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Pole Top Discoveries' February Sale #2102 (Closed #344617)

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#980      701      "Magnetic Egg."      "See-through" forest green.

  Lot # 980
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#980      701      Unmarked.      "See through" forest green.

A rarely encountered color for a 701.  Typically this type threadless egg insulator is found in deep green and deep teal coloration.  This unit is quite different, with light passing freely through much of the insulator.  The 701.1 Sandwich egg is most often found in lighter colors, but not the 701 Magnetic egg.  Certainly a highly unusual color variant for this type item, and one of great desirability! 

The egg style insulator was introduced by William Swain, president of the Magnetic Telegraph Company circa 1850-1851. 

Limited numbers of the 701 Magnetic egg have been found in Pennsylvania and New Jersey along the route of the Magnetic Telegraph Company line which traversed from Philadelphia to New York City.  Additionally, they were also used by other companies in areas ranging from New York State, southward to Maryland, Virginia, and most states in the Southeastern US.

Displays excellent from most angles.  The second image shows:  Shallow, fingernail type flake/chip coming down from the top edge of the dome, shallow base bruise/chip and chipping to the lower wire ridge.  Finding another example with this coloration would be extremely difficult in any condition! 

Dick Bowman collection.