We recently received a question from a reader, and though were not really updating the blog at this point, I still thought I would post it. The reader was curious about the type of vessels that were used for serving and drinking coffee/chcolate in the 18th-century.
I posed the question to Associate Curator of Textiles & Historic Interiors, who was heavily involved in the Coffeehouse project. Heres what she had to say:
In the 18th-century, coffeepots were made from pewter, silver, tin, and copper. At Richard Charlton's Coffeehouse, we show reproduction pots that are made of tin and copper. We also have an antique silver coffeepot in the Dining (southeast) room. As for serving chocolate, there are reproduction copper chocolate pots with wooden handles in the Coffee (southwest) room.
Coffee and chocolate were served in a variety of ceramics, from saltglazed stoneware, to creamware, to earthenware, to porcelain. Of particular note at the Coffeehouse are the reproduction Chinese export porcelain coffee cans, which were reproduced based on archaeological shards found on the site.
You may also want to check out a few related links:
- Here is our last blog entry on the coffeehouse interior. It has some excellent images, a few of which show serving vessels in the background - http://research.history.org/Coffeehouse/Blog/index.cfm/2009/12/22/The-completed-interior
- Here is a Colonial Williamsburg slideshow of a wide variety of coffee and chocolate pots - http://www.history.org/media/slideshows/coffeepot_slideshow/
- Finally, though its not related to serving vessels, the Foundation has posted a slideshow which shows the historic area after the recent snow, and includes several photos of the Coffeehouse - http://history.org/media/slideshows/snow_slideshow/