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"Success Model Maria" by Philipp Rosenthal                                         German      

Since 1914 the manufacturers Rosenthal produced the "success model Maria"; in the meantime it has appeared in two forms and with more than 50 different patterns. Originally, the well-known eggcup was 7 cm high and had a 10 mm pedestal. Later, the 6 cm high model prevailed with a 5 mm high pedestal. In 1879 the "history of the manufacturers Rosenthal" began. The porcelain painter Philipp Rosenthal, who at the time was already successful, leased Margrave Castle, Erkersreuth in Selb in Upper Franconia (now Bavaria in Germany) and founded his own porcelain painting.  10 years later he moved to Selb and so began the production of porcelain. Over the following years, the company Rosenthal became so powerful that it was able to buy up other factories; sometimes very famous porcelain factories and partly continue with their famous brands. So now the Thomas Porcelain factory as well as Zeidler and brand, belongs as much to the Rosenthal Group as Waldershof and Hutschenreuther. Rosenthal himself was prevented from taking over the Irish Waterford Wedgewood plc by a majority shareholder from 1997.  Their successor company sold the 2009 Rosenthal division to the Italian cutlery manufacturer Sambonet Paderno.


Decor Summer Bouquet, 5 mm, 6 cm high

      
earlier form with 10 mm stand                later shape with 5 mm Stand 


7 cm height with 1 cm high shaft

  
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Sommerstrauß                      ?           

  
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  weiß                       Streublümchen                        ?     

   
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6 cm high with 5 mm high shaft

      
        Weiß                             Schwarz                                        Sommerstrauß                       

        
     Rosenranke blau                          ?                                       ?                                        ?                               Weinlaub
 


Decor Animal live, 5mm Stand, 6 cm high


     
       Garden                            Rustica                           Sommerflirt                       Paradies    

     
     Petersburg                       St. Germain

        
          Pink Rose                                ?                                Animal Live                     Stiefmütterchen   
 


Decor Streublümchen, 10 mm distance, 7 cm high

 
Relief at the foot
 

Bodenmarke ca. 1930

Bodenmarke 1988


Decor white with solid plate, 5mm Stand*

  
Phtos: Anderson, Diener, Koetsier - Translation: Lesley Kilby                        © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum

The name "Rosenthal" is a protected by law.
The use here facilitates the exact description of the exhibits and their origin.

 



 



August Warnecke – Nordic, Friesian, good

The trading company Warnecke was founded in the 1920s by August Warnecke. The head office was located in the Schnackenburgallee in Hamburg. There are several world-famous foreign factories exclusively represented on the German market. In addition, a new own series with many different patterns such as Ostfriesische Rose (E. Fresian rose) , Ostfriesland (E. Friesland) , Hybiscus, Friesisch Blau (Fresian blue) und Nikko grün (Nikko green) were developed by August Warnecke. These were hand painted over many years. Some designs were later applied using the Steel engraving process. The dishes were prepared in a factory in Japan, exclusively for Warnecke. The old logo is the blue AW-amphora with branches on both sides, but in the 1990s a more modern logo was also used.


The “Ostfriesland” pattern is the most popular series
and can be found in all traditional East Frisian homes

Production stopped in 1999, since when there have been many imitators and also a Company run by AW (August Warnecke) with products made in Japan and using many Warnecke models and patterns. However, these machine-made dishes lack the charm of the hand-painted small treasures from the House of Warnecke.


Dekor Tuliptime

In addition to tea and coffee services there are even egg cups, spice and tea caddies, small vases and candlesticks, sugar bowls and all sorts of different confectionery and other dishes, round or square, with or without feet and with or without the perforated pattern on the edge.

                   Frisisch Blue                ----- Ostfriesland pattern from various production times -----                        Frisia     

        
         Hybiscus                       Füllhorn                 Ostfrisische Rose                    ???             


            Leopard                      Blue Aster                    Pfingstrose                       Delfzijl                           Hamburg

        
Green Distel                     ?????                          Tuliptime    

                 Nikko green                     Nikko red                      Nikko blue                China Purpur rred          China Purpur blue                      

Photos: Diener, Koetsier                                                                                        © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum
Translation: Lesley Kilby

The name "August Warnecke" is a protected by law. The use here facilitates the exact description of the exhibits and their origin.


 




Eggcups are also popular with Deruta Ceramics                                 


In the small village of Deruta in Umbria, Italy, production of majolica has been operated and maintained for over 800 years. The local companies produce all sorts of ceramics; predominantly handcrafted items that are exclusively hand painted. From there comes the famous rooster pattern in blue, red and green that is frequently wrongly described as coming from Portugal by those lacking expert knowledge.


Original eggcups from a pottery in Deruta.

 


The rooster pattern was so well received that it was often imitated.
Top two Bavarian replicas of Umbrian Decoration with the name "Gallo Verde”
and (Green Rooster) and "Gallo Azul" (blue rooster).

Produced with printed decor with Vogt-Keramik GmbH in Rosenheim.
Beneath this a version of the house of Kocheler Keramik,
Bertram Klein from Kockel am See, also in Bavaria. Hand-painted in faience.

