The Szymbras, as it turned out, were committed practitioners of the gentle madness of eggcup collecting known as pocillovy, a term derived from the Latin words pocillum, which means small cup, and ovum, meaning egg. Because of this, their cupboards contained virtual Narnias of eggcups in porcelain, pewter, plastic, and humble clay. While eggcups date back to ancient times, most of the Szymbras' hailed from the Victorian era—when they were first mass marketed in England—or later. There were chicks and chickens, birds of every kind, rabbits, field mice, foxes, and so many dragons and damsels that the cupboard seemed like a stage of fairy tales wrought in miniature. Some bore shields and royal visages that looked like faux Faberge or pale Wedgwood. I preferred those with a zoological theme.