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Glass feeding cup, Europe, 1701-1890

Made from glass, this cup was used to feed liquid foods to patients who were unable to sit upright. This is a rare example of a glass feeding cup as few survive in such good condition. Unfortunately it has no markings to help up identify how it was made – it was probably blown into a mould. Feeding cups were used by the patient’s nurse or carer.

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Glossary: feeding cup

Specially shaped cup used to feed invalids who cannot sit up.

Glossary: nursing

The study and practice of caring for and waiting on the sick, injured, or others unable to look after themselves or to deal with their specific medical needs.

Glossary: feeding

To provide with food or nourishment