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--  Posset Pots  --

While I never collected posset pots (because of their extremely high price tags) I certainly consider them falling under the umbrella of "ceramic feeders".


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 and ale and ceramics are never a great combination).

--  Ladies Spittoons  --

One area of collecting outside the umbrella of "ceramic feeders" that I developed interest in near the end of collecting was ladies spittoons.


I acquired one when I first started collecting ceramic feeders because of its similarities with feeding cups (small, having a handle and having a spout) and sadly for the longest time paid little to no attention to it (always kept on the lowest and darkest shelf of the display case). It was not until much later when deciding whether or not to keep it that I decided to acquire a second to display along side it.  Since that time I was hooked. 

For those interested in ladies spittoons here is a small related book that you might want to add to your reference library:   

--  Inhalers  --

Another area of collecting outside the umbrella of "ceramic feeders" that for some reason I developed an interest in near the later years of collecting was inhalers.


While admittedly the vast majority of ceramic inhalers are generic, plain, uninspiring and large there are some that are smaller and beautifully decorated and transfer-printed.


Similar to food warmers the search is what I enjoyed most - looking for complete sets with all their key components (i.e., bottle, top, cork and glass straw(s)). 


While I have no sense about how they work (which is laziness given many have the directions written on the bottles) they display wonderfully with everything else I collected (see inhaler examples below).


-- Related Organization --

The American Collectors of Infant Feeders is a relatively small organization that holds an annual convention each summer hosted by one or more of its members and publishes and distributes to active membership a quarterly newsletter entitled "Keeping Abreast".


The main purposes of the organization is the sharing of information and promotion of collecting infant feeders and related items.


For those interested in joining please note that "infant feeders and related items" covers alot of territory beyond just ceramic feeders.


This year's convention is planned to be held in early September 2019 and it is one that should not be missed given that the host is a collector of "ceramic feeders" and whose collection I have always wanted to see.

--  Website Content and Contact --

Nothing on this website should be considered absolute. Information shared is simply my opinion and what I have come to understand while collecting - right and wrong.


In addition, photos on this website are provided with educational purpose in mind and thus free to use without my permission.


Inquiries and questions are welcome and should be emailed to:  thefeederguy@pobox.com

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