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#2678       735      U.P.R.R.       Rich, dark blue.

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#2678       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 supplied other telegraph related materials as well. 

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 Mulford & Biddles that were used along the Union Pacific received rough handling, resulting in moderate to extensive damage. This one fared far better than nearly all others!   Just a little flaking up from the base and a nearly invisible bruise up from the base edge.

Update 6:10 P.M. January 27.  Second photo added showing the opposite side, depicting the bruise emanating from the base edge (which shows more from this angle).