An interesting piece of early c20th kitchenalia, this is an egg coddler originating from 1914, used to make ‘coddled eggs'.
Egg coddlers have the benefit of being able to add ingredients whilst the egg cooks, such as smoked salmon, cheese or herbs. The inside of the coddler and the lid would be buttered, so the egg wouldn’t stick to the sides, then the egg and other ingredients would be added. The lid would be screwed on and then partly immersed in boiling water. When the required number of minutes had passed, the egg would be lifted out using the ring on the top, the lid would be removed and the egg would be served in the pot with accompaniments, such as bread or toast soldiers.
I have not been able to find out when egg coddlers were invented but it appears that coddled eggs, the result of the egg coddler, have been around for centuries.
This coddler, according to the registration number on the bottom was manufactured in England in 1914, although the patent is American.
It stands at 8cm tall, to the top of its lid, and is made from glazed pottery. It is in excellent condition with no chips or marks and appears to have never been used. The original manufacturer’s marks are very clear.
This would make a lovely addition to a collection of early c20th kitchenalia and would look equally impressive on a dresser in a vintage themed kitchen.