TheFeederGuy
TheFeederGuy 

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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 an interest in towards the end was ladies spittoons.

 

I admittedly acquired one when first collecting because of its similarities to feeding cups (small, having a handle and having a spout) and sadly for the longest time paid little to no attention to it afterwards (always kept on the lowest and darkest shelf of the display case) because it wasn't a feeding cup.

 

It was not until much later when deciding whether or not to keep it I decided to acquire a second to display along side it. 

 

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 whatever reason I also developed an interest in towards the end was inhalers.

 

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

 

While I have no sense about how they actually work (which is laziness given many have the directions printed 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 will be held on September 12-14, 2019 in North Carolina and is one that should not be missed. Its host is a collector of "ceramic feeders" whose collection is very impressive.

 

People interested in joining and attending the 2019 convention should contact Charna Sansbury at bottlemiss@aol.com (and tell them TheFeederGuy sent you).

--  Content , Contact  & Interest --

Nothing found on this website should be considered absolute. Information shared is simply what I have come to understand and appreciate over the years collecting - right or wrong.

 

In addition, photos posted are with educational intent and, as far as I am concerned, free to copy and use without permission.

 

Website inquiries and questions can be sent to thefeederguy@pobox.com.

 

I still have interested in acquiring blue & white transfer-printed bubby pots for my collection for those interested in selling theirs.

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