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Pole Top Discoveries' December Sale #2111 (Closed #505223)

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#2002       739.5       "Washboard."       Blue.

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#2002       739.5       Unmarked.      Blue.

Known as the "Washboard," some examples of this "hat" style threadless insulator are known with a smooth dome, while other examples have varying degrees of a rippled, washboard appearance on the outer surface.  

Typically found in aquamarine colored glass, they are also rarely found in puce, rich green, and this exotic blue coloration.  The only whole example we've confirmed to exist in blue!  

739.5 insulators have been discovered at various locations along the route of the New York Central Railroad between Albany and Buffalo.  The New York Central was created in 1853, formed with the consolidation of 10 small railroads that crossed the upper portion of New York State.

This beautiful blue, threadless pilgrim hat was found decades ago in Canandaigua, New York. It was initially revealed by a lady in "Old Bottle Magazine" during the 1970's. Her husband and son reportedly found it under a barn they were tearing down on their property, which was close to the an old railroad right-of-way.

Attractive, milky-opaque veils throughout the glass spring to life with bottom or side lighting.

Some shallow, flake type chips up from the base, consisting of one the size of an index fingernail, and two pinkie nail size.  The base itself, and remainder of the insulator in excellent condition.  

The tall dome, combined with a super short skirt, create an eye appealing design!