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Flat feeding bottle*

N° inventaire: TR 2013.1.23 Categories: , Tag:

• Date: 19th c.

• Place of manufacture: Dubois Glassworks, Glageon (Nord)

• Manufacturing technique: blown clear glass, flange and nozzle added while hot

• Dimensions: H : 5,5 ; l : 8,5 ; L : 24

• Collection: Coll. Ecomusée de l’Avesnois

• Credit: © Lucie Nicolas / Ecomusée de l’Avesnois


Feeding bottles have since Antiquity continued to change shape and materials, such as bottles made from baked clay, wood, tin and glass, cones, feeding bottles with a tube or a teat, feeding bottle sterilizers, plastic and single-use feeding bottles. At the end of the eighteenth century feeding bottles in France became flatter and longer, resembling a flatfish, which resulted in the nickname limande (‘dab’). They did not have a teat, instead the mother would wrap around the nozzle a piece of cloth known as a drapeau (‘flag’) to facilitate suckling, which would also considerably increase the presence of germs.