1850's Victorian Transferware Porcelain Invalid Feeder Cup, Pap Boat
#AD250 19th c. Unusual Antique Medical Invalid or Nursing Pap Boat Feeder:
This is a wonderful old and rare antique pottery invalid, elder or baby feeder. The body of it stands about 3" high and it is clean white porcelain with gold gilding touches and Victorian era colourful transferware berries, which we believe to be Hawthorne (also called Haw, May, Mayblossom, and Mayflowers).
It is in lovely vintage condition with no cracks, chips or restoration. There is some slight wearing of the gold gilt on the handle and long neck spout, where hands touched it for daily use. it is an unusual hooded form, and a rare design.
Victorian era people nursed their family members at home. They relied on their doctors, and local chemist or pharmacies to help woth this task, providing antique medical aides such as this. This feeder would be used for the affirmed, including children to provide "pap", a diluted flour and milk mixture that was highly used in the Victorian era. they also would have used it for soups, broths, and water and teas.
It was found in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England, close to Newcastle and Durham at the River Wear. It is possible it came out of a 19th century area Sunderland pottery. It is unmakred as they generally are.
This is a beautiful old original 175 year old English medical or vintage nursing antique. it is in stunning condition and the old more interesting and rare invalid feeders and pap boats are highly valued. We were lucky to find it.
Size: 3 inches high, with top of spout 3.5 inches, width 3.75 inches
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