A rare early antique silver chocolate pot with straight tapering sides and domed lid typical of the period. Britannia standard silver. Side handle. Large size and good weight. The top has a removable central cover so that the chocolate can be stirred. Weight 902 grams, 29 troy ounces. Height 27 cms. Diameter of base 11 cms. London 1711. Maker Anthony Nelme.
This handsome pot is in excellent condition with no damage or restoration. Excellent colour and weight. Full silver hallmarks to the side of the body which are still clear and able to be read easily. No marks on the lid or stopper - this is to be expected with a piece of this age. The engraved coat of arms is still crisp.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
Britannia Standard. In 1696, so extensive had become the melting and clipping of coinage that the silversmiths were forbidden to use the sterling standard for their wares, but had to use a new higher standard, 95.8 per cent. New hallmarks were ordered, “the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia (or Hibernia)” and the lion’s head erased (torn off at the neck) replacing the lion passant and the leopard’s head crowned. This continued until the old standard of 92.5 per cent was restored in 1720. Britannia standard silver still continues to be produced even today.