This design of baby’s bottle, known as banana or boat shaped, was invented in the late 19th century. Children had died due to the flawed design of earlier bottles which shape allowed the bottles to became a breeding ground for germs and bacteria and this new design enabled easy cleaning. This design lasted for fifty years before being redesigned nearer to the style of bottle we know today.
This bottle was made by Peanco and is known as ‘The Ideal Feeding Bottle’ which appears on the top of the bottle. Although intact, it is in a worn condition and shows signs that it may have been dug up. It is a little dirty, particularly on the inside, but I haven’t cleaned it as I didn’t want to dislodge the cork which I presume is original to the bottle.
There is a knock and a broken edge to one end, the other end, which still has part of the cork inserted, appears to be in perfect condition.
A great little piece of history, there are still a few people around who remember being fed with one of these.