Antique eggs May 06 2014

The on-line store has now been open for more than a week now and new products are being added daily.

Today I have just listed a beautiful Victorian or Edwardian egg collectors specimen box together with eggs (Ostrich, emu and rhea). I love these old examples of the naturalists paraphernalia. They are so well made that they usually have lasted very well and still look great as part of a collection. I have had this sitting on the side next to an old brass microscope. Hopefully it will last for at least another 100 years.

You can often tell whether an ostrich egg is really old. They seem to have much larger pores than other similar eggs and over the years these pores trap small particles of grease and dust and give the egg a characteristic speckled appearance (see photos). This is much more pronounced in Ostrich eggs particularly.