Wednesday, February 17, 2010

E IS FOR EGG

Today I'm joining Jenny for Alphabe-Thursday HERE and Suzanne at Colorado Lady HERE for Vintage Thingy Thursday.   Please go visit these great parties and check out the other fun posts!

E is for EGG
I have once again found I have a collection, this time of Egg Coddlers and Egg cups.  Of course I have a story of how this started.
My Mother went to England back in the '80's and brought me several fun gifts.  One was this Egg Coddler, 
... an egg coddler, a porcelain cup or ramekin with a lid used similarly to a bain-marie. The inside of the egg coddler is first buttered in order to flavour the egg and allow it to be removed more easily. A raw egg (sometimes with additional flavourings) is then broken into the coddler, which is then placed in a pan of near-boiling water for 7-8 minutes.
Coddlers have been manufactured by Royal Worcester in Worcester, UK, since at least the 1890s, and were probably invented there. Many companies now make egg coddlers, and some are highly sought after collectors’ items.

 
Over time I picked up a few at Thrift stores and my Mother gave me another one she also bought in England. 

This one was made by COALPORT , a member of the Wedgewood group.  I love the Blue design on this coddler.
 

This was found at a thrift shop, it was only $1 probably because the top ring is broken, but I still have it.  This was made by Wedgewood.
   
Both of these small coddlers are made by Royal Worchester
I must admit to never having used these to coddle eggs which I imagine are close to our so called 'soft boiled'



The Egg cup collection started quite by accident as many collections do.  I found two little egg cups in the thrift store for a very inexpensive price (cheap!) and they were cute with fruits & veggies on them.  I thought they would look cute with colored eggs .
Well as things often do I found another one.  This one was milk glass with a lovely pale green on it.  
 

Two milk glass egg cups followed
Then last August on the Longest Yard Sale I bought this one

I don't see a lot of vintage egg cups at the thrift but I do love them and it's a slow growing collection.

So since I love Eggs....scrambled, poached,fried, hard boiled, egg salad, deviled eggs and Omelets, this seems a natural collection!

That's it for this weeks Alphabe-Thursday and Vintage Thingy Thursday.  Be sure to go by and check out all the other posts.
Always,
Linda
   

64 comments:

GWENDOLYN said...

That is quite a collection. I have never seen the ones with the lids. They are very pretty.
Blessings!
Gwen

P. said...

Those are gorgeous. I especially like the egg coddlers. Mm, eggs...I know what I'm having for breakfast.

LV said...

I have never seen so many egg cups. They are very pretty. Most of all I enjoyed reading the story behind them.

Postcardy said...

I've seen egg cups, but I never saw coddlers before.

bonnie said...

I love your collection. I inherited my mother's egg cups. She had quite a variety of styles and patterns, but I wish I had some of the milk glass ones~now I have something to look for when I go fleamarketing!

Chatty Crone said...

I too have seen the egg cups - and they are pretty.

But the egg coddlers - just the name - you can picture them just holding the eggs ever so closely - gently.

They were so pretty and delicate.

I don't know which one was my favorite.

Sandie

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

I am so glad to know what those thingies with the lid and ring are for. I've seen them, but had no clue. Thanks for the info and the history. Very nice collection...I kinda think the Milk Glass is my Fav.

ClassyChassy said...

Sure enjoyed viewing your collection, and I got educated on egg coddlers too! Never knew what those things were - now I wish I'd have gotten a few! Love the one with the raspberries on it!

CC said...

Oh my gosh!!!! I love,love,love them.
I also collect egg cups when I can find them..yours are just beautiful..but the egg coddlers are past beautiful. I've never seen them before,but I will sure pay attention and look for then now when I'm out thrifting/antiquing.. you have a wonderful collection.. Happy VTT..

Jeanne said...

Wow, learn something new every day, I have never seen the ones with lids and I live in the midwest and don't see many of them at all. COOL COLLECTION. thanks for sharing.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Linda,
I just learned something new!! Thanks! I've seen those egg coddlers and had no idea. Nice collection of both! Love the milk glass egg cup.
Warmly,
Deb :)

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I've led a sheltered life. I've never heard of egg coddlers. Very interesting and informative post. I like your egg cup collection too.

