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Coffee pots have not always featured the handles and spouts directly opposite one another. In fact, some of Europe’s 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.