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#3689         723       Dots and Dashes.         Wood Cover.         Aqua.

  Lot # 3689
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#3689         723       Dots and Dashes.         Wood Cover.         Aqua.

Known as the "Dot & Dash Wade," these glass inserts were positioned inside a large, beehive shaped, wood covering.  This gem is complete with the wood cover and tie wire.

This design was used extensively by the Western Union Telegraph Company, mostly during the early to middle 1860's, as well as numerous private lines during the same time period.  Quantities of them were used to a great degree from western Pennsylvania, though Ohio, Indiana and other Midwestern states.  They were also used in 1861 along the route of the first transcontinental telegraph line in America.

The wood cover is weathered from exposure to the elements, likely in the dry climate of a Western state.

Glass insert has some flaking and chips on the top edge, as well as a couple along the outer base (see photos).  Second photo shows a lager chip (not through the glass) down from the top center, which is a little smaller than a 50¢ coin.  Wood is weathered, with a 30% side section that separated and was glued back into place (second photo).  Wood has shrunk somewhat, so the glass insert does not fit into the wood interior cavity. 

Likely, a water base glue was used in in securing the side section, and could be softened and taken apart.  If the side section were removed once again, the insert would likely fit inside the wood once again, and display nicely through the open window.  Or, display it as shown here.  Either way, it's an attractive and historical item.