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Catalogued Auction # 75


Auction Ended: Tuesday September 19th, 2017 at 10 P.M. Eastern Time

Auction Local Time: Dec 15, 2017 06:53:19 EST

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 #01 .... 1000 .... Unembossed. .... Glass Block. .... Sage green. .... A previously unreported color, which recently surfaced in Kentucky.  
32$ 2,912.00
 #02 .... O’RIELLY’S ATLANTIC LAKE & MISSISSIPPI TELEGRAPH. .... Illustrated message blank dated 1851, informing James Freeland that he has been nominated for the Legislature.  
10$ 134.40
 #03 .... Unmarked. .... Rubber coated iron hook with glass sleeve..... Aqua. .... Height: 4-1/2” .... Rubber/iron hooks, like that patented by Farmer and Batchelder in 1858, are not overly scarce. However, only a limited number of examples with the glass sleeve have been found, surfacing at various locations in the eastern US.  
15$ 1,176.00
 #04 .... U-980 .... Unmarked. .... “Horned Elliot.” .... White porcelain. .... These impressive, large threadless insulators, invented by E.B. Elliot, are quite attractive with the series of vertical corrugations on their exterior.  
12$ 896.00
 #05 .... 737 .... LEFFERTS. .... Rich aqua. .... Bright, sparkling glass with nice clarity and richness. Most 737 Lefferts have been found in the Eastern and Southern portions of the US, ranging from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and into to the deep South.  
10$ 2,688.00
 #06 .... THE GOLD AND STOCK TELEGRAPH CO. .... Letter with original signature of Marshall Lefferts, president of this telegraph company. Dated April 1, 1873, regarding a reunion for “Company K” of the 7th New York Regiment. Lefferts served in the Civil War as a colonel, leading Co. K.  
4$ 89.60
 #07 .... 736.1 .... Unmarked. .... Dark green aqua..... Limited numbers of this large, hat style threadless have been found, primarily along the main line New York & Erie Railroad right-of-way in New York State.  
13$ 3,136.00
 #08 .... NEW YORK AND ERIE RAILROAD CO’S TELEGRAPH..... Dated 1861 message blank and matching envelope from Albany to Elmira, N.Y. Message blanks from the NY & E are rare, and especially desirable with matching cover.  
12$ 235.20
 #09 .... WADE TELEGRAPH .... CINCINNATI, O. .... Early message blank. .... 7-3/8” x 5” .... Dated Springfield, Aug. 18. .... Circa 1853. .... Fancy lettering and profusely illustrated with figures, eagles, etc.  
11$ 201.60
 #10 .... 725 .... Unembossed. .... “Concave Wade.”.... Dark blue aqua..... Rarest of three primary “Wade” type threadless insulators made in the US.  
28$ 1,456.00
 #11 .... Unmarked. .... Threadless wooden side bracket. .... 13-5/8” .... Few brackets from the threadless era have survived.  
19$ 700.00
 #12 .... WADE TELEGRAPH .... Early message blank. .... 7-7/8” x 5-1/4” .... Dated Delaware, Ohio Nov. 7, 1854 from Cincinnati, Ohio. . Printed lettering, lattice and eagle motif.  
1$ 33.60
 #13 .... KALAMAZOO, ALLEGAN AND GRAND RAPIDS RAILROAD COMPANY .... $1000 First Mortgage Bond. .... A bond, issued in 1888 by the above named railroad company is signed by Jeptha Wade, as president of the company.  
5$ 39.20
 #14 .... THE MAGNETIC TELEGRAPH COMPANY. .... Early message blank. .... 8” x 5-3/8”.... Dated Aug. 29, 1850. .... From New York to Philadelphia with matching illustrated cover depicting a patriotic eagle.  
2$ 78.40
 #15 .... THE MAGNETIC TELEGRAPH COMPANY. .... Early message blank and matching heavily illustrated cover. .... Dated Feby. 6, 1857, from Pittsburg to Baltimore.  
2$ 78.40
 #16 .... N.Y. AND WASHINGTON MAGNETIC TELEGRAPH OFFICE. .... Very early message blank dated January 31, 1848, from the Philadelphia office.  
3$ 50.40
  #17 .... U-990 .... Unmarked. .... Tan porcelain..... Found in 1959 by Dr. Sid Phillips in the Mobile Bay, Alabama area.  
18$ 700.00
 #18 .... THE MAGNETIC TELEGRAPH COMPANY. .... Deep blue print on a message blank dated April 4, 1861..... Sent from New Orleans, Louisiana to Mobile, Alabama, a mere several days before the outbreak of the American Civil War.  
1$ 16.80
 #19 .... U. S. MILITARY TELEGRAPH. .... Message blank dated July 3rd 1865 shortly after the Civil War ended.  
