Silver sick siphon, 1801-1830
The sick siphon has a misleading name. It had nothing to do with vomiting. It was the user who was likely to be sick – or elderly. The siphon is hooked over the side of a cup of soup or water and then used like a straw to drink the liquid. The bottom has a pierced cover to strain food and ensure that no large lumps were drunk.
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Glossary: sick siphon
Scroll shaped silver tube with a hook on one side to attach it to a cup of liquid. The lower end is closed by a hinged and pierced cover to strain the food.
The study and practice of caring for and waiting on the sick, injured, or others unable to look after themselves or to deal with their specific medical needs.