Coffee pot, 1681-2

Coffee pot, 1681-2

Coffee pot
London
1681-2 (hallmarked)
Silver, engraved, with leather-covered handle
Height 25 cm, Width 21.5 cm (including handle and spout) Diameter 12.3 cm (base)
Museum no. M.398-1921

The coffee pot was one of a series of new vessels developed by European silversmiths for the imported drinks of tea, coffee and chocolate. A tapered cylindrical form of pot was originally used for both coffee and chocolate. By the 18th century the spout was often placed at right angles to the handle on coffee and chocolate pots.

The engraving on the coffee pot reveals that this was a gift to the East India Company. Founded in 1600, the English East India Company was incorporated by royal charter to develop trade with India and East Asia.