EASTER EGGS, colored and ornamented eggs, used as presents or playthings at Easter. The eggs, called also pasque. pace, or paas eggs, are usually colored by being boiled in dye, of which various colors may be bought at any druggist’s.
An egg may be colored also in a pretty pattern by sewing it up tightly and smoothly in a piece of common calico, and then boiling it. If the calico be not of fast colors, the pattern will be reproduced on the egg shell.
Eggs too may be gilded by painting them over with gum or varnish and then laying on gold leaf. The ” gold paint ” sold by druggists will produce a similar effect though not so brilliant.
Colored eggs may be ornamented by drawing designs on them with tallow, or any greasy substance, before boiling. The dye will not color the parts touched by the grease, and the design will therefore appear in white. More delicate designs may be drawn by scratching with the point of a needle, or the blade of a penknife, after the egg has been dyed. If the eggs are boiled hard, they may be kept any length of time.
If preferred, the eggs may be “blown” before they are dyed. This is done by making a small hole in each end, applying the mouth to one of them, and blowing the contents of the egg out of the other. The tallow design should be drawn before blowing, that the shell may not be broken, and care must be taken.
Source: The Young Folk’s Cyclopaedia, Champlin & Bostwick, 1890