Posset pot with lid

1701-1800 in England

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Polychrome tin glazed earthenware posset pot, English, 1701-1800

Used to drink a mixture called posset, this pot is made from tin-glazed earthenware. A popular remedy for colds, posset was made from hot milk curdled with ale or wine and could be thickened with breadcrumbs. Spices were 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 a patient soup or help them take in fluids.

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Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
posset pot
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • drinking vessel
Loan, Wellcome Trust

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