A SMALL COLLECTION OF ANTIQUE SILVER
AND OBJECTS OF VERTU
THE WHAT IS? SILVER DICTIONARY

EGG BOILER - EGG CODDLER
EGG CUP
EGG-CUP FRAME
EGG SPOON

The egg boiler (or egg coddler) is a vessel used to boil or coddler one or more eggs.
It has a cylindrical or oval shape with a dome.
The receptacle contains a frame or wire rings holding the eggs while being cooked.
The central handle with a loop allows to lift the device from the water.
They are usually accompanied by a stand holding a spirit lamp.
ovoid egg boler with spirit lamp
The egg-cup is a small semi-ovoid cup on a stemmed base used for serving a boiled egg.
Sometimes they have openwork decoration or pierced patterns.
Around the top they have a rim or an everted shape to support the cup when placed in the egg-cup frame.

The egg-cup frame is a stand supporting several egg cups.
They consist of a tray of various forms and styles (square, oval, triangular or canoe shape) or a circular guard-ring where the egg-cups are suspended. Often the base has little studs which fit into the bases of the egg cups.
Sometimes the egg-cup frame is combined with a frame holding egg-spoons, salt cellar and toast rack.
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