I was so amazed to find this set - six cups, six saucers, a chocolate pot and lid - without a single chip or hairline! The set is unmarked, but the mold and decoration is unmistakably Nippon, circa 1920.
The pot is 9 3/4" high with an ornate handle and decorated in burnt orange with panels of hand painted flowers and a lid with fancy finial. The spout has strainer holes as shown in the photo. It tapers elegantly toward the bottom to 5 1/2" at the widest point.
Each of the cups is 3" high and 2 1/2" across, hand painted with scalloped rims and delicate swirled handles. The matching saucers are 5" across.
Cocoa or drinking chocolate was not always the easily available mixture we have today. In the late 1700's and 1800's, drinking chocolate was served in elegant "Chocolate Houses" in European cities. Until the early 1900's, few middle class Americans had tasted hot chocolate - and of course, when they did, it became a sensation and a special treat.