Vintage double-size convex-shaped egg coddler or egg coddle of fine porcelain china. The pattern consists of grapes and leaves. The backstamp says Fine Porcelain Japan. This coddler is a unique shape, roughly bowl-shaped, with an oval lifting ring. (Pattern UM18-UNK01) The colors of the leaves are teal blue and green and the grapes are a deep blue/purple.
An egg coddler is a porcelain or pottery cup with a lid that is used to prepare a dish called, appropriately enough, coddled eggs. Coddled eggs are very much like poached eggs, except that the egg is cooked inside the coddler. The egg(s) are broken into the buttered coddler, and seasonings are added, if desired. The coddler is then closed with the lid and partially immersed in boiling water for a few minutes. When the eggs are cooked to the desired firmness, the coddler is lifted from the boiling water, the lid removed, and breakfast is served, in a lovely decorated dish.
Egg coddlers are often painted or glazed with a design. There are many different patterns and designs, which makes them highly suitable as practical gifts for the kitchen, or for addition to the china collection. Egg coddlers are also very desirable as collectibles.
Egg coddlers have a lid, made out of metal, or porcelain, that is attached to the top of the coddler before cooking. Many coddlers are manufactured with a set of screw-on threads at the lip of the coddler. The threads on the coddler are often either a metal, such as stainless steel, or a plastic, such as white nylon. The lid will have a complementary screw thread that holds it to the coddler during cooking.
Purists may call these other objects egg caddies, egg cups, egg warmers, or egg servers instead of egg coddlers. Quite frankly, I don't believe it's necessary to be so pedantic. These objects were all designed to handle eggs ... to cook them or present them for consumption.
This vintage fine porcelain china double egg coddler or egg coddle measures 3-3/4" tall to the top of the ring, 2-7/8" tall to the top of the porcelain body, 3-3/4" diameter at the widest point, 2-1/4" diameter at the top and weighs 8.7 ounces. Excellent condition with no damage to note.
A2381 - Vintage DOUBLE EGG CODDLER EGG CODDLE Grape Pattern Fine Porcelain China JAPAN