While not a collector of posset pots (mostly because of their high price tags - should you find one in great condition to purchase) they certainly fall under the "ceramic feeder" umbrella.
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 slowly developed an interest in was transfer-printed ladies spittoons.
I acquired my first one very early believing it to be a feeding cup as it was described when purchased and upon later realization what it actually was paid little to no attention to it for the longest time.
It was not until much later when downsizing my collection and deciding what to keep vs not that I decided to acquire another to display next to it and see what I thought. While one can obviously go crasy collecting these my criteria in collecting them was that it needed to be blue & white transfer printed and needed to have either a spout and/or a handle.
Another area outside the "ceramic feeder" umbrella that I developed an interest in were transfer-printed inhalers.
While admittedly the vast majority are generic, plain, uninspiring and large there are some that are smaller, with matching lids and with transfer-printed scenes of flora and/or birds.
With still no real sense on how they work (laziness on my part given some have directions printed right on them) they display wonderfully with all my other medical related ceramics.
The American Collectors of Infant Feeders (ACIF) is a small non-profit organization that holds annual conventions in late summer hosted by its membership and publishes a extremely informal quarterly newsletter. The organization's stated purposes are the sharing of information and the promotion of collecting.
It must be noted however that the organization's focus encompasses all things feeder related with heavy emphasis on feeding bottles. Their website can be found at: www.acif.org.
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To that same extent, all images found on this website were posted with educational intent and thus free to copy and/or use without my permission.
I still have interest in adding examples of blue & white transfer printed bubby pots, infant sucking pots and ladies spittoons to my collection. If you have any for sale that are in perfect condition I would appreciate learning about the opportunity.
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