The Museum of Medicine and Health : Feeding Cup

The Museum of Medicine and Health

<p style='text-align: justify;'>‘Invalid’ feeding cups date from the 1880s and were used to administer liquids to the sick or injured who were unable to feed themselves. The half-closed design of the cup helped to prevent spillage. Although first used in domestic setting or civil hospitals, they became well-known objects during the First World War when they were used in the care of injured soldiers, pilots and sailors; they were especially useful for injured troops being transported in hospital ships and hospital trains. This one has a Red Cross emblem on the top. Feeding cups were also sold to help raise money for the war effort.</p>

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