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Pole Top Discoveries' "Late August" Auction (Closed #281416)

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#594 - 736 - NY&ERR - Aqua.

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#594      736       N.Y.  &. E.R.R.      Aqua.

A rarely encountered pilgrim hat style threadless insulator.  Variant with embossing all on one mold half.

The New York & Erie Railroad was completed in May, 1851 between Piermont, New York on the Hudson River, and Dunkirk, New York, situated on Lake Erie.  At the time of completion it was the longest railroad in the world.  When the telegraph line of the NY&ERR was completed in 1851, control of the line was placed under two superintendents.  Luther G. Tillotson was assigned the section between Owego and New York, and Charles Chapin the section from Owego to Dunkirk.  In 1852 Tillotson was made the sole superintendent, a position he held until his previously established railway and telegraph supply company in New York City required his full attention.  He retired his position with the Erie in the 1860’s.  

The original NY&ERR single wire was used so much by the railroad company that it was of little commercial value to the public.  The management of trains and company business kept the wire busy most of the time, prohibiting much of an opening for public usage.

In 1856 a second wire was erected along the NY&ERR right of way, which increased the ability to handle more messages.  Both the 736 embossed N.Y.& E.R.R. and the unembossed 736.1 were used extensively along the main line N.Y.& E.R.R. right of way in the 1850’s.  

Some embossed NY&ERR hats were also placed in service along branch lines during that time period including those to Rochester and Buffalo, and later the Atlantic & Great Western Railway from Salamanca, New York, through northwestern Pennsylvania and then diagonally to Dayton, Ohio.  The Erie is known for its prolific use of large “hat” style threadless.

An exceptional example in wonderful condition!  A very thin flake on the base, the size of an index fingernail and another smaller than a pinkie nail.  One of the very best examples currently in the hobby!

From the collection of the late John Ayer.