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Collecting Eggs on the Ruby Lane Blog

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.

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Shop Vintage Fenton Glass Eggs on Ruby Lane

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.

Antique French Mother of Pearl Egg, Pocket Watch Stand, Palais Royal

Antique French Mother of Pearl Egg, Pocket Watch Stand, Palais Royal

Vivian Alexander 'Hunter Green' Jeweled Egg Evening Hand Bag

Vivian Alexander ‘Hunter Green’ Jeweled Egg Evening Hand Bag

Vintage Asian Cloisonne Egg Trinket Box Pendant Necklace

Vintage Asian Cloisonne Egg Trinket Box Pendant Necklace

12K Gold Victorian Robins' Egg Blue Enamel & Angel Skin Coral Ring with Diamond Accents

12K Gold Victorian Robins’ Egg Blue Enamel & Angel Skin Coral Ring with Diamond Accents

Pysanky eggs or Ukrainian Easter eggs are works of art in themselves and are done in traditional red, black, green, yellow, and black.  Some eggs are cut out in lace patterns while others from Limoges are delicately hand painted.

Limoges Hand Painted Porcelain Eggs Ruby Lane

Papier mache eggs printed in lithograph or covered in silk come in many sizes and were usually made in Germany.

Papier Mache Eggs on Ruby Lane

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.

Milk Glass Egg Collectibles on Ruby Lane

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.

Starting in 1885, the Faberge egg became an Easter tradition in the Romanov family, each year, becoming ever larger and more elaborate. Photo via Art Now and Then

Starting in 1885, the Faberge egg became an Easter tradition in the Romanov family, each year, becoming ever larger and more elaborate. Photo via Art Now and Then

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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