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

Wow, what treasures!! I do not have even one egg cup. Now you have inspired me to look for some. Beautiful!! Thanks so much for stopping by:-)

mrs. c said...

I love your egg cups, I have a thing about collectibles, if they do not have a use....I don't want themBUT I can think of so many things I could/would do with your little egg cups. I love the milk glass ones@

GardenofDaisies said...

I love your egg cups and coddlers! So pretty! What a wonderful collection!! I love milk glass, and I also like the black berry one!

Diann said...

Linda, those are just awesome! Seriously awesome! LOL I do not have even one egg cup! Can you belive that!! I have been scouring for them at thrift stores and still can't find any. But, you know me, I WILL find some! LOL Your collection is really wonderful!

Have a great day!

Bits-n-Pieces said...

lots of pretties!!

Jo said...

I love that last egg cup ... gorgeous! I always wondered what an egg coddler was for ... now i know! :)

Claudie said...

Linda you always have such cool things to show us. I had no idea what they were. You should try it one day and let us know if they really work lol
You have lot's of collectors things. You really do!! Me I just collect junk, but good junk.
Round 2 root canal over today. Long one again. Next week it should all be over... and so will Jake the fake lol
Love Ya
Love Claudie
xoxoxo

Prim2Pink said...

What an interesting collection! I love the story behind the egg coddlers!
I can only think of one egg cup that I have. It is jadite.
Judy

Eclectic Thrifty Chic said...

All your egg treasures are great. You have a very nice collection!

Riet said...

Your eggcobblers are beautiful. Only last year we were in a bed and breakfast in France when we got our eggs in a cobbler. It was such an experience as I had never seen these before. Then some weeks ago I found a shop where they sell them but they are sooo expensive that I passed.I like your eggcups too.

Troy said...

I had heard the term "coddled eggs" quite a bit, but never really knew what they were. I'mnot sure they would make my top ten food list, but at least now I know what they are.

Very Educational post.

My name is PJ. said...

Oh my gosh! I had never seen an egg coddler before and they're so lovely! Really special!

I love your egg cups too. I've only ever seen plain ones, so these really caught my attention.

Eggcellent E's!!

Maggie B said...

Hi Linda,
I have 6 egg coddlers like yours all with the bramble design, and I do use them!
You should try a coddled egg at least once, they are the devil to get clean afterwards though!
~Maggie~

5thsister said...

What an unusual, unique collection! Quite lovely, really.

Julie Schuler said...

I love the shape of egg cups. That pale green milk glass is a beauty. I regret that the only kind of egg I can make is scrambled.. I guess I can do hard boiled, too. But I definitely can't do over easy.

dee dee said...

Thank you for sharing your excellent collection! I love milk glass... how pretty!
Dee Dee

Vonlipi said...

We had quite a few egg coddlers at my parent's house. My dad would make some for breakfast.

mbkatc230 said...

What a beautiful collection. I never knew what an egg coddler was, now I do. Thanks! I love that pale green milk glass egg cup, so pretty. Great post for E! Kathy

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Linda, This is my favorite collection this week! I love the egg cups, and I did not know that they existed in milk glass, which I have a small collection of. I will have to keep my eyes open for them.
♥, Susan

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

What a great collection. It's not something you see very often, but they sure are cute.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Egg coddlers - what an interesting collection! I don't think I've known about them before. I have a few egg cups that I use during Easter. Your white milk glass egg cups are my favorite!

Katherine

Susan Wicker said...

Wow, Linda. Those were neat collections. Had not heard of coddlers before. Loved the egg cups. Cool. Sincerely, Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

Chickens in the Basement said...

Wow, you have stumbled upon some beautiful egg cups! Love the one with the green creeping up the top. I don't think I've ever seen milk glass egg cups.

Viki said...

I can't wait to see if you have more collections to fit the alphabet.

Ann Creek said...

Aren't collections wonderful. It only takes a few items to get us started. Love all of the egg cups. My fav is the blue one that is Royal Worchester. The one you bought at the longest garage sale is really special too.
Ann
tin and sparkle

Denise Marie said...

