Breakfast, the most important meal of the day. You sit down, getting ready for the day ahead. Cracking open an egg at the breakfast table, and dipping in your freshly buttered toast is a joy to behold. Choose from our different styles, colours and ranges of eggcups to make mornings that little bit brighter.
Eggcups were first found in the ruins of Pompeii in 3AD. There were some Turkish mosaics found which seemed to show people eating from eggcups. With the fall of the classical civilization, the eggcup also disappeared completely until the Elizabethan period in the 1600's. During this time the upper classes would often eat out of silver eggcups. As this was fashionable, the 'commoners' would mimic this and eat out of wooden eggcups. So chic.
Silver eggcups were made in the 19th century were gilded inside and this was to stop the sulphur from the egg, staining the silver. In this period, egg spoons were made from ivory, bone or horn.
In 1911 there was an advertisement in Harrods that showed a set of six electroplated, nickel silver eggcups on a stand with matching spoons. This was priced at £1.10 for 22. Today this would cost around £200 in good condition.
Companies such as Wedgwood and Haviland produced eggcup. They were decorated in Chinese style which was very successful at selling. Also, it was really trendy at this point to sell eggcups in sets of 6, 8 or 10 with a matching tray and spoon. These are now very rare and hard to get hold of. People such as Clarice Cliff, Susie Cooper, Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, and the Bauhaus School of Berlin, Germany changed the look and style. New designers brought new colours, shapes and patterns which increased the popularity of the eggcup even more.
The most common areas eggcups are used are in Europe, United Kingdom and in Canada. Eggcups are not very common in the USA. It is actually easier to find expensive collector eggcups there than everyday ones that can be placed in a dishwasher.
Place the large end of a boiled egg that has yet to be peeled in the eggcup. Then cut the top part of it off by either using an egg cutter, knife or even side of a spoon. Once the shell is cracked, take the top part of the egg off and then you can start to enjoy the content of the egg.