Before we begin, may I just mention that we have a bit of snow on the ground this morning?
No, you’re not seeing things. Snow. It will be gone in a few hours, but you can imagine my shock when I got up this morning. Will this friggin’ winter never end?
Okay. Deep breath, Claudia. On to happy things, like egg cups.
Today’s group of egg cups lives on a charming shelf or ‘whatnot’ in our bedroom. It’s the first shelf unit I bought to house my growing collection. I love it.
And I haven’t painted it!
I once was picking something up from the floor and bumped my head on the bottom shelf, causing two egg cups to fall and break. They’ve been repaired, but I was not a happy camper. I also was clearly not paying attention to what I was doing.
We’ll start with the top shelf:
1. An egg cup with legs, the feet clad in Mary Janes. This looks to be a part of Carlton Ware’s Walking Ware line. Made in England. This cup is unmarked, which makes me a wee bit suspicious that it’s a copy.
2. A rooster pulling a cart. Made in California. It still has the metallic sticker (that’s a really good thing for a collector.) I found it in a local shop. The sticker says “Made in California. Rio Mondo Potteries. El Monte, CA”
3. A rabbit on an egg cup. That’s a porcelain egg I found somewhere or other inside the cup.
4. One of the very first egg cups I found. It’s lustreware and it’s beautiful. Made in Japan. That’s a glass egg inside the cup.
5. A chick emerging from an egg. This egg cup is vintage but the design itself is still being made. From Bordallo Pinheiro, Portugal.
6. Another of my first finds. Very basic double egg cup in green and white. Unmarked.
1. The other Fannie Farmer Egg cup that I own. I love, love this one. Fannie Farmer and Made in USA are molded into the base. It’s very heavy and it was made by Brush McCoy Pottery. Yes, that McCoy. I see a lot of these with the red paint missing or flaking off. This particular one is in pristine condition. Painted egg in cup from Prague.
2. A bunny rabbit, not unlike one I featured yesterday, carrying the egg cup. Unmarked.
3. A new egg cup, one of two that Don brought back for me from Prague. It’s a Souvenir Egg Cup (there are a lot of them out there and I’m hoping to add to that part of my collection in the future.)
4. A goose pulling an egg cart. Lovely colors and a lustreware-like glaze. Marked ‘Japan.’ The painted egg in the cup is from Prague.
5. A lustreware duck egg cup. Made in Japan. Part of a group of egg cups given to me by my mom. She found them at antique stores and yard sales.
6. A Delft egg cup from Holland. Marked with the number 28. Given to me by my mom.
7. One of my first eBay finds, a Holt Howard Rooster double egg cup. Marked Holt Howard 1961.
1. My most recent find: a beautiful red transferware double egg cup. Found it in a local shop. It’s unmarked, but I’m pretty sure it was made by Johnson Bros.
2. A chick breaking out of an egg. It’s unmarked. Given to me by Mom.
3. A Walking Ware egg cup made by Carlton Ware in England. Marked with Carlton Ware and Walking Ware, England. Love the green Mary Janes and the cute socks.
4. Another egg cup from Prague – this one is square-shaped. From Don.
5. An egg cup with a wooden base and a porcelain top decorated with roses. Marked ‘Japan.’ Given to me by my mom.
6. Beautiful brown transferware egg cup. Marked Mason’s Vista. Made in England.
(The painting is by Christie Repasy.)
More coming tomorrow in Egg Cup Eggstravaganza 2014, Part Three. And yes, there will be a Part Four.