breast shield; nipple shell

breast shield; nipple shell

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Glass nipple shell with a circular opening in the bottom to fit over the nipple. The shells were secured to the body by binding or clothing. Glass shells were used to collect leaking breast milk and to protect the clothing of nursing women. The milk collected could also be fed to the infant at a later time. A small vent hole on the perimeter was used to drain the shell. Wholesale price per dozen shells as listed in the 1880 Whitall Tatum & Company catalog: 75 cents per dozen.
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Object Name
breast cup
breast shield
nipple shell
overall: 1 3/8 in x 3 5/8 in; 3.4925 cm x 9.2075 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Women's Health
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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