White oval ceramic pap boat shaped invalid feeder decorated with transfer print of pink, yellow and green floral design over spray pained pale blue areas; body with embossed design similar to wicker basket; with gilt trim along opening, center of handle and spout; open handle with two raised bumps …
White oval ceramic pap boat shaped invalid feeder decorated with transfer print of pink, yellow and green floral design over spray pained pale blue areas; body with embossed design similar to wicker basket; with gilt trim along opening, center of handle and spout; open handle with two raised bumps on back with spout pointing straight ahead; without manufacturers marks; spout opening is part of body; unglazed base.
Number Of Parts
Collected by Maryanne Szuck and Alice Roeder.
ink: blue, pink, green, gold
Storage Room 0010
Unit Of Measure
Gilding with minor wear
Allison, Eileen Michael. Ceramic Invalid Feeders, Pap Boats, and Baby Bottles of the 19th & Twentieth Century. Canada: E.M. Allison, 1997.
Campbell, Gordon. The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2006. 2006. Accessed August 18, 2016. http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780195189483.001.0001/acref-9780195189483
Collected by Maryanne Szuck and sister Alice Roeder, a retired nurse. The collection consists of various eras and types of invalid / infant feeders, infant milk bottles, medicine spoons, urinals and reference material.
Invalid feeders are designed to provide liquid or semi solid nourishment in time of illness or incapacity. There are many different shapes for invalid feeders. Some of the shapes are defined as infant or invalid feeders, however it seems that each manufacture used both terms interchangeably. The boat shaped, which looks very similar to a gravy boat, originally evolved from the pap boat shape. It has a straight spout, main opening in the top, and an open handle in the back. This is also known as an infant feeder prior to the development of baby milk bottles. Manufacturers would market this item as both invalid and infant feeders depending on the market they are targeting.