Egg Cup: In terms of which came first to the European table, the egg may have come before the chicken. The chicken didn’t appear on menus until the 5th century BC in Greece, but wild duck eggs had been considered a delicacy for some time. France’s fashion conscious king, Louis XV, took egg eating to a whole new level. The king’s breakfast was a public display, and crowds gathered to watch him eat his Sunday egg out of a golden egg cup and dramatically whack the top off of his boiled egg. He was so particular about his eggs that prize-laying hens were kept in the attics of Versailles. Those first egg cups were made from precious metals — gold and silver — and were common baby gifts. Later, at 19th-century fairgrounds, pressed egg cups were the standard prize at shooting stands.
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