 
Photos: Diener                                                                                                        © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum
Translation: Lesley Kilby

The name "Vogt-Keramik" and "Kocheler Keramik" arw protected by law. The use here facilitates the exact description of the exhibits and their origin.

 



 

»McEgg 2013« by WMF plagiarized - for the second time                   

The eggcup by Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG, Geislingen ​​in Germany (WMF) and the fake from Dubai resemble one another like peas in a pod. For the second time a foreign manufacturer has shamelessly copied and marketed WMF’s funny eggcup “McEgg”. WMF has already sold over a million copies of the cheerful artisan egg cups for children. Thus a success attracting pirates, even if "McEgg " is a protected trademark.


Left Original: WMF AG, Geislingen/Steige, Germany
Right Fake: Distribution: RNA Resources Group Ltd., Dubai

On 15th February 2013, the anti-prize "Plagiarius" (Plagiarism) (a black dwarf with a golden nose) that was launched in 1977 at the consumer goods fair "Ambiente" in Frankfurt / Main (Germany), was awarded for the 37th time. Originals and copies were there on display. Ten blatant, outright cases of plagiarism were "awarded". Piracy should be publicised like this. The cheerful "McEgg" was also there, distributed by the "RNA Resources Group" of Dubai and made somewhere in Asia. In 2003, the same WMF Eggcup was plagiarized before. At that time lawyers of WMF succeeded in having all the illegal, fake copies destroyed.
 

Photo: WMF                                                                                                           © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum
Translation: Lesley Kilby    

The name "WMF" is a protected by law. The use here facilitates the exact description of the exhibits and their origin.


               



The Good Soldier Schwejk                                                                                     

The quibbling "Good Soldier Schwejk" is a figure by Jaroslav Hašek, which appeared for the first time in 1911 in a play in Prague. Svejk is a trademark of Bohemia (one of the three countries of the Czech Republic) and therefore it is not surprising that the little fellow has also found his way to a six-piece egg cup series; these are also often used as shot glasses.

The famous porcelain factory, »Haas & Czjzek« from Horní Slavkov (German: Schlaggenwald) made these in the 1960s.

All six scene images of this group are from Jaroslav Hašek's novel 'The Story of the Good Soldier Svejk during World War II.

                  
        
Mrs. Müller and Svejk                                     Svejk arrested                                Svejk standing to Attention

                
        Svejk marches through                                       Svejk with                                    Svejk meets the police-                   the winter landscape                        Brigadier von Schwarzenberg                 spy Brettschneider in Klech
                                                                                                                    
The set has the "H & C Stamp" in blue or gold, with two fir trees, the letter H & C, as well as another "H". The stamp is enclosed with the inscription "MADE IN CZECHSLOVAKIA". A second set of the same design was brought onto the market without stamps.

                                   
                          
The most common form with stamp             Rarer form without stamp
 

Enclosed with the original packaging


Original Packaging

Svejk (Švejk Czech) is a typical Prague character, who battles through life with guile and wit and tries to be a soldier to dodge the war effort. Through his behaviour and mischievous expression, he criticised the futility of war and thus the logic of friend and foe. In Nazi Germany, Hašek's novel 'The Good Soldier Schweik "(original title »The story of the Good Soldier Svejk during the World War«) was on the so-called" »Black List« and thus belonged to the burnt books whose possession was a criminal offence.
Bertolt Brecht was so impressed by the figure of Svejk that he wrote the play »Schweyk in the Secount World War« in 1942 whilst in exile in the US.  Nazis take the place of domination by »the House of Habsburg« the and W.W.ll replaces W.W.l. The play is written by Bertolt Brecht in the style of epic theatre and was premiered in Warsaw 1957.

Haas & Czjzek also brought out other eggcups in similar form e.g. these two with scenes of Prague.

   

 

      

     

From the 1990s the Czech Porcelain factory “Thuny” in Karlovy (formerly Karlsbad) brought out the same series. This is hard to distinguish from the original series. The Karlsbad ones only left out the gold line on the inside. “Thuny, Czechoslovakia” is often confused with the manufacturers Thun from Bozen in Northern Italy.  Both are however completely separate companies.

Photos: Anderson, Diener                                                                                      © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum
Translation: Lesley Kilby


The name "Haas & Czjzek" and "Thuny" is a protected by law. The use here facilitates the exact description of the exhibits and their origin.

 



Betty Boop                                                                                                                  Text in German

is a cartoon character from the Max Fleischer cartoons that have been continued to be produced after the takeover and subsequent bankruptcy of Fleischer Studios part of Paramount Studios. The first animated films were made in 1930 in the Talkartoon series. Later followed an own Betty Boop series. As her name sounds (boop/boob), the hallmark of Betty Boop is her sex appeal.
With a short skirt, garter and curly Bob she embodies the Flapper Girl of the Roaring Twenties. Typical of this type of woman she was dressed to thrill, loved to celebrate and dance. Betty Boop was the first female cartoon character with their own sexuality. Other female cartoon characters such as Minnie Mouse were virtually represented as sexless beings. The Betty Boop-cartoons are full of sexual innuendo. So there is hardly a cartoon, where she does not need to hitch up her slipping garter or unsuccessfully hold down her billowing skirt. Due to the great popularity of these cartoons, it is not surprising that Betty Bob has also found her way onto egg cups. The first specimen, shown below, is from the collection of Ad Koetsier from the Netherlands and the other two examples are from the collection of Nels Anderson from Luissiana.

