Egg Poacher

Type of object
Egg holder
Technique and material


From 1900 to 1950
20 x 22 cm

Eggs have been eaten since prehistoric times. Due to their fragility, they have always required delicate treatment – which has inspired many inventions for their preparation. One example is this egg poacher from the first half of the 20th century.

This metal holder, called a carousel, has six small oval forms for eggs. To cook them, the carousel is plunged into boiling water. Since each little form can be detached from the holder, eggs may be cooked and served individually without risking breakage.

These shapely forms are also ideal for serving: a poached egg may be placed in front of each guest without detracting from the aesthetics of the table. Different poaching utensils still exist today, with or without carousels. However, they are now made of other materials (stainless steel, silicon, steel with anti-adhesive coating, etc.).

This object once belonged to the prestigious Luigi Nessi collection. Between 1970 and 2009 Nessi collected thousands of tools and antique instruments.

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