Glass feeding bottle

Bottles like these became a popular way of feeding milk to babies in the second half of the nineteenth century. Likely to have been a ‘long hose bottle’, this example would originally have included a rubber tube running from the bottom of the bottle up to the bottle’s rubber nipple.

When Edouard Robert developed the long hose system featuring a ‘valve’ to control the flow of milk to the baby, France became the leading manufacturer of biberon, or baby bottles.

Embossed with ‘The Daisy’, this bottle was made in France and exported, becoming one of many decorative examples of biberon produced by France prior to 1910. By the 1910s these types of feeding bottles were banned as unhygienic. Across England they became known as ‘murder bottles’, falling from favour for growing bacteria in the tubes that could in time kill the babies feeding from them.
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Glass bottle
115mm < 130mm x 115mm x 30mm
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Waikato Historical Society Collection
Courtesy of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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