Antique Pap Boat, Baby Feeder, Invalid Feeder, Porcelain, Embossed, White
A wonderful antique pap boat, also known as a baby/invalid feeder. This is embossed with a leaf and flower design on the top. It would be an ideal addition to a baby item collection. It is a great conversation piece.
Pap boats are small, shallow vessels resembling sauce boats but usually without handles and legs, although some rare American specimens have these. First made in the early 18th century, they were used to give bread soaked in milk or other semi-liquid food to children. The type of pap boat a family had depended on what they could afford, ranging from very plain to highly ornamented. These small and shallow vessels were made from many different kinds of material such as silver, pewter, wood, glass or porcelain.
The word ‘pap’ is said to be of Scandinavian descent, taken from the sound a baby makes when its mouth is open and about to be fed. The vessels were common in households and in use from the late 16th century until the early 1800s. At this point, their use died out due to the invention of feeding bottles.
These boats were originally used to hold a gruel-like substance. Typically, ingredients mixed in a pap boat were bread, flour, and water. However, the recipe could change to butter, milk and sugar depending on the families’ wealth. The pap feeding was thought to be soothing and easy to digest. Also, if an infant was ill the medicine was easy to conceal inside. In this way they became excellent for giving food to invalids.
*** Above description will be included with bottle on tan card stock***
3 inches in height
6 inches handle to spout
Approximately 3 inches in width
This boat is in excellent condition. There are no chips, cracks, or crazing.
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