Egg Cups and Collectibles
Do you have any Egg Cups?
What is an egg cup? The definition of an egg cup is “a serving dish for boiled eggs in the shell”. Egg cups date back to the prehistoric era and have been found in the ruins of Pompeii and lava from Mount Vesuvius. I am sure it is no secret to my friends that I have been searching for these collectible items during the last few years. My fascination with eggs cups naturally sprang from my love of all things chicken related. I am always on the search for antique egg scales, vintage deviled egg plates, egg crates and anything else tied to chicken farming and raising chickens for eggs. I am not a serious collector, I don’t have any list or agenda of items I am looking for. I do it for fun. Visiting rural flea markets, estate sales, vintage resellers, and antique shops are the ways I collect my egg items. And I am pretty frugal. Each item in my collection was purchased for a few dollars.
I came upon my most recent egg cup at a flea market recently. It is a rooster shaped cup, which probably means it is from the 20th century, sometime between 1930 and 1960. I doubt it is very valuable to anyone but me. However, it fits perfectly in our rural vintage house theme.
Egg cups have been around for centuries but experienced a resurgence during Elizabethan times. When the aristocratic class used egg cups made from silver, the common folks had egg cups made from wood. During the Victorian Age egg cups were often made in the popular china patterns of the time. During the 1920’s and 30’s designers often added sayings such as “Morning Fresh” on the cups.
How to Use an Egg Cup
Prepare the soft boiled eggs
- Place the eggs in a saucepan, add water to cover by an inch with water. Bring to a boil
- When the water is boiling, remove the pan from the heat and cover the pan. Begin timing one to four minutes, depending on how much you like the egg cooked.
- Place the cooked egg in the egg cup with the narrow end up.
- Using a table knife cut off the top inch or so of the egg.
Commonly, a soft boiled egg was eaten with an egg spoon, a smaller shaped spoon, that allowed you to dip into the egg through the top hole.
I asked a couple of friends if they had any egg cups. Katie from LivinLovinFarmin shared this photo of her grandmothers egg crate and the cute egg cups front of it.
Katie had some advice for anyone looking for egg related collectibles. “As far as acquiring these much sought after pieces, I highly recommend barn sales. Unfortunately lots of family’s are selling off their grandparents farm and they’re some incredible treasures and keepsakes hidden amongst the dirt and cobwebs.”
Annie from Montana Homesteader shared a photo of the egg cups which came as part of a set of dishes she and her husband acquired when visiting family in Germany.
Although I have been looking for egg cups and collecting them for a couple of years, I only have a few. I didn’t realize my hobby had a name, Pocillovy. The word comes from two parts, pocill, meaning small cup, and ovy meaning egg.
Hello my name is Janet and I am a Pocillovist.
Other Egg Related Collectibles
In addition to the numerous chicken statues in our home, I also have quite a large collection of deviled egg plates. These take up a lot more storage space in my house, than the tiny egg cups! But, I do love them. My favorite one is the hardest one to store because it has the chicken standing in the middle of the plate.
Another collectible item is the antique egg scale. I have a few of these, picked up from rural area flea markets.
What are you collecting? Please share with me in the comments!
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