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19th Century Civil War Invalid Cup

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This is another nice item being offered, it is a Civil War era Invalid Cup. It is made of white milk glass and the overall size is about 5 1/2" wide x 3 1/2" high. There are no chips or cracks and it has no markings, which is typical for the Civil War period.

Badly wounded soldiers or amputees would have to be fed by hand. The nurse or orderly would fill the cup with water, broth or soup and slowly feed the bed ridden soldier by tilting it into his mouth, not worrying about it spilling. There is an example of this feeding cup at the Confederate hospital at Gordonsville, Virginia and another in the new Seminary Ridge Museum in Gettysburg (see pictures). An Invalid Cup as this one is also on display at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine (see pictures). This is a great piece and is in very nice condition.

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