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#2417        736.1       "Erie Hat."        Green.

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#2417        736.1       Unmarked.        Green.

These unmarked, large "pilgrim hat" style insulators have been found almost exclusively on the route of the NY&ERR.

Measuring an impressive 4-3/8" height, this gem has extra thick glass, making it quite heavy.

The New York & Erie Railroad was completed in May, 1851 between Piermont, New York on the Hudson River, and Dunkirk, New York, situated on Lake Erie.  At the time of completion it was the longest railroad in the world.  When the telegraph line of the NY&ERR was completed in 1851, control of the line was placed under two superintendents.  Luther G. Tillotson was assigned the section between Owego and New York, and Charles Chapin the section from Owego to Dunkirk.  In 1852 Tillotson was made the sole superintendent, a position he held until his previously established railway and telegraph supply company in New York City required his full attention.  He retired his position with the Erie in the 1860’s.  

The original NY&ERR single wire was used so much by the railroad company that it was of little commercial value to the public.  The management of trains and company business kept the wire busy most of the time, prohibiting much of an opening for public usage.

In 1856 a second wire was erected along the NY&ERR right of way, which increased the ability to handle more messages.  Both the 736 embossed N.Y.& E.R.R. and the unembossed 736.1 were used extensively along the main line N.Y.& E.R.R. right of way in the 1850’s.

Milky, opaque strings and patches are present through much of the glass, adding attractive character.  Large, pebbly spot on the upper wire groove is characteristic of all know examples, likely from a defect in the mold, again adding to the "old look" of the glass.

One base chip as shown in the second photo.  Remainder of the insulator is in wonderful, very near mint condition.