Charleston Museum Acquires 18th-Century Feeding Device

papAn artifact of a eighteenth-century childhood feeding scheme blamed with elevating the infant mortality rate is one of the newest additions to the Charleston Museum’s collection.

Chief Curator Grahame Long received the silver pap boat from two members of the Pinckney family, who also donated a hulking wine trolley and a hot water urn to the museum.

Although pap boats were sometimes used to feed sick patients and wounded soldiers, Long suspects the boat made by Thomas You delivered pap to the children of Harriott, Thomas or Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. Continue reading