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Pole Top Discoveries' March 2020 Auction (Closed #175664)

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#001 735 U.P.R.R. MULFORD & BIDDLE. Rich, dark blue.

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#001     735     U.P.R.R.     MULFORD & BIDDLE.     Rich, dark blue.     

Wonderful, richly colored glass!  Mulford & Biddle was a company which operated in New York City area during the 1860’s. They advertised the sale of telegraph wire, and apparently supplied other telegraph related materials as well. 

The insulators with additional “U.P.R.R.” embossing were produced for use on the historic, first transcontinental railroad in America.  Aqua examples have been discovered on the Wyoming and Utah segments of the 1860’s line.  The exotic blue beauties have been found in limited numbers in the central and eastern portion of Wyoming.  All of the exotic blue Mulford & Biddles are highly sought by collectors for several reasons.  Any vivid blue colored threadless is seldom encountered.  Plus, they are a popular pilgrim hat style, and they have important historical significance, being embossed with the name of the first transcontinental railroad in this country.  They are from a time period in American history when the pioneer spirit was strong and the West was just beginning to “open up.” 

The vast majority of Mulfords that were used along the Union Pacific received rough handling, resulting in moderate to extensive damage. This one fared far better than nearly all others!  Entire outside area is free of any chips, with only some minor pinhead surface blemishes.  Base has very minor small flakes.  Easily grades very near mint.  One of the very best blue Mulfords in existence!

Striking, excellent depth of color in this gem from the collection of the late John Ayer.