A pictorial website about transfer-printed and cream-colored ceramic cups, boats, bottles and pots made in England during the 19th Century or earlier to feed infants, sick children and invalids.
Finding information about the general topic of ceramic feeders was extremely difficult and frustrating when I was collecting and unfortunately not much has really changed since that time. That might have contributed to the sense of obligation I felt when I stopped collecting to leave something behind.
When I was collecting I always wanted to put together a website that would both inspire the next generation of collectors and act as a point of reference for those that do collect to see and compare patterns and designs. This website is my small contribution.
One important exception to the informational void I experienced while collecting was John K. Crellin’s wonderfully illustrated book entitled "Medical Ceramics in the Wellcome Institute" (see “Crellin's Book”).
Now an important disclosure - I am not an expert on the subject. I am just someone that once collected and has always appreciated their beauty, their unique role in history and all the unusual shapes and patterns they came in.
Over the years my collection grew and then was dramatically downsized when life's priorities changed. The good news is that all of my ceramic feeders found new homes with people that appreciated them as I did. What remains of my collection can be seen at "My Collection".
Please realize that the pictures on this website are but a very small sampling of the wide array of shapes, colors and patterns that exist and the website was put together rather quickly.