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Pole Top Discoveries" June Sale #2105 (Closed #387216)

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#1198      CD 132.2       2        Dark teal.      "Unembossed Paisley"

  Lot # 1198
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#1198      CD 132.2              Dark teal.      "Unembossed Paisley"

Embossed only with a small numeral "2" on top of the flat dome.  Aqua examples are relatively scarce, with all of the more exotic colors being rare.  Several different shades of green, olive, teal and various blue exist, each shade/hue not having more than two or three examples known.

These attractive and highly sought insulators were likely produced by a glasshouse in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.  A railroad in western Pennsylvania which extensively used CD 132.2 insulators, is known to have had a line of telegraph in operation prior to June, 1871.  An article written at that time states "screw glass insulators " were in use on the line, so in all likelihood, it was the "unembossed Paisleys, indicating they were among the earliest of threaded insulators produced in America.

Shallow base chip is 1-1/4" in length.  Insulator appears to have been dug with very fine surface marks.  The insulator was tumble cleaned, which has removed most of the small blemishes, but some evidence of them is still present upon closer inspection.

A rare, colorful gem!