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Posset pot with lid, England, 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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To provide with food or nourishment

Glossary: earthenware

Pottery made of clay which is fired at a relatively low temperature. Earthenware is often semi-porous, meaning some liquid or air can pass through it. This can be altered by treating the pottery with a glaze.

Glossary: posset pot

A vessel for posset (hot milk curdled with ale or wine and seasoned with spices). Made in England in the 1700s and 1800s out of stoneware, tin-glazed earthenware, or glass.