              

 

Photos: Anderson                                                                                                   © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum
Translation: Lesley Kilby


The name "Betty Boop" is a protected by law. The use here facilitates the exact description of the exhibits and their origin.

 



Chicken and Rooster                                                                              Text in German                                                                                                                          
Scenes from the farm such as chickens, roosters and chicks are a very popular motif for eggcups and are very popular all over the world with collectors. No wonder - no chicken, no egg and no egg, no egg cups...
Here we will deal with eggcups with chicken and rooster motifs and show a sample of an almost infinite variety of this subject, which began with the first “Chicken Egg Cup” made by the Schumann factory, Moabit in Germany in 1835.

       
                  Hand-painted rooster,           Hand-painted rooster in Reserve,        
Schumann Moabit 1835 - 1837              Limoges 1870 - 1900      

At that time, the renowned porcelain manufactures were not really giving any attention to the chicken / rooster decoration, since it was not easily adaptable to a classic dinnerware. That was much easier done by decorating dinnerware with little flower, fruit or fantasy patterns. On the other hand chicken fit much better on dinnerware than protected songbirds, Chinese dragons or windmills. It was only the private porcelain factories of the Gründer-period such F. A. Schumann in Moabit, Germany, Tressemanes & Vogt in Limoges, France, Philip Rosenthal in Selb, Germany and Thomas in Marktredwitz, Germany who finally gave the chicken the honor to be represented on an eggcup and thus paved the way for the triumph of the “Chicken on the Cup”, which flourished during the Art Nouveau and Art Deco period and continues to this day.
Décor images whether in form of decals or transfer templates were often purchased and used by various manufactures. That is why many eggcups look apparently so similar. Here an example.


Ensemble with different motifs by Josef Rieber, Selb (Germany) from around 1920.
Transfer printed image, framed with airbrush patterns and luster glaze.


Similar design with lustre glaze, but or image.
Manufacturer unknown.

       
Two art nouveau cups by Julius Rother,
Mitterteich (Germany) from 1905.
Again with transfer printed image,
framed with airbrush patterns and luster glaze.

                                
Eggcups from factorys in Thuringia (Germany) from around 1930.
Again with transfer printed image, framed with airbrush patterns and luster glaze.

It is evident that one copied from the other. The use of airbrush patterns and luster glaze are techniques that require very skillful craftsmanship. It is even more regrettable that some manufacturers apparently lacked own ideas or simply copied lucrative series by other factories.
Chicken motifs are rarely seen on eggcups by English factories, which certainly has a reason, which could not so far not be unraveled by the author.

In Germany the most famous “Chicken Eggcup” is hand-painted, from the series "Rooster and Chicken" by the Zeller Ceramics Factory from Zell am Harmersbach, Germany. Designed in 1898 by Karl Schöner the popular pattern has become a cult and to this day, even far beyond the borders of Germany, it is attractive for young and old.

Schöners Rooster, for more than 110 years almost unchanged

      
                  18?? - 19??                           18?? - today                     Manufacturing exclusively             
                                                                                    in handmade

   
                           18?? - 19??                          18?? - 19??                            18?? - 19??                              

    
Version with fixed plate 19?? - 19?? and 19?? - 19??

 
 Cheap plagiarism from Taiwan

Since most "Chicken Eggcups" are not marked, they can be assigned only with difficulty to a factory. We still would like to try and ask all our readers to help with that task.

        
         China                "Mr. Rooster"          Deutschland                  4 ?              F.A. Schumann (D)            6 ?

         
             7 ?                        8 ?                        9 ?               Beyer & Bock (D)            Japan                   Japan

         
(F) (Quimper Stil)  T.&Vogt, Limoges (F)    Villeroy & Boch, Farmers Spring             England                     18 ?

           
           19 ?                        20 ?             Josef Rieber (D)     Josef Rieber (D)     Josef Rieber (D)               24 ?

        
            25 ?                        26 ?                      27 ?                       28 ?                Deutschland               Terpa

         
Zeller Keramik (D)             32 ?                       33 ?                       34 ?                        35 ?                       36 ?

         
Tressm.&Vogt (D)              38 ?                 Leonardo Collection, Farmyard              England           Limoges 1870-00

            
           43 ?                       44 ?                       45 ?                       46 ?                       47 ?                      48 ?

          
         China                     China                    China                    China                    China                    China

           
         China                     China                    China                    China                    China                    China

                     61 ?                       62 ?                        63 ?           Rosenthal (D) 1905              65 ?                      66 ?

            
           67 ?                     Japan                    Japan                      70 ?                  Thomas (D)           Japan (rot)

             
        Japan                      74 ?                         75 ?                      Japan                    77 ?                 Rörstrand (S)

                    England              Rosenthal (D)        Rosenthal (D)         Rosenthal (D)         Rosenthal (D)               Japan

              
      Deruta (I)                Portugal                 Portugal                   88 ?                Quimper (F)                  90 ?

