Chocolate pots are usually much bigger and we were initially baffled by this small-sized item until we did our research and found that it is indeed a Tete-a-tete chocolate pot, most likely for sharing a pot with a dear friend with a couple of demitasse cups.
This lovely pot has a swirled body with beautiful, repousséd and chased scenes of flowers blossoming amongst their stems and leaves. The hinged, domed cover is also nicely decorated and has a leaf thumb-piece. An attached shaped handle is covered with its apparently original rattan.
This very rare pot is marked with Gorham's trademark along with 'STERLING/ 3445' along with the date mark for 1889. It measures 5.75 inches high, weighs 7.30 troy ounces, has never been monogrammed, and is in excellent antique condition.
Gorham Archives image courtesy of the John Hay Library, Brown University.
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