Cocoa Cup

An image of a large white teacup with purple and green roses and a blue bow. It is sitting on a wood table.
Cocoa Cup from the Eldon House collection

Country of Origin: England
Year: ca. 1908-1913
Materials: Porcelain and paint 

Cocoa was a popular drink in the late 19th century inspired by the drop in sugar prices. Previously, hot chocolate was created by melting cocoa beans with sugar into a drink that was popular among the wealthy in Europe and North America. Hot chocolate would be drunk from smaller cups because it was so sweet and so expensive. With sugar prices at a more affordable rate, and technological advancements allowing cocoa powder to be created, hot cocoa becomes a more popular drink in the later half of the 19th century.

Unlike hot chocolate cups, hot cocoa cups could be larger, as pictured here. This cup was made by S. Fielding and Company. Based on the maker’s mark, this cup was likely produced between 1908-1913.