While not collecting 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).
One area of collecting outside the umbrella of ceramic feeders that I did develope an interest in along the way was 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.
Another area of collecting outside the umbrella of ceramic feeders I developed an interest in along the way was ceramic 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.
The American Collectors of Infant Feeders (ACIF) is a relatively small club with membership nationwide that holds an annual convention each late summer or early fall hosted by one or more of its members and also publishes and distributes to active members a quarterly newsletter entitled "Keeping Abreast".
The stated purposes of the organization is the sharing of information and promotion of collecting infant feeders and related items.
For those interested in learning more and possibly joining note that "infant feeders and related items" covers alot of territory beyond ceramic feeders.
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It continues to be my intention to donate my collection when and if the right opportunity presents itself. It is for this reason that I continue to have interest in finding a select handful of items so my collection is representative. Collectors looking to find new homes for their most prized collection items are encouraged to contact me about the opportunity and see if I have an interest.