2$ 22.40
 #20 .... U-989 .... Unmarked. .... White porcelain. .... Found in 1959 by Dr. Sid Phillips in the Mobile Bay, Alabama area.  
3$ 1,120.00
 #21 .... 701.6 .... Unmarked. .... Dark aqua. Known as the “Confederate egg.” .... Discovered at a Richmond, Virginia construction site in 1990. The site reportedly was the location of a warehouse during the Civil War.  
7$ 616.00
 #22 .... 701.6 .... Unmarked. .... Rich, dark green. .... Lighter color than most, and loaded with opaque impurities inside the glass! Known as the “Confederate egg.”  
12$ 784.00
 #23 .... 700.1 .... Unmarked. .... Rich blue aqua. .... Excellent blue tones. .... The “Western egg” comprises two slightly differing designs, the 700 and 700.1.  
22$ 1,232.00
 #24 .... Unmarked. .... Wood block with iron/rubber rams-horn. .... This type of rams-horn and wood block configuration was used on various lines in the West.  
7$ 268.80
 #25 .... Unmarked. .... Wood block with iron/rubber rams-horn on original pole section. .... Height 6 feet 6 inches. .... Image only shows the upper portion of this tall pole top section. Although not positively confirmed, this is believed to have been found on the route of the 1861 transcontinental telegraph line.  
5$ 1,176.00
 #26 .... Unmarked. .... Wood block with iron/rubber rams-horn. .... This type of rams-horn and wood block configuration with rounded top has been found in the vicinity of the U.S. Tel. Co. line route in the mountainous area to the east of Sacramento, California.  
5$ 308.00
 #27 .... 735.3.... U.S. TEL. CO. .... CHESTER N.Y..... Dark aqua. .... Made by a glass works in the 1860’s for the telegraph supply company operated by Charles and John Chester of New York.  
22$ 1,512.00
 #28 .... Wood Crossarm with two Brooks Rams-horns..... 38” length. .... Original 1860’s crossarm and Brooks type rams-horn insulators from the Central Pacific Railroad.  
17$ 2,352.00
 #29 .... 735 .... U.P.R.R. .... MULFORD & BIDDLE .... Rich blue. .... Wonderful, richly colored glass!  
16$ 3,640.00
 #30 .... 735 .... CHESTER N.Y. .... Bright aqua. .... A small number of Chesters have been found along the Union Pacific Railroad right of way in Nebraska and Wyoming. Aside from those few examples, the majority have been discovered in British Columbia, Canada, where they were used on the 1866 segment of the Collins Overland Telegraph Company line.  
27$ 3,640.00
 #31 .... 737.6 .... Unembossed..... Deep olive. .... Pilgrim hat threadless discovered in the 1990’s “attic find” in northwestern Pennsylvania.  
6$ 420.00
 #32 .... 731 .... Unmarked. .... Dark amber with an abundance of opaque impurities. .... The “compromise” style, with concave skirt, was introduced in 1865 and quickly became a popular insulator.  
11$ 756.00
 #33 .... 718 .... TILLOTSON & CO. .... 16 BROADWAY N.Y. .... Rich teal..... Several styles of threadless insulators were produced with the Tillotson, 16 Broadway embossing. All are highly desirable among collectors, and are available in a wide array of colors.  
16$ 8,960.00
 #34 .... 718 .... TILLOTSON & CO. .... 16 BROADWAY N.Y. .... Olive and amber mix. .... Equal amounts of olive and amber are present, creating an attractive multi-color mix. The olive glass has an abundant amount of bright orange swirls throughout.  
11$ 7,280.00
 #35 .... 731 .... TILLOTSON .... Sapphire blue. .... Several yarn-like strings and wider bands of milky opaque impurities are swirled throughout the glass, adding overall beauty and appeal to this colorful threadless insulator.  
7$ 2,352.00
 #36 .... 731 .... TILLOTSON .... Aqua and olive amber mix. .... The aqua glass has an abundant quantity of olive amber impurities in the form of patches, streaks and swirls. A colorful attention grabber!  
17$ 2,576.00
 #37 .... L. G. TILLOTSON & CO. .... Billhead addressed to Delaware Lackawana & Western Railroad Company. .... Dated Sept. 13, 1879..... Illustrated with a large printing register.  
4$ 28.00
 #38 .... L. G. TILLOTSON & CO. .... Billhead addressed to Delaware Lackawana & Western Railroad Company..... Dated Oct. 14, 1879. .... Not illustrated, printed lettering only.  
3$ 22.40
 #39 .... THE E. S. G. & CO. .... Light pink amethyst. .... 3-3/8” wall bushing. .... Greeley succeeded Tillotson in 1885. Scarce!  
