----  Posset Pots  ----

While not a collector of posset pots (I had to draw the line somewhere) they certainly fall 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).

----  Transfer-Printed Ladies Spittoons  ----

one area of collecting outside the umbrella of ceramic feeders that I did develop an interest in was transfer-printed ladies spittoons.


I acquired one early on when starting to collect because of its similarities to feeding cups (small, having a handle and having a spout) but sadly upon realizing what it really was 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 next to it - I was hooked ever since.

----  Transfer-Printed Inhalers  ----

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, have matching lids and are beautifully transfer-printed with scenes of flora and birds.


With still no real sense on how they work (laziness on my part given most have directions printed on them) they display wonderfully with everything else I collected.

----  Related Organization ----

 American Collectors of Infant Feeders (ACIF) is a small non-profit organization that holds annual conventions (generally in late summer), hosted by one or more of its members, and publishes a  quarterly, rather informal, newsletter entitled "Keeping Abreast".


The organization's stated purpose is the sharing of information and promotion of collecting infant feeders and related items. It needs to be pointed out, for those interested in joining, that "infant feeders and related items" covers alot of territory beyond simply ceramic feeders. 


---- Miscellaneous ----

Nothing reflected or found on this website should be considered authoritative or absolute. Information reflected is simply what I have come to believe, appreciate and/or understand while collecting - both right and wrong.


In addition, all images found on this website were posted for educational purpose and are free to copy and use without my permission as far as I am concerned.


During working hours I can be found at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).


My collection is always available for viewing by appointment to active ACIF membership.

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