The incredible, edible egg. lol
wonderful collections. I never knew those were egg coddlers.

Tara Beaulieu said...

Gorgeous! My mother collects egg coddlers and egg cups (but oddly does not eat eggs!) I grew up with walls of display shelves covered in these pretty little pieces, some of yours look familiar to me, great stuff!

Amanda said...

Your collections are great! I rarely see egg coddlers or egg cups in thrift stores (or any stores)! Thanks for sharing!

Jenny said...

Love your collection. Do you use them? I'm not sure if I would love a coddled egg or not but what a gorgeous presentation!

A+ for an E legant and E ngaging "E" post!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What an amazing collection! Thanks for sharing about the egg cups and coddlers.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Sarah said...

What a fun collection! We've had the egg coddlers by Royal Worchester since we first married almost 35 years ago now. Coddled eggs are great. Thanks for sharing this beautiful collection.

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Fun collections! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!

Anna said...

http://www.blogger.com/profile/07847305862839809298
I have never heard of an egg coddler before. How interesting! And you posted so many beautiful photos. You must have spent a good deal of time on this.
My post is done in a hurry in between watching the children and cleaning the kitchen because my husband decided he wanted to bake tonight. He wants to work in a spotless kitchen!
So my post is fast but serves its purpose.
Clever of you to do two memes at the same time. I was also going to do that, and changed my mind at the last minute.

Miri said...

What a great collection! I especially love your lovely egg cups-so simple and elegant.

Coddled eggs are more like poached eggs than soft boiled.

Amy said...

I love your collection! That milkglass hobnail egg cup is awesome!

Beth said...

Love your egg coddlers. We received two as a wedding gift. Very nice collection!

laterg8r said...

what a beautiful collection :D

Chatty Crone said...

I want you to go to my blog today and take the Prolific Writer Award - I love your blog,your vintage items, and your stories. Let me know if you take it. Sandie

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Hi Linda. I never knew what an egg coddler was. They are soooo pretty! Rosie

Shelia said...

Hi Linda and it's so nice to meet you! Oh, I love those little egg coddlers. I have seen these before but I must confess I didn't know what they were used for. You have some nice ones.
Now I love egg cups and have a few. I need to find some more.
I do hope you'll come back and visit sometimes.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Coloradolady said...

What a great collection, I have seen the egg coddlers but had no idea what they were...learned something new today! Happy VTT!

Joyce said...

Now that is a cute little collection. I just saw the cutes egg cup last week at my local thrift store and I would have picked it up for you had I known you collected these as it was only $1 and it was so cute.
Joyce

Serendipity Handmade said...

The coddlers are wonderful and I'm quite jealous of your Crown Ducal egg cup. Crown Ducal is easy to find in the UK but so very hard to find in the States!

Debbie said...

What a fun collection. I want to attend the longest yard sale one of these days, sounds like a great time.

Suzanne said...

Hi Linda,
What a lovely collection. I have never seen them with lids either...or if I did, wasn't aware of what they were:-) I love milk glass and I am determined to get to the longest yard sale this year:-)

mub said...

How fun! I really like the bumpy milk glass one. I see egg cups at the thrifts here ALL the time, but never did in the US. I wonder if it's a cultural thing?

Barbara Jean said...

These are great. Never heard of egg coddlers before!

Thanks for coming by to visit.

blessings

barbara jean

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a pretty collection - Thanks for sharing it with us.

Catherine said...

What an Elegant collection!
Blessings,
Catherine :)

Melinda Cornish said...

I love the coddlers! I have seen them before, and never knew what they were...thanks for the great collection pictures! melinda

Sue said...

Love the coddlers but my favorite has to be the milk glass egg cups...I have never seen them in milk glass before and you know I'm a collector....Can't wait for this years longest yard sale...I'm saving my pennies from now...

Jodie LeJeune said...

Linda!
I have NEVER heard (or seen) an egg coddler! Or with all of my flea market jaunts, I might have seen them but didn't know what they were! These are gorgeous!!! I am in love with all of the porcelain patterns. In LOVE!
Now thanks to you, I'll have something new to search for this year!!!
Your collection is beautiful!!!