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This pot belongs to a family in the lower Northern Neck. They think it was intended for hot chocolate. It is marked Theodore Haviland, Limoges, France. Above the name is a large “W” in a garland of olive branches and ribbons. The condition is perfect, and the gold-leafing is not worn.
The family also has other pieces in the same pattern.
Indeed this piece is a chocolate pot, and dates from the late nineteenth or early-twentieth century. The pattern appears to be Apple Blossom, and the good condition of the gold-leaf indicates that it has had little use.
As I like to say, Theodore Haviland is the Cadillac of Limoges china. Limoges is a city in France with a number of porcelain factories, Theodore Haviland being the pre-eminent one. Being marked “France” makes possible dating the piece to after 1891 when the international convention required items to be marked as to country of origin. The “W” refers to the jewelry store that offered it for sale.
Having other pieces in the same pattern is not surprising in that this pattern was one of Haviland’s most popular, with pieces in all sorts of breakfast, luncheon and dinner wares. Unfortunately, many pieces of fine French china have become chipped or cracked over the years, making ones in good condition all the more valuable.
As an individual item this chocolate pot is worth $75. Other pieces in the same pattern likely would be worth less individually, but a complete service for twelve could be well over $1,000. Missing pieces in the same pattern possibly could be found at Replacements Ltd. in North Carolina, or online by searching for Theodore Haviland, or Apple Blossom china.
A final word, all good china always should be hand-washed, and NEVER placed in the dishwasher. This piece has survived in such good condition because it has been cared for properly. Be sure to continue to keep it that way.