Posset pot with Chinese decoration

1701-1750 in Netherlands

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Large tin glazed earthenware posset pot, Chinese decoration, Dutch, 1701-1750

A popular treatment for colds and other minor illnesses, posset was traditionally made from hot milk curdled with ale or wine and could be thickened with breadcrumbs. Spices were sometimes also added. Posset pots generally have two handles and a spout through which the mixture can be sucked , although the mixture could be spooned out for those less able to feed themselves. Such pots could also be used to feed soup to a patient or help them take in fluids. Dutch posset pots tend to be straight sided and this is a typical example.

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Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
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posset pot
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • drinking vessel

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