Item 34

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U-989 Confederate “Milk Bottle” Insulator
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Item: 34  Description: U-989 Confederate “Milk Bottle” Insulator. This insulator was dug at the Southern Porcelain factory site in Kaolin, South Carolina. Founded in 1856, the company made a variety of porcelain products until the outbreak of the Civil War. Historian Edwin Barber wrote that the company was then re-organized and went “into the extensive manufacture of porcelain and pottery telegraph insulators for the Confederate Government.” The factory was destroyed on October 13, 1864 in a fire unrelated to the war. Two of the ear tabs on this insulator and about one-third of the skirt have been professionally repaired. View 4 shows two incused “C’s” on top of each ear. Speculation suggests they stand for the “Confederacy”, but that not a known fact. But if so, this is the only insulator I know of with a direct reference to the Confederacy. Be sure to check out all four views.
Estimate: $2,000 - $2,500  Open: $1,250
Price Realized:  Not sold