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Posset pot, England, 1661-1730

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. This ornate example has snakes on the handles and is decorated with groups of cherubs and birds.

Object number:

A106444

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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.