Feeding cup (Feeding cup)

A Picture of Health: Exeter's Medical History


This glass feeding cup would have been used to give medicine, fluids and nourishment to bed bound patients. The clever curved design means that the contents will not spill, when when tipped on its side.

Before the invention of intravenous drips, feeding cups were essential to keeping the sick hydrated and nourished. In addition to water it was common for patients to be fed drinks like Bovril and Horlicks, which were both originally specifically marketed as ideal nourishment for the sick or infirm.

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