9518
George III Silver Coffee Pot

Date: 1771

Maker: Daniel Smith And Robert Sharp

Country: England

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A handsome antique sterling silver coffee pot of baluster form and raised on a pedestal foot. Elegant plain style and graceful shaped spout. Uninscribed. Contains 1000 ml. Weight 864 grams, 27.7 troy ounces. Height 27 cm. Spread across spout and handle 23 cm. London 1771. Maker Smith & Sharp.

Literature. By the 17th century, coffee was becoming popular across the continent and by the mid-17th century, there were over 300 coffee houses in London attract patrons including merchants, shippers, brokers and artists. Many businesses grew out of these specialized coffee houses. Lloyd's of London, for example, came into existence at the Edward Lloyd's Coffee House. Coffee and chocolate were established as part of social life by the end of the 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.

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