The Collectors Cabinet: An Eggceptional Collection

13/04/2019 - 19/05/2019
Johnny Green - The Egg Cup Man
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Over 58 years Johnny Green - aka 'The Egg Cup Man' - has amassed an egg-ceptional collection of more than 9000 egg cups! is first - an Easter cup featuring yellow chicks - given to him as a boy in 1939 by his mother, was a treasured childhood possession, particularly following his mother's death two years later when he was put into an orphanage. As a soldier in the British Army from 1949 to 1955, the egg cup went with him wherever he was posted - in Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. 

After emigrating to Auckland in 1960, the purchase of an egg cup in a Point Chevalier shop very similar to his beloved original, sparked his obsession. He has since collected cups avidly often acquiring two to three per week, the rarest being a 19th century Victorian example. His favourites include Seven Dwarf and Snow White cups released in 1937 to coincide with the Disney movie.

A selection of Johnny's eggs-trordinary collection is on display in the Collector's Cabinet at Alberton.

To learn more from The Egg Cup Man himself come along for an informal TALK & TEA on Sunday 28 April at 1:30pm. Johnny will bring more egg cups to show & tell and will be happy to answer questions on any antique or vintage egg cup you wish to bring along.

Event Details


  • From: 13-Apr-2019
  • To: 19-May-2019
  • Wednesday - Sunday
  • 10.30am 4.30pm
  • Public talk about the collection: Sunday 28 April
  • 1.30pm

How Much?

Free with normal house admission (adults $10, children and Heritage New Zealand members free). The public talk is also free with normal admission.

Make a Booking

No booking necessary for the exhibition or the public talk.


  • 100 Mt Albert Road
  • Mt Albert
  • Auckland
  • 1025

Contact Information

Opening Hours

  • Wednesday - Sunday
  • 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.


Adults: $10 Children free Use your Entertainment Book voucher here. Please understand that surcharges may apply at times of special events.