English Posset Pot

An early 18th century Bristol delft posset pot. Posset pots belong to a group of specialized drinking vessels made in the seventeenth and early eighteenth century that are of particular interest to delft collectors. Posset was made of a mixture of cream, eggs, ale or spirits and spices, which curdled and then separated allowing the whey to be sipped through the straw-like spout. It was a popular drink at celebrations such as weddings and was passed hand to hand and shared among the guests. It was also commonly used as a "restorative", for the infirm. Common elements are the two large handles and the "spout" emanating from the base of the vessel, also a cover with a finial. Most are in blue and white, but a few rare examples such as this one are decorated in polychrome. The popularity of posset declined rapidly as the eighteenth century began so these vessels frequently represent among the earlier forms available to the collector.

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Delft Jug

A superb late 17th century German tin glazed silver mounted Enghalskrug jug or ewer decorated with tavern scenes in reserves against a flower strewn robins egg ground.

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Spit Engine

A fine late 17th century or early 18th century English brass spit engine by Pearson of Bristol. The face place with punched decoration and the markers name. It has it's original wheel, crank handle, and period weight.

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Rush Light

A late 17th century English white smith worked iron rush light holder with a foliate engraved handle, mounted on an octagonal wooden base.

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