Vintage English porcelain china double egg cup in a floral rose pattern - a large floral rose spray on one side, a different large floral rose spray on the other, on a pale cream colored porcelain body. Smaller spays are located on the smaller "base". Decorative rim on larger bowl. Very good vintage condition with no cracks, crazing or other damage to note sans two very tiny "chips" in the lip of the smaller cup as shown in the photos. (c. 1930s)
This vintage English porcelain china double egg cup measures 4-1/16" tall, 2-3/4" diameter at one end, 2" diameter at the other. Backstamped under-glaze with MADE IN ENGLAND. Unknown manufacturer.
The earliest images of egg cups appear in a Turkish mosaic dating from 3AD and examples were found among the ruins of Pompeii from 79AD. The date of the advent of the egg cup in England is uncertain but we do know that Elizabethans roasted eggs. Throughout the 18th and into the 19th century pottery and porcelain egg cups featured as only part of a dinner service and would have been of matching style, color and pattern. During the 19th century, egg cups were produced in their own right as individual pieces of chinaware.
The double egg cup became very popular in 1930’s, these being used to eat a boiled egg in the small end as usual and the larger end is for the egg to be chopped, mixed with salt and pepper and eaten with a spoon or fork.
The egg cup has to be one of the world's simplest and successful ideas produced in countless 1000's but really has become 'collectable' during the past few decades. Collecting egg cups is called "pocillovy".
A2732 - Vintage English Porcelain China DOUBLE EGG CUP Floral Rose