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Egg cup

  • Place of origin:

    Staffordshire (made)

  • Date:

    1870-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Transfer-printed earthenware

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss E. S. Briggs, in memory of Mrs L. K. Briggs and Miss E. Southard

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 125b, case 2

Object Type
From the 18th century there were a number of types of ceramic equipment for separating, poaching, draining and holding eggs - and even for egg-beating. Egg cups came singly or, rather more grandly, in sets of six or more, held in a circular stand. A reversible shape, as used in this very modest example, was common. The transfer print here has been hurriedly and inexpertly applied.

Design & Designing
The Willow Pattern is probably the best-known and most enduring of ceramic patterns. It was engraved by Thomas Minton (1766-1836) for Thomas Turner at Caughley, where it was first introduced in about 1780. There are many different versions of the pattern, the more familiar of which date from the early 19th century. The story of a pair of lovers escaping over a bridge from an irate parent ,which is now attached to the scene, was invented in about 1900. The pattern was used by virtually every one of the major factories and also by many of the smaller ones.

Place of Origin

Staffordshire (made)


1870-1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Transfer-printed earthenware


Diameter: 5.2 cm maximum, Height: 4.2 cm

Object history note

Made in Staffordshire

Descriptive line

Double Egg Cup

Labels and date

British Galleries:
Lightly boiled eggs were a popular Victorian food at breakfast or at afternoon high tea. This cup could be reversed to eat the egg either in the upright position or on its side. [27/03/2003]
Double egg cup
Made in Staffordshire, about 1870-1900
Lead-glazed earthenware

C.25-1972 Given by Miss E S Briggs in memory of Mrs L K Briggs and Miss E Southard [23/05/2008]


Ceramics; Food vessels & Tableware; British Galleries


Ceramics Collection

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