Character 143s: Dome Glass & Original Tie Wire Sale

By Barrett Nicpon; posted January 8, 2022

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At left is a nice 'backwards C' CANADIAN PACIFIC CD 143 in a shade of greyish light green that I like to call "western sage green" because we don't see as many examples of it here in Ontario compared to western Canada. Some people might call it plain "light green", but it's quite different from typical light green (which are less grey) or typical sage green examples (which are much more grey) I tend to see turn up around here. Anyways, the real character in this one is the 1 1/8" of dome glass it possesses. Additionally, it has all of its original soot still attached for those who like that "as found" look. It also has an "inner skirt" of sorts - a thin fin of glass that protrudes around the inner base edge and is probably a product of the excess glass that also formed the massive dome glass. It's in fair condition with a 1/4" area of fine flakes on the upper wire ridge in the rear, and two shallow 1/2" base flakes - one in the rear and one in the front. I'm now asking $16 for this piece.

At right is a nice Dwight Pattern CD 143 with an original dead ended iron tie wire still attached. This one was part of a small cache of these that a local S.W. Ontario collector turned up several years ago. This example is a smooth-based Dwight with a G.N.W. blotout before it. Its glass colour is a light blue aqua. I'd call it fair to good condition with no significant chips or cracks, but a surface haze and light scuffing over much of the insulator due to being dumped and buried with others like it. It does have a few scattered fleabites as well. I'm now asking $25 for this example.

I would now take $30 USD plus shipping for the pair of these early Canadian 'hives. I'm always happy to trade for early Canadian glass or Canadian-made porcelain insulators. I accept PayPal, or personal cheque from any member of ICON or any collector with whom I have dealt before. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or for more photos, and look through my other items or unsold sales stock to combine shipping on items.

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