Collection: Macquarie University History Museum

Invalid Feeder Cup

Cup used for the sick

Accession # AHM000529
Period Victorian era
Date c.1875
Provenance Australia
Material/s Porcelain
Dimensions 12.1cm (l) x 18.3cm (w) x 4.8cm (d)
Collection Macquarie University History Museum
Source AHM, Macquarie University
Classification Cup
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The invalid feeder cup was commonly used in the care of the sick during the 19th Century and into the early 20th Century. As strawers did not exist the spout offered a way of feeding sick people liquid food and drink. The handle is situation to the side so it can be held by the nurse or carer and poured into the invalid's mouth. This particular example has gold trim painted on the white glazed porcelain. It also has a guard in the shape of a mouth to prevent the liquid spilling onto the invalid. These 'moustache guards' were quite common in Victorian times with feeder cups as well as standard tea sets, to ensure men's facial hair, a very popular style of the time, stayed clean.
  • Syllabus Links
    • Stage 3 Syllabus Links
      • describe and explain different experiences of people living in Australia over time (HT3-2)
      • apply a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication (HT3-5)
    • Stage 3 History - The Australian Colonies
      • The impact of a significant development or event on a colony; for example, the gold rushes (ACHHK095)
    • Historical concepts
      • Perspectives - people from the past will have different views and experiences.
      • Empathetic understanding - an understanding of another's point of view, way of life and decisions made in a different time, eg differing attitudes and experiences of living in an Australian colony; understanding the experiences of women and migrants throughout the twentieth century.
    • Historical skills - Comprehension
      • chronology, terms and concepts respond, read and write to show understanding of historical matters sequence historical people and events (ACHHS098, ACHHS117)
      • use historical terms and concepts (ACHHS099, ACHHS118)
    • Historical skills - Analysis and use of sources
      • locate information relevant to inquiry questions in a range of sources (ACHHS102, ACHHS121)
      • compare information from a range of sources (ACHHS103, ACHHS122)
    • Historical Skills - Perspectives and interpretations
      • identify different points of view in the past and present (ACHHS104, ACHHS123)
    • Historical Skills - Empathetic understanding
      • explain why the behaviour and attitudes of people from the past may differ from today
    • Historical Skills - Research
      • identify and pose questions to inform an historical inquiry (ACHHS100, ACHHS119)
      • identify and locate a range of relevant sources to support an historical inquiry (ACHHS101, ACHHS120)
    • Historical Skills - Explanation and communication
      • develop historical texts, particularly narratives and descriptions, which incorporate source material (ACHHS105, ACHHS124)
      • use a range of communication forms (oral, written, graphic) and digital technologies. (ACHHS106, ACHHS125)
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Macquarie University History Museum (2020). Invalid Feeder Cup, AHM000529. // (accessed on: 14 June 2020).

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