Castle Home Pasteurizer


Copper pasteurizer with handle, pouring spout, and filling funnel. The pasteurizer has six cylindrical openings in the top to fit the nursing bottles. An inscription on the side of this pasteurizer reads “WILMOT CASTLE & CO. ROCHESTER, N.Y.” Six glass nursing bottles with rubber nipples are included with the pasteurizer. Price for the six-bottle, copper pasteurizer was $5.50 in 1914.

Directions for use as stated in Good Housekeeping magazine (April 1915): The jacket is filled with water to the "over-flow," heated to the boiling point, and quickly removed to a table. About two ounces of cool water is then poured into each cylinder, and the nursing-bottles containing the modified milk are corked with cotton and placed in the tubes. After thirty minutes the milk will have been pasteurized at 140-145 degrees F. for twenty minutes, and should then be rapidly cooled by running a stream of cold water into the filling funnel and allowing it to over-flow. Store bottles in the ice-box until ready to be heated for use."

Wilmot Castle & Co. was established by Wilmot V. Castle (1855-1941) in Rochester, N.Y., in 1883, and incorporated as Wilmot Castle Co. in 1903. The firm manufactured sterilizers and bacteriological apparatus for laboratory, medical, dental and hospital use as well as for the home.

Date Made: 1883-19031899-1903

Maker: Wilmot Castle Co.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, Rochester

Associated Subject: Infant FeedingInfant NutritionInfant Care


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1979.0883.217Accession Number: 1978.0883Catalog Number: 1978.0883.217

Object Name: sterilizer, bottle, babypasteurizer, infant food

Physical Description: glass, ?, transparent (bottles(6) material)metal (overall material)rubber (nipples(6) material)Measurements: overall: 10 3/8 in x 9 in x 8 7/8 in; 26.3525 cm x 22.86 cm x 22.5425 cm


Record Id: nmah_721739

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