When I was growing up, one of the oddest items in my mother's kitchen cabinets was a set of two egg cups. They were red wooden cups with a face painted on front --- Humpty Dumpty's, I suppose! --- and little striped knit hat that you pulled over the top of your hard-boiled egg! I don't remember eating hard-boiled eggs that often. They usually went straight into egg salad or potato salad, so the egg cups stayed on the shelf. Elusive little items that rarely made the table. I'm not sure if she still has them - or even where she picked them up in the first place. (And did she launder the little hats every time they were used?)
Do people make even egg cups any more? It seems as if the modern breakfast is so rushed (if not skipped altogether) that few people would take the time to hard boil an egg and present it at the table on a pretty cup. If you do a search for egg cups on eBay though, there are page after page chock full of egg cups --- in every size, shape, and color you can imagine. Egg cups in glass, pottery, porcelain, and early plastics. Egg cups decorated with chickens, ducks, cartoon characters, and - oh-so popular during the '40s - little Dutch people! They must have once been considered necessary for the fully-equipped housewife. Do any of you have egg cups among your vintage collectibles? If you don't eat hard-boiled eggs at the table yourself, can you think of any other uses for vintage egg cups?