Once upon a time there was a woman who acquired a pair of Royal Worcester egg coddlers with the Evesham pattern. We don't know where she got them, or why she did. We do know that she made coddled eggs for her husband and her only daughter. Eventually, the woman passed away, and her daughter acquired the egg coddlers. The daughter was very fond of the egg coddlers because they remind her of her mother.
In her wanderings through antiques stores, years later, the daughter finds other egg coddlers and starts a modest collection of the coddlers that she finds very pretty and in undamaged condition. Her husband, who occasionally wanders with her through the antiques stores, has blithely failed to pay much attention to her coddler collection. Then, one weekend after they find several coddlers at an antiques store, the husband suddenly wonders if there is any information to be found about egg coddlers on the Internet. Pandora's Box had been opened.
In wandering through the Internet, the husband (who will be referred to from here on as Rob) discovered that there were many varieties of these egg coddler designs ... dozens ... maybe even hundreds. It seemed that there were as many as ninety of the little beasties for sale on eBay alone. Rob decided to create an online catalog of egg coddlers, based on the data that he could glean from auctions and other online resources. He created this first web site as a home page for the daughter (who will be referred to from here on as Paula). Rob believed that having a catalog of egg coddlers would help Paula with her collection, and what better medium than a web page? Then other collectors of egg coddlers could benefit from Rob's research as well.
Rob and Paula had a lot to learn about egg coddlers. An interesting note about the auctions on eBay is that people are not always consistent about naming the coddlers that they are selling. One day, (two weeks into becoming an online egg coddler expert) Rob noticed that a seller of egg coddlers was naming a pretty floral pattern with the name that Rob had believed belonged to a pattern with birds. Rob decided to contact the seller to find out why he had the "wrong" name.
Enter Bruce, Stage Left. Bruce has been collecting egg coddlers for many years. Rob learned, after a quick E-mail exchange, that Bruce knew an awful lot about egg coddlers. In fact, Bruce seemed to know everything about egg coddlers that there was to know. He had meticulously kept notes on everything he had ever learned about egg coddlers. One day, he would write a book to share his knowledge with other collectors. Rob was astounded by the depth of Bruce's notes ... he wanted to buy two copies of the (as-yet unwritten) book. After some back-and-forth conversation, Bruce decided to publish his knowledge on the Internet, with technical assistance from Rob. Thus was born Egg-Coddlers.COM.
Our goal is to make this web site a repository of information about egg coddlers on the Internet. Don't let the ".COM" part of the name mislead you ... this is a non-commercial site ... we want to provide a forum for egg coddler collectors to meet and communicate and share their knowledge and learn from other collectors. As time goes on, we hope that other collectors of egg coddlers will share their knowledge (and pictures of examples) with us, so that ultimately, if there is something to know about an egg coddler, you can find it via this site.
If you have questions, comments, complaints, kudos, suggestions, or anything else to share with the authors/editors/maintainers of this site, please use this link to send us a message. If, for whatever reason, that link does not work for you, you can send an E-mail message to the following address: ecc-editors_AT_egg-coddlers_DOT_com. You will have to manually change the "_AT_" to an '@' character, and the "_DOT_" to a '.' character before using that address.
It is only fair to say that Paula is slightly overwhelmed with the extent to which Rob has expanded her little hobby into a massive production. However, her coddler collection has benefitted, so she can't complain too much. :)
This website is an information site for collectors of egg coddlers. Our goal is to provide a compendium of information about egg coddlers ... as much as we can gather and present.
We don't sell the egg coddlers shown on this site. In the past we have had sections about "Where to Buy" coddlers, but we're going to phase those out because those pages are just impossible to keep up-to-date.
As a matter of policy, we don't publish any information about pricing, relative scarcity, or rarity of individual coddlers. We don't put that information on the web site, and we will not respond to inquiries in person about "how rare is my egg coddler" or "what is my egg coddler worth."
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