Posset pot, tin glazed earthenware, with monogram and date, English, 1651
Posset, made from hot milk curdled with ale or wine, and sometimes thickened with breadcrumbs, was drunk as a popular remedy for colds. Spices could also be added to the mixture. This pot was used to store posset and is made from tin-glazed earthenware. The design of this posset pot, with its straight sides and two handles, is typical of those made in London. The initials “MTD” painted either side of the spout may indicate either the owner or the pot’s maker.