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#2090      735      U.P.R.R.    Rich, dark blue.

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#2090      735     U.P.R.R.     MULFORD & BIDDLE.     Rich, dark blue.     

Wonderful, richly colored glass! 

Mulford & Biddle was a company which operated in New York City area during the 1860’s. They advertised the sale of telegraph wire, and apparently also supplied other telegraph related materials, including insulators.

The insulators with additional “U.P.R.R.” embossing were produced for use on the historic, first transcontinental railroad in America.  Aqua examples have been discovered on the Wyoming and Utah segments of the 1860’s line.  The exotic blue beauties have been found in limited numbers in the central and eastern portion of Wyoming.  All of the exotic blue Mulford & Biddles are highly sought by collectors for several reasons.  Any vivid blue colored threadless is seldom encountered.  Plus, they are a popular pilgrim hat style, and they have important historical significance, being embossed with the name of the first transcontinental railroad in this country.  They are from a time period in American history when the pioneer spirit was strong and the West was just beginning to “open up.” 

The vast majority of Mulfords that were used along the Union Pacific received rough handling, resulting in moderate to extensive damage. This one fared better than most!

Match head blemish on the dome corner, and associated shallow, surface annealing line.  Other smaller surface blemishes are quite minor.  Base bruise and associated flake type chip is shown in the fourth image.  Overall, a very nice example and worth a premium over the average condition units.

From the collection of the late Cecil Boos.