Edward Winslow (American, 16691753), Maker
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
Silver; Overall: 9 1/8 x 6 3/4 x 5 13/16 in., 715.4 grams (23.2 x 17.1 x 14.8 cm, 23.001 troy ounces), Foot diam.: 3 15/16 in. (10 cm)
Bequest of Alphonso T. Clearwater, 1933 (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 (1674/751739), a Boston merchant and member of the Massachusetts legislature.