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Invalid Cup - China, 1900 Object Reg. No: SH 850256

White china invalid cup used in a mental health hospital in Victoria Australia for feeding bed-ridden patients or those that have difficualty drinking from a standard cup, circa 1900
White china feeding cup for invalids is large (19cm high) and shaped like a vase with round base and body swelling in bulb-shape at bottom then narrowing to straight neck with 5cm opening with cork, through centre of which is glass tube, flattened at lower end. Slightly curved and flattened, short drinking spout emerges from side of vessel halfway up as cup begins to narrow into neck.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 19.00 cm (Height), 14.00 cm (Width), 15.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, nursing, crockery, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Institutional Life
Tertiary Classification: food & drink consumption
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, Circa 1900


Luke Posted on 10 Sep 2010 10:09 AM
That isn't an invalid cup, it is an inhaler. Many were made with the makers name Dr Nelson. A glass tube fits inside the hole in the cork and boiling hot water is put inside and the vapours inhaled. Sometimes additives were used to create different steam treatments.

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