Dr Wansbrough’s metalic nipple shields.
A pair of Dr Wansbrough’s metalic nipple shields with original box. Nipple shields were made from a variety of materials in the 18th and 19th centuries, wood, ivory and silver the most common. They were intended to protect the mothers sore nipples. They were often perforated allowing the baby to feed through them (probably with considerable difficulty). These unperforated examples would have been removed before feeding. The dangers of lead poisoning were well known when these were manufactured in the mid 19th century. Measurements 7 x 7 x 3 cm.