Despite years of research, we have not had much success in establishing the range of manufacture dates for most egg coddlers shown on this site. Some manufactures use specific date codes that indicate when the coddler was made. Any date information that we have established is included on the site.
If you have evidence of the manufacture date of an egg coddler on this site (for example ... a box or leaflet that came with a new egg coddler), please contact us.
New egg coddlers can be bought at retail prices from the manufacturer or online retailer. We don't have a list of egg coddler manufacturers that are currently making coddlers for sale.
Most of the egg coddlers described by this web site are no longer available for retail sale. Egg coddlers that are no longer manufactured are available only from the "secondary market." This makes the hunt as much of an adventure as the final acquisition. Shops that sell antiques and collectibles are a good place to start, online and "brick & mortar." Antiques/Collectible auctions seem to be the place where many egg coddlers exchange hands.
eBay is the biggest online auction site, although there are many others. You can search the site for keywords like coddler or egg-coddler to find most auctions of interest.
The editors of this site are constantly acquiring new data and information about egg coddlers. However, updates to the website happen less frequently, and we have an incredible backlog of data and images to process.
If you have seen an egg-coddler that does not match anything on our web site, either in your collection, or on sale (or that you plan to sell), please do contact us to let us know. Digital images of the item are extremely helpful in identifying manufacturers, patterns, and variations. If you wish to send us digital images, use the contact form and we will send you an email address to which your images can be sent.
The authors of this web site have decided unanimously, and unequivocably, that we will not include specific pricing, rarity, or other valuation guidelines on this web site. E-mail responses from editors of this web site will will also be responded to under the same policy.
There are several fundamental reasons for this policy. The most important reason is that we feel that such valuation data is often arbitrary, and causes unhealthy speculation in the "coddler marketplace".
As with most collectibles, the value of a particular object is based entirely on what a seller is willing to accept from a buyer, both being able and willing to conduct their part of the transaction under mutually agreeable terms. The fact that of the matter is that online auctions, such as eBay have had an amazing impact on the coddler marketplace. On the one hand, there are many more sellers who can make their goods visible to a much larger audience of buyers who are able to see what is available and add it to their collections. On the other hand, the auction venue creates an additional factor, what I call the "winning hysteria," that tends to push the final price of auction items, even those that are available through retail channels, to amazingly high closing prices.
We don't believe that maintaining a running tally of prices paid at auction for specific coddlers would be constructive (or feasible). Such a tally would also be extremely difficult to maintain accurately, and could also be perceived as a serious "conflict of interest." All site editors and contributors are buyers, collectors, and/or sellers of egg coddlers for their own collections. Rather than create the possibility of inappropriate appearance, we simply will stay away from the valuation issue entirely.
Since egg coddlers are used for cooking, any glue/adhesive used to repair the rim should be food safe when cured, waterproof, and maintain these properties when subjected to boiling temperatures and immersion in water. Such an adhesive also has to be capable of bonding metals and ceramics.
We have not conducted tests of adhesives and we don't have the laboratory facilities to verify manufacturers claims. The editors make no guarantees or assurances that any glue can be safely used on an egg coddler that will be used for cooking. However, we have been told by the company that Gorilla Glue is non-toxic after curing for 24 hours or longer, will create a waterproof bond between ceramic and metal that will hold to temperatures up to boiling. They say that exposing the cured glue to boiling water for more than 4 hours may cause the bond to fail.
If you have experience with repair techniques for separated rims (good or bad), please contact us and let us know what you have used and how you fixed your coddlers.
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