a favourite article of consumption; great quantities are brought from distant
seaport towns on the coast, from France, Belgium, and Holland. Ireland also
sends hundreds of "crates" annually; yet, notwithstanding the distance
whence they are brought, and their liability to breakage, they are often
retailed as low as 6d. per dozen, and seldom reach more than 1s. 6d. The
scarcest times of the year are Easter and Christmas.
From 95,000,000 to 110,000,000 of foreign eggs are annually imported into London.
Cruchley's London in 1865 : A Handbook for Strangers, 1865