           
        Beyer & Bock, Thüringen (D)       Metzler&Ortloff, Ilmenau (D) um 1920              Interpresent KJ (D)              

         
       Djem (NL)              Djem (NL)              Djem (NL)             Djem (NL)              Djem (NL)             Djem (NL)

         
    Böhmen (CSR)    Zeller Uli Stein (D)            105 ?                     106 ?                      107 ?                     108 ?

         
    Thüringen (D)        Thüringen (D)        Thüringen (D)        Thüringen (D)         Thüringen (D)              Japan  

           
   aus Dolomit (I)              116 ?                  TheSkinnyCardCompany (GB)                  119 ?                     120 ?

         
          121 ?                     122 ?                      123 ?         Schomburg&Söhne, Rosslau, (D) um 1920          126 ?

          
          127 ?                                 -----  Beyer & Bock, Volkstedt (D) um 1910  ------                                132 ?

             
Emma Bridgewater       Arabia, SF                 135 ?                   Japan                    137 ?            Beyer & Bock (D)      Blue Hen (GB)

         
   Nympfenburg                     --- Frankreich ---                            142 ?                      143 ?                     144 ?

         
           145 ?                     146 ?                     147 ?                     148 ?                      149 ?                     150 ?

         
           151 ?                     152 ?                     153 ?                     154 ?                      155 ?                 Rumänien

         
          157 ?                      158 ?                      159?                     160?                       161?                     China

         
                                                               ---- VEB Kahla, Thüringen ----

 

Photos: Anderson, Koetsier, Diener, Köneke, Haak, Zeller Keramik et al            © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum
Translation:
Dr. Anna de Vincenz

The name "Beyer & Bock", "Bridgewater", "Metzler&Ortloff", "Rörstrand", "Rosenthal", "Rosslau", "Schomburg & Söhne" and "Zeller Keramik" arw protected by law. The use here facilitates the exact description of the exhibits and their origin.

 



Popeye and Olive Oyl                                                                                                            

Popeye is a comic and cartoon character by the American cartoonist Elzie Crisler Segar. In over 80 years of his existence the fight-loving sailor and his girlfriend "Olive Oyl" gained worldwide fame. Exceptions are later media such as films and computer games as well as the music.
Popeye’s permanent trademark, spinach, was introduced in the cartoons. He swallowed it by the whole canful, to develop unimagined powers for his countless brawls. Popeye’s love of spinach was based on the former opinion that considers this vegetable to be an ideal tonic because of its allegedly high iron content. However, the exceptionally high iron content was based on a fatal miscalculation of the Swiss physiologist Gustav von Bunge. A study published in 2012 by the Swedish Karolinska Institute comes to the conclusion, that the nitrates rather than the iron contained in spinach can promote the growth of muscles, especially those for endurance.

          
Olive Oyl und Popeye                                                                                      Olive Oyl und Popeye

      
           Popeye                                                Olive Oyl                                            Popeye         
 

Photos: Anderson                                                                                                   © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum
Translation: Lesley Kilby

The name "Popeye" and "Olive Oyl" arw protected by law. The use here facilitates the exact description of the exhibits and their origin.


 



Kahla – children’s designs                                                                                     

Here is a picture collection of unique egg cups with children’s designs from the former VEB Feinkeramik in Kahla / Thüringen (today Kahla Porzellan GmbH). These beautiful pieces were produced in large quantities, mainly for export. The East German economy desperately needed foreign currency, so many products were produced for export only to the West.  From the proceeds, goods such as raw materials and medicines were purchased. Thus, the VEB Feinkeramik Kahla has made its contribution to public health. For this reason, these egg cups a real piece of history.
        

       

        

         

        

      

 

   
 VEB Kahla, Original Packaging                                                                                               

         

         

          

        

          

        

without gold rim 

         

           

          

The total number of designs, as well as a precise date cannot be determined exactly according to our current knowledge.

Many variations in colour and detail are also to be documented. These were purchased from suppliers in the form of baked-on decals and can be found to some extent on tableware of other manufacturers.
 

Photos: Koetsier, Diener                                                                                         © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum
Translation: Lesley Kilby


The name "Kahla Porzellan GmbH" is a protected by law. The use here facilitates the exact description of the exhibits and their origin.

                                                                               



»Ha Ha Ha! Boom! Boom!«                                                                                                            

Every child in England knows about Basil Brush, the little red fox with the big bushy tail, who is the subject of an afternoon Television series. Basil has been represented in egg cups by an unidentified plastic figural cup, and then on a china cup from Coalport. The cups come from the collection of member Nels Anderson, who lives in the state of Louisiana, in the US.

 

 

Photos: Anderson                                                                                                   © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum
Translation: Lesley Kilby


The name "Basil Brush" is a protected by law. The use here facilitates the exact description of the exhibits and their origin.

 



267 Years Porcelain Tradition
                                                                               

The more than 2,000 shapes and décors of the ceramic manufacture founded in 1748 in France and its many successors with the name Villeroy & Boch are countless. Even the modern factory in Mettlach in the Saar region, Germany does not have an assessment about the number, the shapes and décors of eggcups produced by the factory. Here we would like to collect some of them with mysterious names such as Balmoral, Amado, Nanking, Lanztte or Eonardo.

