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#1597        CD 121       W.F.G. CO.          Lavender-blue.

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#1597       CD 121      W.F.G. CO.    DENVER, COLO.    16        Lavender-blue.

Produced by the Western Flint Glass Company in Valverde, Colorado, on the outskirts of Denver.  W.F.G. tolls were produced in several different colors, including this unique coloration, which is a cross between lavender and cornflower blue.

Insulators were manufactured in the Denver, Colorado area for a number of years spanning from the 1890’s to the 1900’s. Robert Good Jr. arrived in the Denver area in 1895. Shortly thereafter, an idle glass factory in Valverde, on the outskirts of Denver, was reopened. Mr. Good was general manager of glass production at the plant.

Bottles and jars were produced in large quantities at the factory in 1896 and 1897. In addition, a May, 1897 article in The Industrial Reporter states that a work force of twenty men and boys was producing glass, which included insulators.

Early production of insulators included those marked either “R. Good Jr.” or simply “Good.” Included were at least four widely used styles, the CD 106, 121, 134 and 162.

A large fire destroyed one of the main buildings operated by the company in June, 1899, with loss reaching into the thousands of dollars. The furnace was rebuilt shortly thereafter, and the plant reopened in October, 1899, with new owners, operating under the name Western Flint Glass Company. Robert Good Jr. remained in the area during the fall of that year, reportedly to help with getting the factory operational again. The plant operated under the W.F.G Co. name for a short period of time, and then became known as the Western Glass Manufacturing Company, which existed until approximately 1909.

Above information obtained from a chapter written by Don Reinke in John & Carol McDougald’s book A History and Guide to North American Glass Pintype Insulators.

Short flash up from the base is only 3/8" in length.    No chips or flakes,,,, easily grades very near mint in regards to actual damage.