One of the most brilliant designs for kitchen ware back in those days was the egg wire basket.
My mum had one where its shape could be manipulated so that it could take on a different structure. I actually treated it like a toy at times while growing up and was careful to put the eggs away carefully. In those days, my black and white nanny would buy no more than a dozen eggs each time and she loved me so much that I could get away with anything, including handling delicate items like eggs :)
I've also seen some that completely collapses into a flat structure when unused. It only holds its form when lifted or hung up. This is the version I found while flea marketing last week and my kids actually thought I had bought a special net for catching crabs. It does look like one and was in perfect stainless steel condition.
While you can still find new egg wire baskets these days in the shape of a chicken, it is definitely less malleable and less fun from those of yesteryears.