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Blue and white feeding cup, Staffordshire, England, 1820-1860

This glazed earthenware cup was used to feed sick people who were unable to sit upright. The hemispherical design with one handle is typical. The handle is on the right as the majority of people are right handed. Decorated with a blue transfer, the cup has a country scene of a river, trees, houses and people. The unusually wide foot gives this cup extra stability. The cup also has an S-shaped double curved lid known as an ‘ogee’.

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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