The Opaque Gem of the Mist.

By Barrett Nicpon; posted December 31, 2007

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When we finally arrived at the pole, I was impressed by the efforts put forth by my high school friend, as she had never been probing or digging before in any way, and was still doing a fairly good job both without tiring, and with some pieces turning up in the process.

The pole base was, as is usual for this line, surrounded by G.N.W. 145s and Dominion 154s, most of which were left behind - but something unusual was in store here. As I found one additional "Tink!", I set to work digging it free. After tirelessly cutting roots, I was very surprised - ecstatic, you might say - at the sight of that classic medium brown shade of the closest thing to Bennington pottery available in Canadian insulators - the Dinosaur egg porcelain 143-shaped piece unique to Canada. Very crude in manufacture normally, and delightful in it's obvious age and history. And, as an added bonus - I had never before found one of these pieces intact, and in the wild! I excitedly continued to pull roots away, cleared the dirt, snapped a photo, and then removed my prize - just a couple small base flakes off the grooved base from mint, and uncharacteristically short in stature! You could tell these things were hand made!

This pole site also yielded a slightly milky Hamilton base unembossed CD 143, a couple Dwight Patterns, a lightly purple swirled steel blue G.N.W. CD 145, and the remains from only the second unembossed light aqua MLOD Canadian 145 I had ever recovered in the wilds. My friend, Kim, took home a G.N.W. CD 145, and a peach Dominion 154, both in mint condition.

A good day, to say the least!