Item 14

Price Realized:  $50
CD 134  Patent 1871 With “1811” Patent Date & “Corn-phire” Color
Item: 14  Description: CD 134 Patent 1871 (030) Embossing Variant. View 1: At first glance, the patent date appears to be “1811”. View 2: Turn the insulator a bit, and the top bar of the “7” begins to show. View 3 shows the front of the insulator. Lee Brewer believes the “1811” embossing isn’t an error, but the result of improper cleaning of the mold between usages… which allowed part of the “7” to fill in and appear to be a “1”. View 4 shows the reverse of the insulator. View 5 and View 6 show both sides of the base. What color is this? Well, View 7 compares this insulator with a cornflower blue Duquense. And View 8 compares this with a dark sapphire blue H.G. CO. beehive. The Price Guide lists these in sapphire blue so I’ll go with that. But if you called it cornflower or “corn-phire” you wouldn’t be wrong.  Provenance: This insulator was owned by Marv Collins and received its extensive damage when his home was rocked by the Gorda Basin Earthquake (Eureka, CA) in 1980. It has been re-glued from several pieces.
Estimate: $100 - $150  Open: $50
Price Realized:  $50