Lot 197

Price Realized:  $253
CD 701.6 "Confederate Egg", Green Blackglass; The classic "Egg"!
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Lot 197: CD 701.6 "Confederate Egg"  Color: Green Blackglass  Description: Moderate chipping on the base. The “Confederate eggs” were salvaged from a construction site in Richmond, Virginia in the early 1990s. These early telegraph insulators, from the 1860s, were apparently stored in a Confederate Army supply depot during the Civil War. Many of the insulators within the depot were destroyed or badly damaged in April 1865 when parts of the city were set on fire by the Confederate troops to keep the contents from Union hands. Today this fire has been referred to as “The Evacuation Fire of 1865.” Many of the insulators discovered show signs of having been partially melted, and there are even groupings of multiple insulators that were fused together. If ever there was an insulator that was a piece of American history, it is the Confederate Egg! This example is quite typical of many that are in the hands of collectors. (#0541)
Estimate: $300 - $400  Open: $1
Price Realized:  $253

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