          
        Petite Fleur                        Louisianna                        Geranium              (Heinrich), Villa Magica              Botanica

         
           Val Bleu                        Alt Amsterdam                         Naif                                  Delia                             Tulipe


Decor Valeria, rot

        
 Alt Straßburg                    Alt Straßburg                           ?                              Bauernblume                  Bauernblume   

        
       Vienna                               Delte                              Fiori Weiß                         Amapola                      Phönix Blau


Decor Mon Jardin

        
         Phönix Blau                     Ma Pomme                       Rusticana                       Portobello                          Jamaica

         
           Fasan blau                     Fasan grün                    Alt Luxemburg                 Burgenland Rot              Burgenland Blau

     
   Acapulco                           Catalina                       Alt Amsterdam

       
Rote Rosenranke                   Pasadena                          Intarsia                               Sienna     
 

Photos: Diener u. A.                                                                                               © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum
Translation: Dr. Anna de Vincenz


The name "Villeroy & Boch" is a protected by law. The use here facilitates the exact description of the exhibits and their origin.

 



The »Long-necks« by Sagaform                                                                                      

The Swedish company Sagaform is one of the leading top brands for Scandinavian design. Playful, innovative products for the kitchen and the table are the majority of Sagaforms’ collection. And of course eggcups cannot be missing among these.
All products captivate with their typical design, and are partly the result of the cooperation with well-known Swedish designers like Jon Eliason, Camilla Engdahl, Gustav Hallén, Lovisa Wattman, Matz Borgström and Ylva Olsson.
In addition to egg cups in various shapes, these »long-necks« are the most famous, due to their impressive shape and rich color palette.

           

   
 

Photos: Diener                                                                                                       © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum
Translation: Dr. Anna de Vincenz


The name "Sagaform" is a protected by law. The use here facilitates the exact description of the exhibits and their origin.

 


Exquisite Things                                                                                                                        

The painter and poet Ole Winther created a series of enchanted motives for the Hutschenreuther brand, which was bought up by Rosenthal in the year 2000, such as these month-eggcups. He studied ancient porcelain on many art exhibitions and developed his idiosyncratic style. Since 1978, one can find his motifs with its unique décor on collectors’ dishes and Christmas items.

                              Januar                   Februar                    März                      April                       Mai                        Juni      

                                Juli                      August                September                Oktober                November             Dezember                                                                                                                                                                               

Photos: Diener                                                                                                       © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum
Translation: Lesley Kilby


The name "Hutschenreuther" and  "Rosenthal" arw protected by law. The use here facilitates the exact description of the exhibits and their origin.

 



Visit to the Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke-on-Trent                           
                                                                                        
A large part of English porcelain is produced in Stoke-on-Trent. This town in the W. Midlands is actually comprised of several small towns, also called “the Potteries”. In its heyday, there were up to 4,000 potteries that sold their wares to the whole world. Today, most of these potteries have disappeared and those that are still in existence are working under umbrella companies like Royal Doulton, Spode, Wedgwood and Minton. The first photo shows Stoke a long time ago when thousands of bottle-kilns were busy firing ceramics. The second photo shows one of the 46 bottle kilns in Stoke that is still in existence. These kilns get their name from the bottle-shape of the brick building.

A visit to the Gladstone Pottery Museum is a great way of understanding Stoke-on-Trent’s history of pottery. I first went there in the 90s and at that time there were still a number of smaller potteries. There was a bus painted in the »Blue Willow Design« that went from the station to Barlaston, the most southerly of the pottery towns. Along the way the bus stopped at several small potteries, many of which I visited. On my second visit at the end of the 90s, I was horrified to see that a new North/South motorway had been built causing many small potteries to close.  The new bus route only had a few stops and these were mainly at the gates of the larger Potteries.

Gladstone Pottery Museum was awarded the “Visit England Quality Rose Marque” and also received “Small Visitor Attraction” at the Staffordshire Tourism awards. It is always worth a visit and you can buy lovely things at reasonable prices in the Pottery shops that are still there. Stoke-on-Trent is easily reached by train from London and is suitable for a day trip.

     
       I bought this egg Cup in the Museum                   Stoke-on-Trent is easy to reach of London

 

Photos: Anderson and Gladstone Potty Museum                                                  © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum
Translation: Dr. Anna de Vincenz and Lesley Kilby


The name "Royal Doulton, "Spode", "Wedgwood"" and  "Minton" arw protected by law. The use here facilitates the exact description of the exhibits and their origin.

 



Busy stickers reach their goal                                                                     

The grocery chain “Kaiser’s” (formerly Kaiser’s Coffee,  that now belongs to the Tengelmann group) was already one step ahead of the competition in 1905. To increase its customer base it introduces a system of savings stamps. With every purchase you received 5% discount in savings stamps that were stuck in a savings book.  Every complete book was worth 1RM against the purchase of goods in store.  From 1920 to the start of the 1930’s there was crockery in this style. There was a complete 36 piece coffee and dinner service. This was not available in the shops.  Stylistically, it clearly belongs to the Art-deco movement.



The egg cups in this pattern were made exclusively for Kaiser’s by the Bavarian manufacturer Schaller & Co (later Winterling) in Windischeschenbach. The crockery mostly had the manufacturer’s mark “Bavaria”.

above: an example from the de Vincenz Collection
right: Typical Kaiser’s shop in the 1920’s

It is uncertain which story lies behind the example (left). It is probably a reject that has somehow found its way to a customer.



