German chocolate pot

My grandmother’s grandmother lived in Germany in the late 1800s. Her name was Augusta Hermele. In the 1880s my great great grandmother Augusta left Germany to come to America. She didn’t bring many things with her, because it was hard to bring a lot when traveling on a steamship, filled with many other immigrants. One of the things she brought with her was a gold and green porcelain chocolate pot. This item was incredibly important to Augusta, because it reminded her of home. After August died, the pot was passed to my grandmother’s aunt and then eventually to my grandmother. My grandma knew how important this pot was to Augusta, so this made it very important to my grandmother, because Augusta died when my grandmother was just a child. Not only is this pot very important to my family, but it is also a beautiful antique. To me this pot represents Augusta, my grandmother and the connection between them. Additionally it reminds me of how much my family enjoys drinking hot chocolate in the winter time. Augusta’s history was lost when she passed away. She was completely forgotten by everyone except her children and her friends. After they passed away, it was as if she had never existed. There is only one physical connection left to her, in the world today, that is the chocolate pot. 

Place(s): Germany

– Emmett Doty

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more