Silver sick siphon, 1801–1830

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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. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: tnqbfvsd.

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