Archive for June, 2011

17th Century Early 18th Century Posset Pots

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Hi everyone. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. Today I want to talk about early 17th and 18th century Posset pots.

I recently purchased some wonderful pottery last weekend to sell in the American Artisan Store. It is made by S & J Pottery. While photographing a couple of fancy sugar bowls I purchased from them, treatment I emailed Sue, remedy of S & J Pottery, and asked what influenced her in the design of these 2 sugar bowls. She told me there are many examples from the late 1700′s, and as late as the 1830′s of tobacco and posset pots with similar lids. Some fancy and some simple. Some covered in colorful slips, clay bodies, and some from back splashing of glaze. I also went on the internet looking for photos of original and early examples of 17th and 18th century Posset pots. Below is an example of a early 18th century Posset pot.

Below are a couple of examples of 2 of the fancy redware sugar bowls that will be available in my store later this evening. As you can see, both were influenced by the Posset pots from the 1700′s.

Posset pots were drinking vessels with two handles and a lid. They were made of tin-lined earthenware. These ornate pots were used to to hold hot, spicy milk, curdled with ale or wine. Sometimes bread was added to make it thicker. Yuk! This drink was used to strengthen new mothers, the sick, as well as the elderly. This drink was popular from Medieval time into the 19th century. The beautiful fancy sugar bowl below, got it’s influence from these early pots.


You can also see the influence for this sugar bowl, from the early 18th century Posset Pot below.

I hope you enjoy learning a little bit about these pots and hope you will stop by my American Artisan Store later this evening to see all the beautiful redware pottery I’ll have for sale.




Antique Cookie Cutters

Friday, June 17th, 2011


Yesterday I did some rearranging of my early cookie cutters. I like how they look when mounted on an old cutting board. These have been mounted on this one since the 1970′s and it was time to replace a couple and fix some of the velcro that holds them in place.

Early cookie cutters have always been a passion of mine. Every year I would look forward to using them for making Christmas cookies. Did you know that about the same time the Europeans first settled here, check they began bending and soldering tinplates into cookie cutters. By the early 1800′s tin peddlers traveled country roads to delight children with cutters for creating cookies like flowers, thumb designs, animals,  people and more. Owners treasured their cookie cutters, and some Pennsylvania German families handed down their collections from one generation to the next. Many families still do this today. Why not start your collection and make a happy memory for you family?




Never Enough Time

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

There never seems to be enough time to everything that needs to be done in one day. Every day I want to post something, order but have to put it off because there is always something else that needs to be done first. I never seem to catch up, no matter how hard to try. I love working in the garden, but in this heat, 97 today, I start early, 7 a.m. It’s such a nice time to be outside.


Yesterday I painted Little Miss Muffet. She really needed some sprucing up. Now she looks fresh again. This garden statue once belonged to my grandmother in the late 1940′s and into the 1950′s. When she passed away my aunt took it home and put it in her garden, and when my aunt passed away, I took it home to display in my garden. I remember it so well when I you a child. It brings back nice memories and I love having it in.

The wildflowers are blooming. I love going out first thing in the morning with my coffee. Can’t wait to see what new blooms have opened overnight.  I have also planted large zinnias in this area. I am hoping for a lot this summer to pick and bring inside to enjoy I hope you are enjoying your summer too.