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#1137       CD 151       N.A.T. CO.      "Electricock blue."

  Lot # 1137
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#1137       CD 151       N.A.T. CO.      H.G. CO.      PATD MAY 2ND 1893.       PETTICOAT.       "Electricock blue.

Produced by the Hemingray Glass Company for the North American Telegraph Company. Communication lines owned by the North American Telegraph Company were operated in the upper Midwest. Exotic blue examples of the CD 151 have been found primarily in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

This particular example has coloration that falls between peacock blue and electric blue.  The late Bill Reed had a similar colored CD 162 HG Co. signal that he called "electricock blue," so we have borrowed his terminology in describing this CD 151.  This CD 151 even has a small amount of the "primer red" streaking (see second photo) also present in the glass of Bill's signal... indicating it was perhaps produced from the same glass batch.

This is a rarely encountered color, and certainly one that Hemingray or CD 151 specialists would find of special interest.

Minor surface blemishes.  Base chip removes one drip point and partially flakes two others (second photo).  Two drip points mostly removed and five others bruised (see third photo).  Drip points on inner skirt appear to be damage free.

Despite the two base areas described above (positioned at the left and right sides), the insulator displays quite well from the front or reverse.

Please note:  this color, as well as any blue examples in the peacock and electric blue family are difficult to reproduce with digital photography.  This particular example is similar to both electric and peacock blue, with greater tendencies toward a darker shade of electric blue.