Egg cup

Egg cup

An egg cup, sometimes called egg server, is a container used for serving boiled eggs within their shell. Egg cups have an upwardly portion to hold the egg and often include a base to raise the egg retaining portion and give stability, informally known as "footies". Other types include: no pedestal, just a cup known as "buckets" and egg-sized on one side and bigger on the other end known as "doubles".

They can be made of china, pottery, wood, plastic, glass and various metals.

The Egg cup is a collectible item. There are newsletters for egg cup collectors, "Eggcup Collectors'Corner" in the U.S., there are also egg cup conventions for collectors in England. Collecting egg cups is called Pocillovy; it comes from the Latin "pocillum" for small cup and "ovi" for eggs.

The first cocktail (the Sazerac) was made in an egg cup. A New Orleans bartender named Glen Skidmore in the early 1800s invented a mixed drink of absinthe, brandy and bitters which he served in an egg cup. cite book
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Egg cups have been used since prehistoric times, with some of the earliest occurrence on Minoan Crete. [ John D. Pendlebury, "The Archaeology of Crete", 1991, Biblo & Tannen Publishers ISBN 0819601217] In particular, archaeological recovery at the Bronze Age palace of Cretan Knossos reveals the presence of eggshell cup use as early as the 18th century BC. [ [ C. Michael Hogan, "Knossos fieldnotes", The Modern Antiquarian (2007)] ]

External links

* [ Egg cups]
* [ An Egg Cup A Day]


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