 






 

 

 

 

 

                                  

Photos: Siebert, Diener et al                                                                                  © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum
Translation: Lesley Kilby


The name "Kaiser's" is a protected by law. The use here facilitates the exact description of the exhibits and their origin.

 



Graveart
                                                                                                                            


This egg cup is a piece of “Graveart”, more commonly  called “Trenchart”, as they were often  made in the long lulls between fighting during  WW1. In the picture you can see soldiers making decorative articles from grenade cases for their relatives back home. These rare egg cups are made from parts of a former French honeycomb lighter  from 1914-18.

Photos: Siebert et al                                                                                              © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum
Translation: Lesley Kilby

 



Speedy and friends – collection                                                                           

As there is no informative page in the whole www, I have listed all the models and put together some interesting facts.
                                                   The printable list of all speedys

In 1998, when the first Speedy appeared, no one would have guessed what a success story was in progress. The company Casablanca GmbH & Co. Kg from Bochold produced and marketed this cheeky troop of 119 different egg cups for 12 years.

The first model, “Speedy the original”, portrayed half an eggshell on duck feet and was manufactured from food safe polymer material. The designers of Casablanca introduced themselves with the development of the good humoured characters on a well-laid breakfast table. Morning starts with the smell of fresh bread and coffee, a good tune on the radio and a perfectly boiled egg for breakfast, served in a humorous egg cup.

After the first six models were on the market, there was a loud call to design further characters and create a whole series for collectors. Different occasions, professions, hobbies, sport, fitness etc. were the foundations of the various models.

A few Speedys were produced as limited editions. According to the statement by Casablanca, the manufacturing tools were destroyed after the production to stop any later copies being made.

The manufacture of the Speedy egg cups included hand crafting. They were produced in 11 different stages and hand painted.

                             

The successful sale of several million items was the decisive factor for the varied fakes and forgeries on the market. In 2005 the Taiwanese manufacturer “Rosco International” was awarded the feared “anti-prize Plagiarius” (for the most flagrant imitation). They did not shy away from immediately forging 6 egg cups, true in almost every detail, and distributed them in Germany through “Mode und Preis” the subsidiary of KarstadtQuelle.

                              

                                        left 6 originals of Casablanca, right 6 plagiarism of Rosco International

In the forgery museum in Solingen you can still see the original and the fakes. Originally a Speedy egg cup would have cost 5-8 Euros – today you might have to lay out 100 Euros to get a specific model.
Here are two more examples:

           
                                         Plagiat                                                                      Original

            
                                       Plagiat                                                                      Original

 

Photos: Siebert, Diener, Le Favre et al                                                                 © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum
Translation: Lesley Kilby


The name "Casablanca GmbH & Co. Kg" is a protected by law. The use here facilitates the exact description of the exhibits and their origin.

 



Exhibition-Eggcup »Festival of Britain 1951«                                      

As early as 1947 we discussed in my small hometown Wath-upon-Dearne (South Yorkshire, England) the organization of our contribution to the »Festival of Britain - 1951«. The Urban District Council was thinking, how the community could participate in the exhibition and decided to have an eggcup created and produced. It should be made of glass and manufactured by the local company »Waterstone Glassware Ltd.«. The approved design created by T. Taylor Seago, a Director of Waterstone Glassware Ltd., showed the exhibition logo with the words »Festival of Britain« around the upper edge and «Wath upon Dearne» at the bottom of the foot on the blue glass.

At first 5000 eggcups of that type were sold to the city at cost price of 6 pence per piece. By the middle of the year 1951 the eggcups became so popular that all 5000 pieces were sold. After that it was decided to change the color to pink and more were produced. Later they were also produced in green.

   
           Exhibition Poster                         Official Exhibition Coat                     Version Without Exhibition Logo

At some point blue versions without exhibition logo have surfaced. It is not clear whether they existed already before the exhibition or if they were produced as a result of the big selling success. It is, however certain, that they were also produced by »Waterstone Glassware Ltd.«.

 

Photos: Llewellyn-Edwards et al                                                                                                       © Dr. Tam Llewellyn-Edwards
Translation: Dr. Anna de Vincenz
 
 


An Ugly Duckling changes into a Swam
                                                          
             
In UK it is illegal to sell “silver’ unless it is correctly marked as such by an assay office.  All other items must be sold as “White Metal” – which could mean anything.

Some years ago I bought for a few pence a “White Metal” egg cup :-

It was quite pretty and looked nice when polished and it stood in my collecting for some time.  It had a long indentation in the bottom and I assume it was once part of a tray of multiple egg cups  and spoons.  An ugly duckling, but I liked it

During a cleaning I was trying to clean the inside of the indentation and it was clear that there was a tiny mark inside.  It was too small to be readable but did not have the form of a UK silver mark.  A little later I looked at it with a microscope and this is what I saw :-

 

It was a tiny Japanese silver mark used 1868-1912!  My ugly duckling had turned  into a swan – and I loved it even more
The moral is that we should always look for marks on our cups, and if we find them a little research is worth the effort, if only to learn a little more about our treasures even if they are not swans
.

