MARRIAGE of two head egg cups and salt shaker c1950s. These fun figural eggcups are wearing French berets in blue and pink, suggesting man and woman. In fact this is a marriage (a gay marriage?) of toppers from different sets. The 'man' in blue beret should be wearing a black top hat matching the mini-me salt; the 'woman' in pink beret is in fact the man from a vintage set called The Honeymooners and should be wearing the blue beret. This set is the perfect gift for a truly modern family! Each piece is hand painted under the glaze and original colours are bright and clear. The pottery is moulded in bas-relief to suggest facial features, garments and arms. Turn upside down to fit a single boiled egg or right way up for cooked eggs or dips.
Similar sets bear stamps for Japan and France. My guess is that these items were made in Japan and sold to restaurants as promotional items. Lefton novelties were also made in Japan and bore a red foil sticker that often came off with use. These cups have no Lefton sticker or pattern number. I would take them at face value.
Condition is excellent, no damage or repairs. Pink-beret cup is very finely crazed on outer surface. Original stopper under salt shaker is rigid with age and a portion has broken off. Easily replaced for a salt-on-eggs fan, or left as is. Eggcups measure 4"H with toppers x 2.25"W. Salt measures 2"H x 1.5"W.
Provenance for all pieces: Eastern USA lifetime collection of more than 1,000 egg cups.
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HANDPAINTED figural egg cups (2) matching salt c1950s
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