Coffee pots have not always featured the handles and spouts
directly opposite one another. In fact, some of Europes earliest serving
vessels for coffee, chocolate, and tea featured the handle at a ninety-degree
angle to the spout. Around 1750, the offset handle fell out of fashion and
the configuration familiar to us today continued into the modern era. The
silver coffee pot seen here was made in Philadelphia, while the ceramic examples
were imported from England where large factories could produce fashionable
wares quite inexpensively.