I have been a collector of things all my life, but when we decided to downsize our home, in my naivety thought that something small to continue collecting would be a perfect solution for a smaller home. How wrong could I have been? The joke was on me. Now, many hundreds later I can honestly say I am a Pocillovist, an egg cup collector!
Many years ago now, I walked into an antique mall and saw a single egg cup that was a souvenir cup of Jonkoping, Sweden. This was in the US, but I knew this city well and one of my Dear friends lived there. I had to have it and the 3.00 price tag, well that ended any questions of, "should I, do I need it, and where will I put it?" Of course then you say to yourself, what will I do with one egg cup? Those of you who have succumbed to this particular collecting are now laughing at me, because you know what happens next!
The green transfer double egg cup on the left is "Chinese Bird"
Made by Adams in England age is approx 1913-. Comes in several colors but I was lucky to find it in green. Every collector has a favorite area of collecting, even though they may have thousands of cups, yes I did say thousands, there are always favorites. It might be certain Countries, Souvenir, Royalty, Figurals, Shapes, EAPG glass, restaurantware, and the list goes on.
In this entire process, we become immersed in the academic research of each item. Who made it, where was it made, when was it made, and in some cases why and how was it made. Some of my favorites are definitely souvenir,
I am motivated by quality, what pleases me, and how different it is. Since my interests are in vintage things, I rarely would buy anything newly made, with the exception of Royal
Martha Stewart stimulated the egg cup collecting interest when she featured cups on the cover of her April 2002 Living Magazine. I still have that magazine,perhaps you will be able to find an issue.
Some have enlarged their collections to include accessories associated with eggs and cups. I do have some egg spoons, but have tried to stay focused, it is much too easy to stray off the beaten path, as fascinating as this would be I am already out of room. I can show you this, a very early English Egg Cozy.
For anyone beginning this journey, an investment in the book, "Egg Cups" by Brenda C. Blake, written in 1995 along with her 2000 supplement has a wealth of information.
I still consider my self a novice, after all these years because I still find things I haven't seen before, which sends me scurrying to find the answers to the
The history of egg cups is much too long to recant, but they were found in the ruins of Pompeii and have been traced to the 1600s in France. I hope we meet each other some day, reaching for the same piece, in a shop, a show, a flea market or thrift shop. Wherever or what ever enjoy every minute of that "mighty Little