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Egg cup stand and cups

Egg cup stand and cups

  • Place of origin:

    Sheffield (made)

  • Date:

    early 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sheffield plate; egg cup interiors gilt

  • Credit Line:

    The Wolseley Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Egg cup sets or egg cruets were an 18th century innovation. They were one of a number of specialised articles which evolved from the 18th century preoccupation with elegant and refined dining. The earliest recorded egg cup frame in silver dates from 1740. This is an early 19th century example.

Sheffield plate originated, with the discovery in 1742, that bars of silver and copper, in unequal proportions, fused by heating under pressure, could be rolled into sheets of laminated metal and worked like silver. The industry this material created flourished for about 100 years until superseded by electroplating in the 1840s.

Physical description

Four rings for the egg cups, supported by six uprights springing from an oblong trough with reeded border; four tapering feet; loop handle at the top; the lips of the egg cups gadrooned.

Place of Origin

Sheffield (made)


early 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Sheffield plate; egg cup interiors gilt


Height: 18.03 cm, Length: 22.86 cm

Descriptive line

Egg cup stand and cups, Sheffield plate, the interior of egg cups gilt, English, early 19th century

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail


Sheffield plate; Gold


Eating; Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery

Production Type

Mass produced


Metalwork Collection

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