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Pole Top Discoveries' "Early August" Auction (Closed #271816)

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#553 - 735 - Tillotson - Green.

  Lot # 553
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#553      735     TILLOTSON & CO.      16 BROADWAY N.Y.       Green.

A colorful pilgrim hat style insulator used on the Collins Overland Telegraph line in British Columbia.  The color is darker and slightly less teal toned than the bubbly, "Stormy" green examples.

Produced with three neat indentations on the side skirt, adding attractive character.

Manufactured for Tillotson & Company, a large 1860's railway and telegraph supply house in New York City, then supplied to the Collins project.  Insulators were shipped from New York City, all the way around Cape Horn at the tip of South America, then up the Pacific Ocean route to San Francisco.  The next leg was from San Francisco to British Columbia.

Supplies arrived in New Westminster, British Columbia in June 1865, then transported along the course of the Fraser River and Cariboo Wagon Road, where the single wire line was quickly constructed northward to just beyond Quesnel before the close of the season.

The insulator remains in very near mint condition, despite its lengthy trip of over 16,000 miles in 1864-1865.