creating what we know today as Hot Chocolate.
The first chocolate pots, like that of my heroine (shown above - 1852), were made of sterling silver, and sometimes copper. Similar to coffee pots, chocolate pots were designed with shorter spouts and did not have filters, though some had holes through the center of the lids for stir sticks. Ceramic chocolate pots gained popularity in the 1890's and 1900's, the leading manufacturer being Limoges, in France. Click on a ceramic pot to see more of these beautiful antique pots by Limoges.
I'm suddenly in the mood for a chocolate party :)