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

Physical Description

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.


Example of crockery used at psychiatric hospitals in Victoria Australia

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