Photos: Llewellyn-Edwards et al                                                                                                      © Dr. Tam Llewellyn-Edwards
Translation: Lesley Kilby

 



Sue Whimster, London's creative workshop                                                  

Sue Whimster, the textile designer, has created a small, private pottery in a London suburb. For years she has been making small, indiviual clay treasures in a former conservatory on the back of her house. Among these are dogs, cats, foxes, wild boar, wolves and decorative items for the home and garden. Obviously arty egg cups are also included in this list.
As you can see below, her figurine egg cups are really something special.

     

  

                               

  

                         

  
                                                                                                                                                   

Photos: Anderson, Whimster et al                                                                         © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum
Translation: Lesley Kilby


 



Sarah Kay Collection                                                                                                               

The timeless imagery of Sarah Kay can be seen on egg cups by various manufacturers. The mother of these wonderful children's pictures is the Australian artist Vivien Kubbos. In the 1970s and 80s Sarah Kay books were very popular, particularly with girls, and these became a well-loved part of childhood of several generations. The innocent charm of Sarah Kay fell out of favour in the 80s. However, Sarah Kay is  classic and timess, and we should not be surprised if further egg cups with pictures by Vivien Kubbos appear on the market.

     

             

 

Photos: Diener et al                                                                                                © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum
Translation: Lesley Kilby


 



»World Champions« traveling
                                                                               


It's no secret: Riek and Ad Koetsier from Epe in Holland have the world's largest egg cup collection (see below). Since for many years they have also been buying entire collections the double »Eierdopjes«, as the Dutch say, are piling up in their barn. Reason enough to publicly offer them once again for sale.

Last weekend they built their booth on the Easter Market in the peaceful German town Hameln. The stand with the many egg cups was very well received Riek and Ad enjoyed the weekend, the atmosphere and the conversations with the visitors. The sale covered the booth fees and room and board in Hameln. On Monday they visited the historic heart of the "Pied Piper City" and then headed home.



On the weekend of March 7th and 8th the two of them can be seen with their egg cups-booth on the Easter-egg Market in Filsum (Ostfriedland) and they will be happy to receive visiting collectors. For those for whom the journey is too long, they still do not have to miss out on the offers. Under http://www.eierdopjes.nl/ruilned.html anyone can check out the huge amount of double egg cups and exchange with Riek and Ad or buy from them. These small vessels can be purchased for incredible prices from 0,50 to 4,00 Euro.

Photos: Archiv Koetsier                                                                                          © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum
Translation: Dr. Anna de Vincenz


 



Canteen dishes in the "Third Reich"                                                                  

The Nazi "Amt Schönheit der Arbeit" (Office Beauty of Work) in Berlin decided in 1935 to design a table-ware simple, functional and suitable for the masses, which would be used in factory canteens for the aesthetic improvement of working conditions. This included also egg cups. This table-ware existed in four model series and seven different colors. In addition, there were production lines, which had the logos of large firms, shipping companies and government institutions such as the "Deurag-Nerag" and the "Nordischer Lloyd".
The design is inspired by the functionalism of the Werkbund era of the 1920s. During the Nazi era, there was no uniform design, existing trends were taken on and reinterpreted in the Nazi way.


 

These egg cups form model I were created by the designer Heinrich Löffelhardt 1935/36 and produced by Rosenthal-Selb. The strange thing about them is that the Jewish name Rosenthal came to stand above the swastika symbol.
 

Photos: Siebert, Hespenheide                                                                                © Nico Diener, Deutsches Eierbechermuseum
Translation: Dr. Anna de Vincenz


The name "Deurag-Nerag, "Nordischer Llyd" and  "Rosenthal" arw protected by law. The use here facilitates the exact description of the exhibits and their origin.

 



Maria Theresia – the queen  among egg cups
                                                     

Since 1926, this timeless china form has been manufactured by Hutchenreuther in Selb (Upper Franconia, Bavaria in Germany) in many different patterns. Today this is a brand of Rosenthal AG. Egg cups are not part of every dinner service – and not every egg cup belongs to a service. There are over 120 different known patterns but they do not all originate from Hutschenreuther, for other manufacturers bought and still buy white blanks blanks from them and decorate them with their own patterns.

                     

Originally only intended to prevent the egg rolling off the breakfast table, the egg cup has evolved into its own work of art. The model “Maria Theresia” offers simple timeless elegance. Here the pattern “Schloss Linderhof” in green (original Hutschenreuther *).
       
               Weiß                                                    Mirabell                                             Weinlaub                           Papillon

        
  Schloß Linderhof  rot       Schloß Linderhof  rot       Schloß Linderhof  rot                         ?                          Zwiebelmuster
           "7 Uhr"                                                                     "1 Uhr"


Decor »Dresden Pergola" (from 1970)
The suggested retail price of Hutschenreuther
was in 1992 in the 21-piece coffee service version 1.300, - DM

           
 Schloß Linderhof grün     Schloß Linderhof grün      Schloß Linderhof grün     Schloß Linderhof grün                  Mainau
            "7 Uhr"                               "9 Uhr"                              "1 Uhr"

        
           Residenz                      Scandic Blue                       Fürstenau                   kobaltblaue Rose                   Würzburg     


Decor »Dresden Pergola" (from 1970)
The suggested retail price of Hutschenreuther
was in 1992 in the 39-piece coffee service version 1.900, - DM

                            ???                           Burgund rosa                    Burgund blau                       Erimitage                     Monatsbecher
                                                                                                                                                                  
O. Winther, mehr davon

      
              ???                        Schloss Bentheim                   Miramar                                                    ??? 

