|Victorian Egg Cups &
How They Served
| Long ago and far away
...... eggs were & are
eaten soft cooked in their shells. The long ago was in America and the far
away is in Europe.
Today egg cups aren't used that much but they can be found made of many materials,
including, of course, Early American Pattern Glass. Many of the early (1850 - 1870) flint patterns had an egg cup as part of their pattern line & a few patterns from later in the 1800s included an egg cup, but we are aware of no egg cups from non-flint patterns made after 1900.
We’ll take the word of those who have actually used an egg cup; they are handy for holding those pesky cooked eggs while the shell is broken and the spoon is dipped down to bring out bites of the yolk and whites. Some Victorians reportedly emptied the entire egg(s)’ contents into the cup & mixed it with butter and toast bits. All the ones we have seen are pretty similar in size (3 3/4" - 4" tall) as you can see by comparing them with our same photogenic egg, but they are sometimes confused with footed master salts, large wine goblets or measuring cups.
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|These three egg cups are called 'Double Egg Cups'. The larger end cups do look like
egg cups but the smaller cups wouldn't hold much more than a Banty Hen's egg. It has been gently brought to our attention that all that has a shell & is runny inside is not a chicken egg. Larger fowl also laid eggs and the bigger part of these cups accommodated those
created by geese, turkeys, ducks and who knows what other large feathered friends.
So were they originally really egg cups or possibly measuring cups? Or something else?
All three appear to be Early American Pattern Glass patterns.
On the left is Hobbs/ Brockunier's BLACKBERRY pattern ca 1870s in milk glass for $65
In the center is an unknown makers CHAIN WITH THUMBPRINTS
probably from the 1880s for $55
On the right is a FLINT RIBBED pattern in milk glass. $75
by Gillinder & Sons
ca. 1877. It is 3 12/" tall.
|ASHBURTON is another
flint pattern made by many early American glass factories. $35
See below for more.
|BARBERRY is one of the earliest non-flint patterns (1860s) by
|HAMILTON aka Cape Cod Flint by the
Cape Cod Glass Co.
ca. 1860s. 3 3/4" tall $42
|POWDER & SHOT by
Boston Sandwich Glass Co.
ca. 1870s. Flint and
3 1/2" tall. $65
|INVERTED FERN by Boston Sandwich Glass Co. ca. 1860s.
3 1/2" tall. We have 3
@ $42 each. More for less.
|BEADED SWIRL - this
may be Duncan's #335
3.5" tall & it might be
a wine. Also see in
milk glass above. $20
|BELLFLOWER by Boston
Sandwich in the 1860s. We have
7, some with short base rays &
some with rays to the outer base edge. All single vine, flint
fine rib & $35 each
by Gillinder & Sons.
Has a large base chip - $15.
See one with no damage HERE and HERE.
maker unknown in the
1870s. 2" tall. $35
|DIAMOND CUT LEAF
This may be a wine or
Windsor Glass Co?
c. 1880's. $32
|CROSSED DISCS a pattern
used by Laura Ingles Wilder
in the Little House on
the Prairie. $38
|BULLSEYE in FLINT was
made by New England
Glass Co. c.1866. See
without an egg HERE.
We have 2 @ $45 each.
|This piece is shown in Metz & identified as a double egg cup in HERCULES PILLAR pattern. It is not; it is EXCELSIOR pattern! Sorry, Alice. We are thinking that this would have made a better measuring cup than an egg cup. The larger part holds exactly 1/2 cup and the smaller part holds exactly 1/8 cup or 2 tablespoons. Whatever you call it; it is flint, 4 5/8" tall and $75.|
|HONEYCOMB w/ DIAMONDS a McKee pattern from 1864. It has a tiny flake under the base rim. $25||MAGNET & GRAPE w/ Stippled Leaf; non-flint by Boston Sandwich
It has a very faint pattern
impression so $20.
|TIDY aka Rustic
is a sweet non-flint design that looks like a lace curtain.
McKee Bros. made it in the 1880s. 3 3/4" tall. $48
|MAGNET & GRAPE w/
Stippled Leaf; non-flint by
Boston Sandwich c. 1860s;
a faint pattern so $20
|SENECA LOOP was made by O'Hara Glass & McKee
ca. 1870s. It is non-flint.
4" tall and $32
The tallest egg cup we've seen
at 4 1/8". It is flint, milk glass
by Bryce Bros. c. 1870s. $65
|ROMAN KEY, Frosted
is a flint Union Glass Co.
pattern from 1860s. $55
|SCALLOPED TAPE larger
than most at 3" diam. An
1880s pattern by unknown maker. $25
|SCROLL aka Stippled
Scroll aka Lily (omn)
thought to be a Ripley
pattern c. 1880s $35
|SCROLL w/ FLOWERS
is a product of McKee
Glass Co. c. 1880.
is an elusive non-flint
pattern by the Union
Glass Co. c. 1860s $58
|STRAWBERRY & CURRANT is 2 5/8" OD at the top; 4 1/4" tall. by Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton 1890s $55|
is non-flint by Bryce
Walker c. 1870s
|TULIP & SAWTOOTH
This flint piece is probably the master salt but it could be
an egg cup too. Whatever,
it is by Bryce Richards
c. 1854 & is $65.
|BEADED SWIRL milk glass sans egg. This is 3 1/2" tall and could also be used
as a wine goblet!
is a rather large egg cup
by an unknown maker but
probably c. 1870s. $55
|LOOP & DART WITH
DIAMOND ORNAMENT pattern's maker is
undetermined but it is dated
ca. 1870s. $42
|OPEN ROSE by an unknown maker in America c. 1870s.
It is adequate to hold a
couple of soft boiled eggs.
We have 2 @ $38 each.
|LOOP & DART was made
by Richards & Hartley of Tarentum, PA c. 1888
|WAFFLE & THUMBPRINT
made by Curling, Robertson & Co.
in Flint. See another view HERE.
3 3/4" tall. We have 4 @ $45 each
Or buy a set of four for $116!
|KALBACH 6 ROW see
pic in Metz II. Maker & dates unknown. Non-flint.
|These 2 ASHBURTON egg cups are NON-FLINT & are
both 3 3/4" tall.
The one on the left has a tiny flake seen HERE. $20
The one one the right is $30.
|For a little change of pace from the more formal egg cups, why not cheer up your
breakfast with these little fine feathered flocklets?
They are 2 1/2" high and have "VALLERYSTHAL", the glass company in
France where they were made, imprinted on the base.
We have 2 matching cups in milk glass for $45 each or both for $78 because we want to encourage them to stay together after lo these 100+ years.