This is a Chocolate Pot designed by Lucien Bonvallet in 1900. The Silver pot with Ivory Handle was used to make a Chocolate drink... Hot Chocolate. Chocolate was discovered in Mexico by the Spanish and brough back to Spain in 1528. Arriving on the scene in Europe 100 years before Coffee or tea it quickly gained popularity. Chocolate pots were designed from the simple to the ornate. Silver and pewter were embossed and decorated. The lid was hinged with decrative top and a hole for the stirrer to be inserted without loosing the heat from the drink.
The Chocolate Pot was introduced into the movies throughtout the early 1900's and was even put into opera.
Notes from New York Times September 26 2008