Mystery piece of china--can you help identify?
I inherited what I'm told is a hot chocolate set. All I know about it is that my grandmother handpainted it at some point in her high school years. There's a small pitcher and a few tiny cups and saucers. And then there's the mystery trough. No one can figure out what it was used for. It looks as though it might have held sugar cubes, but would sugar be added to hot chocolate separately?
Here's the set:
and here's the trough:
Any guesses as to what this might be or what it was used for?