While not collecting posset pots 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).
One area of collecting outside the umbrella of ceramic feeders that I developed an interest in along the way is 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 and was hooked ever since.
Another area of collecting outside the umbrella of ceramic feeders that I developed an interest in later on was inhalers.
While admittedly the vast majority are generic, plain, uninspiring and large there are some that are smaller and beautiful transfer-printed.
With no sense about how they work (which is laziness on my part given many have directions printed on them) they display wonderfully with everything else I collected.
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. The convention's host is a collector of ceramic feeders whose collection I have always wanted to see and admire.
People interested in joining and/or attending the convention should contact Charna at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Even though for the most part retired from active collecting I still have interest in acquiring a selective few that I still do not have for down the road donation purposes. It continues to be my intention to donate my collection and leading to that I want to to make my collection as complete, representative and encyclopedic as possible. Below is a sampling of shapes I am still interested in adding.
If you are a collector interested in finding a new home for your collection treasures, similar to those I have interest in, I ask that you please consider contacting me about the opportunity.
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