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Vintage ADAMS China Co. of England Earthenware China DOUBLE EGG CUP Floral Pink Roses METZ
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Vintage ADAMS earthenware china double egg cup in a floral pink rose pattern called METZ -  a large floral pink rose spray on one side, a different large floral pale purple spray on the other, on a pale blue colored stoneware china body.  Decorative pink laurel design on both the top and bottom, both with gold colored trim on the lips.  Floral pink rose spray on the inside of the egg cup.  Very good vintage condition with no cracks, crazing or other damage to note sans a very tiny "chip" in the lip of the smaller cup as shown in the photos.  (c. 1930s)

This vintage English porcelain china double egg cup measures 3-3/4" tall, 2-1/2" diameter at one end, 2" diameter at the other.  Backstamped under-glaze with ADAMS, Estd. 1657, ENGLAND.

The area known as North Staffordshire was responsible for many famous potteries including the pottery of William Adams & Sons.  In Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, they were a manufacturer of earthenwares, basalt, jasper, ironstone wares under various styles from 1769.  Early wares made before 1780 do not appear to be marked. 

The marks say 'estd. 1657' when Robert Adams and his son, John of Hadderridge and Brick House established the Brickhouse Potteries.  At that time, these were the only works of any size to be built in Burslem.  Around 1850 to 1853, the Adams Company ceased making porcelain and listed themselves as 'Makers of Earthenware". Earthenware is the general term for pottery that is not porcelain or some other specific types such as fritware or stoneware.  In 1966 the Adams firm  was purchased by and merged with the Wedgwood group.

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".

A2733 - Vintage ADAMS China Co. of England Earthenware China DOUBLE EGG CUP Floral Pink Roses METZ
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