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Egg cups are a popular collectible. By the 18th century they were made out of wood, brass, pewter, silver, pottery, porcelain, and papier-mache. They have also been made in ivory, glass, and rubber.
When railroad travel became popular, potters provided inexpensive ceramic egg cups to the dining cars. Transfer-printed scenes or advertisements decorated the sides.
The collecting of egg cups is called pocillovy.