Solid Gold Spanish Mancerina
This artifact is from the Corrigan's Wreck,
part of the Spanish Plate Fleet that was struck by a hurricane along Florida's East Coast in 1715. Much of the
partaking of the tea was, and continues to be, an important social event in England. So was the serving of cocoa
in 18th century Spain.
This highly ornate solid gold
mancerina would have served as a tray to hold a single cup of cocoa. It is currently on exhibit at the Museum
of Florida History in Tallahassee. For more information on the Spanish Plate Fleets, please see