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Object ID # 2008.008.002ab
Object Name Bottle, Nursing
Title The Rigo Improved Nurser
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date post-1926
Year Range from 1926
Year Range to 1950
Made Dominion Glass for Rigo (Richards Glass Co. Ltd.)
Place of Origin Canada
Description THE RIGO IMPROVED NURSER (nursing bottle) and its cardboard box. A" is the bottle, "B" is the box. No original nipple extant. The bottle is made of colourless pressed glass (described as "clear flint glass" on the box). The bottle is embossed with "Pat'D 1922 DESIGN REG 1926". "STRONG-EASY TO CLEAN" "RIGO IMPROVED NURSER" "NIPPLE WILL NOT COLLAPSE" "USE "Rigo" NIPPLES". It is an 8-ounce bottle (has calibrations to allow the user to see how many ounces have been drunk). The cardboard box is green and off-white. It is printed with "A Rigo Product Marketed By The Richards Glass Co. Limited Toronto--Montreal", and has an illustration of the bottle sans nipple. The box reads: "Why do Nursing Nipples collapse or go flat while baby is feeding? It is because an ordinary Nursing Bottle makes no provision to allow air to enter the bottle as the food is taken, which is harmful to the baby and an annoyance to the busy housewife. Dr. S.F. McEwen a busy western physician discovered the remedy and patented the finish that we are using on the "Rigo" Nurser. The small ridges form grooves, which allow the air to enter the bottle as the food is taken through the nipple. Use with this Nurser either the "Rigo" Transparent Nipple or the "Rigo" Red Band Nipple and secure comfort and satisfaction for your baby and yourself." Bilingual wording on the box. Box has "REG'D 1926" on it.
Makers mark Printed on box "A Rigo Product/ Marketed By / The Richards Glass Co. Limited / Toronto--Montreal"
The glass bottle's base also has a diamond in a D mark = Dominion glass company
Provenance Unknown. Manufactured by the Dominion Glass company for the Richards Glass Co. Ltd. It dates to post-1926.

It last belonged to Marlene Gardiner of Owen Sound, Grey County, who collected vintage objects.

Collection Bottles & Equipment, 20th-c Collection
Material Cardboard/Inks/Glass
Dimensions H-17.5 W-6 L-4.2 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
Function A bottle that would be heated in hot water to sterilize it and then filled with milk or formula to provide nourishment for an infant. A rubber nipple would be put on it for the infant to suck.