Baby Feeding Bottle Antique circa 1891, American made by The Gotham Co. of New York, clear clean molded glass, referred to as a “turtle bottle”, bladder shaped it was designed to rest flat and the neck was angled so that the milk would not spill out. Bottle is 8 fluid ounce size, with embossed one ounce graduation marks, 7"L x 3 3/4"W; bottle has two openings; one at flange top and at the bottom which has a cork stopper. There is a small chip and roughness at cork end rim. Bottle is embossed," "THE BEST" Nurser, and "Pat Sep.1. 91; "The Gotham Co. NY". The Gotham Co. was located at 82 Warren St. NY. Advertising features of their bottles state they had easy suction, the nipple would not collapse, easily cleaned and their use would prevent wind colic and bowel trouble.
Much of the ongoing popularity was attributed to the fact that the baby could be left unattended to feed, even before the baby was old enough to hold the bottle.
These bottles were kept in existence until the 1920s, even though Buffalo, NY had outlawed them in 1897. See photos. the American bottle is the last one. The French is SOLD.
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