• 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.