Patent Model: Improvement in Breast-Cups For Females

Patent Model: Improvement in Breast-Cups For Females

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Taylor E. Daniels, of Detroit, Michigan, designed a "device to be worn upon the person under the clothing for the purpose of receiving and retaining the fluid involuntarily discharged from the breast” and submitted this model with his patent application.
The device consisted of a flattened nipple cap with a small tube connecting to a longer flexible tube leading to a receptacle which could be carried in the pocket or other suitable place. The patent model shows a metal rendition of the nipple cap and drain tube, but Daniels suggested making the nipple cap from hard rubber or gutta-percha. The second part of the patent (SEE record MG.M-04340.02) is described as "a soft pad or shield recessed to receive and retain the cap." The nipple caps could be used alone or with the pads, and the pads could also be used alone "simply for expanding the bust."
Ref: Taylor E. Daniels, “Improvement in Breast-Pads for Females,” U.S. Patent 166,686 (August 17, 1875) (filed July7, 1875).
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Object Name
Pump, Breast
breast cups, patent model
breast cups
patent model
date made
patent date
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 1/4 in x 3 3/4 in x 3 7/8 in;.635 cm x 9.525 cm x 9.8425 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
patent number
Women's Health
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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