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  • Jenne Heise
    Feb 14, 2002
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      > So painted eggs are period, but wax resist ones may or may not be...

      Yup. _An Egg At Easter_ seems to date wax resist real eggs no further back
      than the 19th century, specifically in Hungary, but she may not have had
      access to other sources.

      So, you can document that eggs were decorated, and wax resist was used for
      other things, which is definitely a start. One technique that we don't see
      very often that apparently can be documented earlier than the wax-resist
      is the scratch method (where you dye the egg, then scratch out the
      pattern with a sharp pen so it appears in white):

      "The Bavarian priest Andreas Strobl gives a detailed account of
      contemporary Easter eggs in his collection of sermons, _Ovum Paschael
      Novum Oder Neugfarbte Oster Ayr_ of 1694, in which he writes:
      The whole year eggs do not recieve so much honour as at Easter;
      they are gilded, silvered, painted with spots and figures, they
      are also painted and decorated with beautiful colors in relief,
      tehy are scratched, they are made into Easter lambs or into a
      pelican who feeds his young with his own blood, or they carry
      the picture of Christ or something else; they are boiled, they
      are dyed green, red, yellow, gold, etc. They are made up and
      then given as gifts by one good friend to another. They are even
      carried in large amounts to church to be blessed, and there are
      many who now eat or drink a soft boiled egg, rather than anything
      else."

      (_An Egg at Easter_, p. 292)

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