1920's Metal Parcel Post 4-Dozen Egg Crate Used for Shipping
This is a metal egg crate manufactured by The Metal Products, Co, of Fredericksburg, Virginia in the 1920's. This metal egg crate holds up to 48 eggs in egg separators. The crate was designed for shipment to anyplace in the United States through the United States Postal Service (Parcel Post). Designed included a space for the receivers address, and a slotted space for stamps, this type of crate was used by farmers to ship their eggs to distant buyers.
The crate measures 13 inches wide, 9 inches deep, and 6 inches high. There are 2 slots on the top of the create for the shipping address and stamps. There are labels on the lid, as well as the four sides of the crate. On the top of the shipping crate is a notice to the shipper that the contents are Fragile, and the crate contains eggs. On the two sides of the crate there are the stenciled word "eggs", on the front is "4 dozen eggs," and on the back "Original." The egg crate has dings and scratches, but is intact, and would be a very nice display antique.
The crate has a hinged lid. The lid is kept fastened with a sliding metal pin. Inside the crate are two layers of 24-eggs carefully placed into the separators. The separators are made of hard cardboard and metal on the top and bottom of each separator. The separators are strung together in groups of a 1/2 dozen eggs. The separators are firm and strong and obviously designed for travel. There are half-dozen glass "eggs" in the crate. There is even a label that you see when the lid is lifted that explains how to remove the eggs! How good is that?
The layers are nicely protected by very firm, rigid and thick cardboard. Each layer is protected in this way. The National Postal Museum possess a similar four-dozen egg crate. This is a rare find.