                
                                                                        Dekor »Frühlingsboten«

          
                ???                               Arabella                          Arabella                                ???                               Marburg
                                                                             
Deco flower upside down
          
             Prater                        Dresden Pergola                 Seehof rosa                    Seehof blau                      Rheinsberg


Decor »Windsor Red"
The suggested retail price of Hutschenreuther
is in the 21-piece coffee service version 689, -


                Medley Valdemossa           Medley Mantova                  Medley Tierra                   Medley Finca                 Medley Vicenza 

              Medley Winterzeit                Medley Parklane               Medley Alfabia           Medley Sommerdream     Medley New England
        
                                                                    Dekor »Zwiebelmuster«

             Hofgarten                                          Windsor Blau                                            Windsor Rot

                    Schlossgarten                      Carmino

                                              Paradies                                        Stiefmütterchen                 Frühlingsboten                     Residenz

                                                Rheinsberg                                                                                    Carmino

Hutschenreuther Senator Design

        
        Tummelisa ´77             Nils Holgersson ´78     Första Mästerkatten ´79       Aladins Lampa ´80    Kejsarens nya Kläder ´81
        (Thumbelina)        (The Wl. Adventures of Nils)       (Puss in Boots)           (Lamp of Aladdin) (The Emperor's New Clothes)

       
     Herdinnanoch ´82             John Blund ´83                     Snövit ´84                   Hans o Greta ´85                    ??? '86
    (The shepherdess)               (Sandman)                      (Snowwithe)                (Hansel and Gretel)                    (???)
 


The namesake of this successful series of Hutschenreuther
Maria Theresia 1717-1780

 

Patters from other manufacturers

Alt Tirschenreuth (D)
(1927 bis 1994 Zweigniederlassung der Lorenz Hutschenreuther AG in Selb)


  
Serie Salzburg
          Decor ?                Decor Rosengarten


Pressed by Reutter (D) under licence and decorated with their own patterns

         
              withe                                  ?                                       ?                                      ?                                      ?


                            ?                                      ?                                       ?                                         ?                                      ?

       
            Osternest                         Osterhase                 Motiv from Sarah Key                     ?                                       ?         

     
        Mrs. Josephine Hase                       ?                                        ?                               Peter Hase                 Emma Entenkopf  

       
  ?                                        ?                                   ?                                        ?

Patterns by Hackefors (S) on Hutschenreuther whiteware
    
         


    


Patterns by Ravn (S) on Hutschenreuther whiteware

       
 

"Maria Theresia", Kobaltblau from Hackefors (S), Hutschenreuther (D) and Ravn (S)


*Original Hutschenreuther Egg cup from the series "Maria Theresia"; the expert recognizes the fact that, barely visible, they are seamed horizontally  foot and cup. Those produced under license by Reutter have two vertical composite stampings. The vertical seam is clearly visible upon closer inspection.

  
Photos: Diener, Koetsier, Anderson et al                                                                        © Nico Diener, German Eggcup Museum
Translation: Dr. Anna de Vincenz and Lesley Kilby

The name "Hutschenreuther", "Hackefors", "Ravn" and "Reutter" are protected by law, such use is only the detailed description of the exhibits and their origin.

 

 



Big Bellied Egg Cups                                                                                                 

The shape of this egg cup is derived from the Greek Campana vases and was very popular in the 19th century. Such egg cups were produced mainly by English porcelain factories Davenport, Spode, Barr & Barr, Copeland, St. George and Wedgwood. But the Royal Porcelain Manufactory Berlin (KPM) made use of this form from 1857 to 1849. While Marianne and Manfred Haack speak of “crater-shape” in their book »Alte Eierbecher«, Brenda C. Blake calls them simply “French” in her book »Egg Cups«. However, the description »Medicis-forme« is common in France. An additional name, used by English-speaking collectors for this bulbous shape is "urn". Many of these beautiful pieces are not marked, so that it cannot always be established which factory made them.

                                                            Copeland*                                                                  Copeland  

      
                                                                Wedgwood, Ferrara                   *                                                                               

          
                                                 Copeland                                                                                                                  
*               

                                                                               Wedgwood                       Copeland                        
                                                
        
                                                                                                                                   Wedgwood                       Wedgwood

The Copeland Spode's Manufactory produced
until the 1950s this version without foot

   


Spode's Camilla Copeland


                                                     Copeland, Chinese rose, circa 1950
                                                                                               
* = These patterns are English interpretations of Japanese Imari gold decors.
                                                                                                                

Photos: George, Diener, Koetsier, Anderson et al                                                                               © Nico Diener, German Eggcup Museum
Translation: Dr. Anna de Vincent


The name "Davenport", "KPM", "Barr & Barr, "St. George", "Wedgwood", "Spode" and "Copeland" arw protected by law. The use here facilitates the exact description of the exhibits and their origin.