English posset pot, made by Thomas Dakin, 1710.
Posset was a nourishing, curdled drink served to new mothers, the infirm, and the elderly.
The drink is made from milk beaten with eggs, sugar, and spices and curdled with ale or wine, but bread could be added to thicken it. The curdled milk rises to the top, the eggs create a custard mid-layer, and at the bottom is a warm spicy alcoholic drink […]
A posset recipe from Historicfoods.com.
Inscription on pot: THOMAS DAKIN MADE TIS CUP FOR MARY SCULLTHARP OR HER FREND AB 1710
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