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-----  Nursing Bottles  -----

Nursing bottles (a.k.a. "feeding bottles", "nursers" and "infant feeders") were used extensively during the "wet nurse" movement and prior to being replaced with glass. While certainly beautiful ceramic nursing bottles were extremely difficult (and shall I say even impossible) to clean appropriately.

 

The nursing bottle's contents (generally milk) were poured into the top opening and its flow regulated by covering and uncovering the opening generally with one's thumb or by covering a small air hole in its separate metal lid (extremely rare to find)(see photos below). It is also not uncommon to find nursing bottles with cork fragments in them used I assume when transporting them after being filled. The spout's tip was generally covered with a piece of soft cloth or chamois leather (called a "teat") to soak up the contents and protect the infant's mouth).

 

They also were made in silver and pewter (see photo below).

Feeding bottles came in all different sizes, shapes and heights (see photos below).

While the typical feeding bottles, and older ones, were designed to basically lay flat and the spout pointing straight out some came with refined nipple shaped spout tips, more box than rounded shapes and having spouts turn upward at the end (called "cow horned")(see photos below).

Interesting comparisons of illustrated feeding bottles with the original bottles - 

Example of a large and beautifully detailed blue & white tranfer-printed feeding bottle:

Example of a Brampton saltglazed Queen Victoria feeding bottle:

Example of a Staffordshire feeding bottle other than in traditional blue & white transfer-print: 

Other nice examples of feeding bottles similar to the ones shown above:  

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