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Infant or invalid feeder

Object Number: 
1936.424
Date: 
1870-1880
Medium: 
Whiteware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/4 x 7 1/4 x 3 in. ( 4.4 x 18.4 x 7.6 cm )
Marks: 
impressed: on reverse: illegible double oval mark
Description: 
Whiteware infant or invalid feeder; compressed flask shape with hole on top for inserting food or milk and small hole at end for feeding; blue transfer printed all-over cell diaper pattern and asymetrical flower and clover pattern.
Gallery Label: 
According to accession records, this object is from the family of the late John William Bradley, B.A., London, author of the "Dictionary of Miniaturists of Sheffield, Stafford, and London." An infant or invalid feeder was often found in homes during the late nineteenth into the twentieth century. A liquid or semi-soft food was placed in the feeder and the spout was then placed in the person's mouth.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss D. F. Levett Bradley
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group