45$ 1,904.00
 #40 .... 728.4 .... W. BROOKFIELD .... 55 FULTON ST. N.Y..... CAUVET’S PAT .... JULY 25 1865. .... Rich blue aqua. .... Embosssed patent date for a threaded interior, yet it has a threadless pinhole.  
15$ 1,064.00
 #41 .... 731 .... CAUVET’S.... PAT JULY 25 1865. W. BROOKFIELD .... 55 FULTON ST. N.Y. .... 6..... Rich aqua. .... An unusual configuration, as there is embossing present with a patent date for a threaded interior, yet it has a threadless pinhole.  
24$ 1,344.00
 #42 .... 728 Unmarked..... Aqua with carbon impurities. .... Attractive carbon veils are present on opposite sides of the skirt in this signal style threadless insulator.  
7$ 392.00
 #43 .... MORSE & BAIN TELEGRAPH. .... OGDENSBURG, OSWEGO AND SYRACUSE UNION LINE. .... Early message blank dated August 8th, 1856..... From Theresa, N.Y. to Watertown, N.Y.  
3$ 33.60
 #44 .... 740.4 .... Unmarked..... Aqua with heavy bubbly opaque impurities. .... Attractive and abundant foamy opaque bubbles dominate the interior of this scarce, hat style insulator.  
9$ 1,568.00
 #45 .... 740 .... FOSTER BROTHERS .... ST. JOHN C.E. 1858 .... Blackglass..... George W. and Charles W. Foster produced wares at the Canada Glass Works in St. John, Canada East during the 1850’s. However, they moved back to Stoddard by 1861. Therefore, most threadless insulators with Foster embossing were likely made in Canada, but the old molds may also have been reused in Stoddard.  
24$ 1,792.00
 #46 .... 740 .... Unmarked. .... Dark amber. .... The entire dome has a distinctive “bullseye” pattern, quite similar to that seen on the 740.3 threadless hats.  
13$ 644.00
 #47 .... 740.1 .... Unmarked. .... Light green. .... The 740.1 saw usage in limited places.  
28$ 2,464.00
 #48 .... 743.2 .... Unmarked..... Rich aqua. .... The “beehive” style glass insulator design was most likely copied from the wooden shield used on “Wade” insulators.  
20$ 1,904.00
 #49 .... 734 .... MCMICKING .... VICTORIA B.C. 75. .... Aqua with impurities and carbon bubble. .... A large, boomerang shaped, silver bubble commands attention in the front skirt of this small, pilgrim hat style threadless insulator.  
22$ 1,008.00
 #50 .... 726 .... Unmarked. .... Blue aqua with heavy opaque impurities. .... A totally amazing example! The rich blue aqua glass has an incredible abundance of thick, milky opaque impurities which wind and swirl throughout the entire insulator!  
27$ 8,960.00
 #51 .... 731 .... M .... Bright aqua. .... Generally believed to have been produced by a glasshouse in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. A rather scarce item that seldom surfaces for sale.  
5$ 280.00
 #52 .... 728.2 .... M .... Medium dark aqua. .... Another very scarce item that is generally believed to have been produced by a glasshouse in the Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania area.  
24$ 1,008.00
 #53 .... 133.2 .... L.A.C.’ s .... PAT JULY 25TH 1865 .... B.F.G. CO. Aqua. .... A rarely encountered item that surfaces for sale on average only once every several years. Very few are known to exist!  
8$ 2,016.00
 #54 .... 132 .... PATD .... 2..... Aqua. .... Base embossed with “PATD” and marked with a numeral “2” on the dome.  
1$ 672.00
 #55 .... CD 120 .... Unmarked..... Light lavender. .... A rare color in a rare mold variant.  
6$ 532.00
 #56 .... CD 133.4 .... Unmarked..... Pink amethyst. .... A scarce item that is typically found in aquamarine colored glass.  
14$ 588.00
 #57 .... CD 133.4 .... Unmarked..... Green with impurities. .... The unembossed CD 133.4 has been found in several colors, but true green examples with this strong depth of color are quite rare.  
5$ 560.00
 #58 .... CD 133.1 .... PAT. APP. FOR. .... 3..... Bright green. .... Wonderful color! Excellent brightness and color saturation in this beauty!  
8$ 728.00
 #59 .... CD 135.5 .... E.R.W. .... Bright aqua. .... Large, bold lettering. The Erie Railway used these “pilgrim hat” insulators on their “main line” through New York State and a portion of Pennsylvania, as well as several of their branch lines in those two states and also Ohio.  
11$ 1,344.00
 #60 .... ERIE RAILWAY TELEGRAPH. .... Early message blank and matching cover. .... Dated Feb. 2, 1864..... From Buffalo to Binghamton, N.Y. .... Used in a period of time when threadless insulators would have still been used on the Erie’s communication lines.  
4$ 67.20
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