Pots made to serve hot chocolate rather than coffee may be distinguished by a small hole in the lid covered by a sliding or detachable finial. When this hole is uncovered, a swizzle stick can be inserted to stir the hot chocolate and to remove the foam. This one is from 1774 and was made by Joseph-Théodore Van Cauwenbergh.

Text and image from The Walters Art Museum under a creative commons license.

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