Glass infant feeding bottle


Title
Glass infant feeding bottle
Description
Boat-shaped feeding vessels like this one with a hole in the middle of the top surface were popular during the 18th and much of the 19th century. Until about 1800, these bottles were made of china or earthenware. At the end of the 18th century, glass was recognized as a superior material for feeding bottles, because it is possible to see the inside of a glass bottle and, thus, to clean it. This bottle has a small hole in a nipple-shaped end through which the baby received its food. Until the first rubber nipples were produced in 1845, glass, metal, wood, bone and even animal teats were used on baby bottles. It was not until the 1880’s, as understanding of the importance of hygiene spread, that bottles were manufactured with larger openings that allowed true sanitization. Soft rubber nipples that could be sterilized were not available until the 20th century.
Date
1800-1845
Original Format
medical equipment
Extent
Local Identifier
Country Doctor Museum
Subject(s)
Location of Original
Country Doctor Museum
Rights
This item has been made available by The Country Doctor Museum for use in research, teaching, and private study. Researchers are responsible for using these materials in accordance with Title 17 of the United States Code and any other applicable statutes. For information regarding reproduction, please contact The Country Doctor Museum at hslcdm@ecu.edu;
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