Spring is a great time to start collecting eggs. There are beautiful examples made of colored onyx from Mexico, and delicate glass examples by Fenton and other companies. Porcelain egg-shaped collectibles are decorated with everything from Hollie Hobbie to Ȥiggy.
During the 70s, duck and goose eggs were used to make music boxes, jewelry boxes, and dioramas. Larger ostrich eggs have also been made into purses and purses have been made in egg motifs in almost every material. Egg shapes are also a fun motif in vintage and antique jewelry.
Papier mache eggs printed in lithograph or covered in silk come in many sizes and were usually made in Germany.
Milk glass eggs with chicks are fun vestiges of The Victorian Easter, as are candy box dolls that portray a baby breaking out of a papier-mache egg. These dolls are usually wax or papier mache themselves.
There are also automatons of rabbits or chicks breaking out of eggs when they are wound.
Faberge eggs, made famous during the reign of The Last Tsar, Nicholas II, can command a million or more, and were favorite collectibles of the late Malcolm Forbes. Novelist Barbara Pym has even mentioned them in one of her books.
Many egg shaped ornaments of wood, plastic and other materials appear around Easter. They make fun gifts, as do egg shaped charms and earrings. Vintage egg decorating kits make fun Easter gifts as do Easter baskets.
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