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Heartwings

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iconnumber posted 02-02-2016 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Heartwings     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is this a chocolate set? It is marked Nippon and described as a "tea set" which I think it is obviously not. (Sadly it is not mine, but I would not mind owning it!) I'm curious about the extra pieces, am I correct in assuming they are a sugar & creamer (so it could also be used for coffee, I assume, is it a coffee/espresso set??? or did people once add sugar & cream to hot chocolate to taste???) What is the larger open piece, a spooner or maybe it had a lid & that's missing? I can't see serving whipped cream in it (did people add that to hot chocolate back them?). There is a piece that looks like a mustard pot, would that be for jam and what about the shaker? I have seen sets similar to this that come w/ one shaker- what was commonly put in it when the set was used for hot chocolate- dry cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg? OK, I know, you use pieces for whatever you want, but I am curious about the original intended use of the pieces. Thanks for any insight!

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seaduck

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iconnumber posted 02-02-2016 09:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for seaduck     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's hard to make out the size/scale of the cups, but the proportions suggest they are small. If so, I would guess that it's a demitasse set -- typically for after-dinner half cups of coffee in the pre-decaf and pre-espresso days. I'm not sure about the additional pieces -- is the one in the lower right a spouted pot for cream? I'm not sure about the shaker, but think that cinnamon is a good possibility.

You might also look into chickory sets -- I think chickory demanded additional additives.

Demitasse sets were pretty common up through the 1960s, even the '70s. I've seen the cups repurposed for special desserts and also for appetizer/hors d'oeuvres portions of chilled soups.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 02-03-2016 02:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The tall pot looks like a coffee pot and does not look like a creamer as the seller indicates. The shaker could be for salt or pepper and the two other bowls without a tray could be for sugar. One is simply missing its lid. The bowl with a tray could be for serving something that one wants to stay warm, but does not really go with the rest of the items. It think the creamer is just missing.

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taloncrest

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iconnumber posted 02-04-2016 08:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for taloncrest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you just had the tall pot and the cups and saucers, I'd consider it a chocolate set. In old Noritake sets pots with spouts like this are considered such. I think the other pieces are just additions, or remnants of a larger set in the same pattern. I'd think the covered piece with the attached stand is a jam pot, although those usually have a slot for the ladle.
The other pieces are just a shaker, a demitasse sugar bowl, and a standard size sugar bowl. I'm wondering if the top on the jam pot might fit that larger sugar bowl. That would explain why I don't see the expected slot in it. The cups and saucers might be from a demitasse set, but it is hard to tell the difference sometimes, although chocolate cups tend to be a bit taller.

[This message has been edited by taloncrest (edited 02-04-2016).]

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