Decorated ostrich eggs appeared in Europe during the 13th century. The first explorers to navigate North Africa regarded these beautiful, curious large eggs as rare and amazing.
Egg decorating possibilities are as limitless as our imaginations. The most basic methods include dying them with natural products, including onionskins, berries and wood shavings, or covering them with reeds, seashells, string or beads. Each country has it's own unique techniques and traditions often overlapping with their neighboring countries. Eggshells are utilized but often they are made from wood, glass, and porcelain or carved from stone. As different as their designs, so too are the customs for gifting eggs.
In 2014, Kathleen and Tom donated their 20-year-plus collection of decorated and wild bird eggs for permanet display at the community center in Egg Harbor. Read more about it in the article: Egg Collection Donated to Village of Egg Harbor.