While not a collector of posset pots they certainly fall under the umbrella of ceramic feeders in my opinion.
Posset pots are spouted two handled vessels from the 17th and 18th Century used to consume "posset', a beverage containing a cocktail mixture of curdled hot milk or beaten eggs, often including wine or ale, often spiced or sweetened, and often thickened with oatmeal or bread. They have lids to keep the contents warm with the floating custard portion eaten from the top with a spoon and the liquid lower portion sucked from the spout. They were most commonly made in slipware and delftware and a rare few in silver. Over time the shape of posset pots evolved from simple basic forms to more curvilinear vessels with elaborate ornamentation (too nice to use in my opinion). Needless to say it does not take much imagination to understand why most did not survive undamaged (i.e., wine, ale and ceramics are never a great combination).
One area outside the umbrella of ceramic feeders that I developed an interest in was transfer-printed ladies spittoons.
I acquired one early on because of its similarities to feeding cups (i.e., it had a handle, it had a spout, it was small) and upon realization of what it actually was paid little to no attention to it for the longest time (always kept on the lowest and darkest shelf of my display case).
It was not until much later when downsizing my collection and deciding what to keep that I decided to acquire a second to display with it - I was hooked ever since.
Another area outside the umbrella of ceramic feeders that I developed an interest in was transfer-printed inhalers.
While admittedly the vast majority are generic, plain, uninspiring and large there are some that are smaller, with matching lids and beautifully transfer-printed scenes of flora and birds.
With still no real sense on how they actually work (laziness on my part given most have directions printed right on them) they display wonderfully with all the other medical related items I collected.
The American Collectors of Infant Feeders (ACIF) is a small non-profit organization that holds an annual convention (generally in late summer) hosted by one or more of its membership and publishes a quarterly rather informal newsletter entitled "Keeping Abreast".
The organization's main purpose is the sharing of information and the promotion of collecting infant feeders and related items. For those interested it is important to note that "infant feeders and related items" covers alot of territory beyond ceramic feeders - one of the reasons I loose interest and don't participate as much as I might.
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