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#2495          701.6        "Confederate Egg."        Dark green.

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#2495          701.6        Unmarked.        Dark green.    

Known as the “Confederate egg.”  Discovered at a Richmond, Virginia construction site  in 1990.

Historical significance makes these crude relics one of the most desirable insulators in the hobby today.  They survived the large fire which engulfed Richmond on April 3, 1865, as city residents and government officials fled, and Union forces entered.  The bloody war ended shortly afterwards, the Confederate States having lost their capitol city, as well as losing other recent important battles. 

The 1990 construction site reportedly was the location of a warehouse during the Civil War.  As a result of the burning of Richmond in April, 1865, some of the insulators found on the site were distorted from the heat.  This one tells the historical story in a dramatic way, the insulator shape distorted from the intense heat.

The insulator is completely intact, the skirt area sagging to one side, forming an oval shape to the base.  Part of the skirt split open to relieve the pressure formed from the weight pulling downward.   This did not break the insulator, rather it formed a neat crevasse on one side.  The insulator can be displayed standing on its own with no added support, or it reclines nicely to show the side that's less distorted.  

No chipping! Still retains soil on the surface since the day it was dug.  No effort has been made to clean the historical relic.