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Churchilliana Churchill Collectables: Wartime Egg Cup

By BRIAN KRAPF

This egg cup measures three inches tall and is made of hand painted pottery. It established the Churchill’s presence at many a breakfast table during the war. Who wouldn’t want to have the Prime Minister join them for a meal?

Through the centuries of British porcelain and pottery manufacture, egg cups have been a staple production item. Likely this is because they are practical and often used. Egg cups have been made to commemorate coronations as well as in the likenesses of famous military and political personalities.

During the Boer War, for example, a set was made with each cup presenting an image of one of the British generals. So, in keeping with historic tradition, it is understandable why Churchill would be the subject of an egg cup. I am pleased that such a practical household item survived intact so that it could be added to my collection.

Brian Krapf formerly served as President of the American Political Items Collectors.

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