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Illinois. Chicago. 1892-1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Columbus’ Egg Souvenir.

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Illinois. Chicago. 1892-1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Columbus’ Egg Souvenir.
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Illinois. Chicago. 1892-1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Columbus’ Egg Souvenir. Silvered Brass. Flat Ribbed Bottom. Flip-Top Opening. 61 X 44 X 12 mm. Embossed. Overall Choice EF. Front: egg-shaped with 44mm its widest point, COLUMBUS’ / EGG on flip-top, bottom half with flag ship Santa Maria in full sail to left, 1492 in waves beneath, fanciful “cracks” at bottom of egg. Back: SOUVENIR / 1893 on flip-top, oddly shaped flourish below, blank at center and perhaps for initials, “cracks” at bottom of egg. Deep steel-gray with attractive toning highlights throughout. Nearly complete silvering, say 99%, is present. A real beauty that should be seen to be appreciated.
Legend has it that on a visit in Spain with friends, one of the Spaniards brought up the notion that if Columbus hadn’t come upon the Indies, someone from Spain would have done so eventually. Columbus called for an egg. Once he had the egg, he challenged his Spanish friends to stand it on its end. They failed to the man at the challenge, whereupon Columbus took the egg and gently tapped its bottom until it was flattened and somewhat cracked, and then he stood it on its end with no problem. His silent demonstration showed that once everyone knew how to solve a problem it was easy; the standing egg experiment is still used today to prove just such a point.