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- noun Plural form of
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The small porringers are sometimes called posnets, which is an old-time word that may originally have referred to a posset-cup.
I have also been told that these little porringers were not posnets, but simply the samples of work made by apprentices in the pewterer's trade to show their skill and proficiency.
By these records we see that posnets were of various metals, and sometimes had covers.
I have heard the tiny little shallow pewter porringers, about two or three inches in diameter, with pierced handles, which are still found in New England, called posnets.