Posset Pots Photos

Posset is an English hot spiced milk drink curdled with wine or ale with bread added. Posset was consumed in early America (17th and early 18th C). Posset Pots are recognized by double handles and spouts which come off the bottom of these covered pots. The bottom spout was required because the alcoholic liquid sat on the bottom, while a custard and curds floated in upper levels. It is said that spouts were often shared by all present.

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Tin-glazed earthenware posset pot for milk curdled with wine at DAR Memorial Continental Hall Museum. Washington, DC.Earthenware posset pot with Chinese figures from England at Yale University Art Gallery. New Haven, CT.Tin-glazed earthenware posset pot from England at Concord Museum. Concord, MA.Tin-glazed earthenware posset pot from Bristol, England at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA.
Tin-glazed earthenware posset pot (c1690) for milk curdled with wine at DAR Memorial Continental Hall Museum. Washington, DC.Earthenware posset pot with Chinese figures (c1650-1700) from England at Yale University Art Gallery. New Haven, CT.Tin-glazed earthenware posset pot (1705-10) from England at Concord Museum. Concord, MA.Tin-glazed earthenware posset pot (c1690) from Bristol, England at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA.
White posset pot for mix of curdled milk & wine beside ewer painted with peacock both from England at Buttolph-Williams House. Wethersfield, CT.Ceramic posset pot at Joshua Hempstead House. New London, CT.Redware posset pot to sip liquid below soggy bread upper posset layer at Shelburne Museum. Shelburne, VT.Silver posset pot by Jeremiah Drummer of Boston at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA.
White posset pot (18th C) for mix of curdled milk & wine beside ewer painted with peacock (18th C) both from England at Buttolph-Williams House. Wethersfield, CT.Ceramic posset pot at Joshua Hempstead House. New London, CT.Redware posset pot (1830) to sip liquid below soggy bread upper posset layer at Shelburne Museum. Shelburne, VT.Silver posset pot (aka spout cup) (c1680-1700) by Jeremiah Drummer of Boston at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA.
Tin-glazed earthenware posset pot from Lambeth, England at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Tin-glazed earthenware double-covered posset pot from London, England at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.

Tin-glazed earthenware posset pot (1700-25) from Lambeth, England at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Tin-glazed earthenware double-covered posset pot (c1720) from London, England at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.


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