The Best Nurser


Long-necked glass nursing bottle with paper label, rubber nipple, box, and paper insert. The bottle is embossed THE BEST / PAT. SEPT. 1, 91. There is a “valve/stopper” on the bottom which is designed to let in air as the infant feeds. It can also be removed for easy cleaning as water may be flushed through the bottle. A red paper band around the nipple reads: “CLINGFAST” / NIPPLE / PURE GUM / THE GOTHAM CO. N. Y.” The box reads: “THE BEST” NURSER / EASY SUCTION / NO WIND COLIC / NO INDIGESTION / EASILY CLEANED / NIPPLE CANNOT COLLAPSE”

This object is one of 39 objects from the Estate of Robert W. Vinson donated to the Smithsonian in 1958. Robert William Vinson (1872-1958), known as “Doc” or “Doc Willie” Vinson, ran Vinson’s Pharmacy in Rockville, Maryland, from the early 1900s until 1957. The store was built in the 1880’s and located on the corner of Montgomery Avenue and Perry Street, across from the Montgomery County Court House, and was reported to be a popular gathering place for local politicians. It closed after Mr. Vinson’s death and many objects and furnishings, some dating to the years prior to Mr. Vinson’s ownership, were donated to the Montgomery County Historical Society Stonestreet Museum, as well as to the Smithsonian. An ornate 1914 soda fountain from the drugstore was installed in the Rockville public library. Highlights in the Smithsonian collection include glass apothecary bottles, a "Konseal" Filling and Closing Apparatus, and two pharmacy counter displays: “Munyon’s Homeopathic Home Remedies” and “German Household Dyes.”

Reference: Buglass, Ralph. Rockville, 2020. Print. (Images of America Series)

Date Made: ca 1891Patent Date: 1891-09-01

Maker: The Gotham Co.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Estate of Robert Vinson, through Mr J. Vinson Peter; Accession 220980 (1958)

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-07363.04Catalog Number: M-07363.04Accession Number: 220980220980

Object Name: Infant Feederinfant feeder

Physical Description: glass, ?, transparent (overall material)Measurements: overall: 2 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in x 6 3/4 in; 5.715 cm x 8.89 cm x 17.145 cmoverall: 5 in x 3 3/8 in x 2 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 8.5725 cm x 6.35 cm


Record Id: nmah_1372570

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