I learned the oddly shaped object was an infant feeder. The liquid (breast milk hopefully) would have been put into the large hole at the top and secured with a cloth or cork stopper. Some sort of nipple (cloth or leather) might be attached to the spout. I worried that the small hole would be hard to clean, which could result in infection. I also wondered why the babies weren't being breast fed, but many women did die in childbirth in the nineteenth century or shortly after from infection. Hopefully, the infant feeders weren't used very often.
|Ceramic Baby feeder circa 1830, 6.5 inches long by 2.5 inches wide|
|Ceramic Baby Feeder circa 1830 (same one as above, but a different angle)|
|Ceramic Baby Feeder circa 1840, 8 inches long by 3.5 inches wide|
|Ceramic Baby Feeder circa 1840, 8 inches long by 3.5 inches wide (same one as above, but a different angle)|
I had to remove links to a wonderful feeder website, as it is no longer operational. Oh well.