Me And The 143 (#3)
by Grant Salzman, NIA #1785
Reprinted from "INSULATORS - Crown Jewels of the Wire", August 1980, page 8
In case you have been
wondering why these articles are being written, there are several reasons:
First, the hobby needs many areas "cleaned up". Over the years there
have been typographical errors, informational errors, unconfirmed data, etc.
creep into the catalogs, and these need to be edited and corrected as necessary.
These articles are just an attempt to do that for the CD 143's. But it is not
enough to develop a new listing, or even to get it published. You also need
feedback from other collectors; and that is another main purpose of these notes.
(Drawing is by Clay Salzman)
If you have colors or varieties of 143's which I do not list, please let me
know. I can't guarantee that I will use all of the information that you send me,
because in the long run each of us will decide what level of detail we will
seek; but I'll try to incorporate as much as I can before the whole thing is
reduced and digested and given to Paul Keating for his use in the price guide.
In fact, if you have any comments at all about any of the statements, or if you
have any questions or discoveries to share, just drop me a line, and I will do
my best to answer. (In print, if possible.)
The CANADIAN PACIFIC RY CO -- Part
Once the manufacturer of the CanPac insulators changed to the three-piece
mold, the product became fairly uniform thereafter, and except for some
variation in the base, did not change further. However, there were a large
number of embossing and color varieties produced, which makes these fun to
MOLD STYLE #1D. This mold had a large wire groove (1/2" tall), and
the skirt was thick (7/16"). The base was smooth, but varied in
configuration. Many of them sloped in sharply. Others were rounded near the
outer edge and then sloped in moderately, and a few were just rounded. There is
no differentiation made for base style. However, a couple of varieties have the
base style noted where it appears that the rounded base was the only one used.
The height of embossing (if any) might vary slightly, but all embossing was bold
and strong. In addition to the CanPac embossing, this mold was also used for
no-names CPR, GNR, GPR, STANDARD, and some CNR. These latter embossings were
produced in many varieties and will be discussed in a later article.
there have been seven varieties of embossing found in Mold Style #1D:
- F--CANADIAN PACIFIC RY CO
B--blot-out of STANDARD
Colors: Aqua, royal purple,
medium purple, pale SCA, light SCA, SCA, light steel blue, and pale SCA with
- F--CANADIAN PACIFIC RY. CO. (Note periods)
Colors: Pale aqua, pale aqua with milk swirls, aqua, pale SCA, pale
SCA with milk swirls, light gray.
- F--CANADIAN. PACIFIC. RY. CO
aqua, light aqua with purple swirls, aqua, aqua with milk swirls, aqua with
amber swirls, light green, steel gray, pale SCA, pale SCA with purple swirls,
pale SCA with milk and amber swirls, SCA, SCA with amber swirls, pale purple,
light purple, medium purple, and royal purple.
- F--CANADIAN PACIFIC. RY. CO.
Colors: Pale aqua, pale aqua with amber swirls, pale aqua with milk swirls,
aqua, blue with purple swirls, pale SCA, pale SCA with milk swirls, pale SCA
with purple swirls, SCA, light purple.
- F--CANADIAN. PACIFIC. RY. CO.
Pale aqua with milk swirls, aqua, pale SCA, pale SCA with milk swirls.
- F--CANADIAN PACIFIC RY. CO.
Colors: Aqua. (Note the rounded base on
- F--CANADIAN PACIFIC RY. CO.
B--STANDARD over a blot-out of
"CANADIAN PACIFIC RY CO"
Colors: Aqua and light green. (Note the
rounded base on this one also.)
PRICES: The aqua shades are very much
overpriced. The purples are still popular and sell fairly well in spite of being
fairly common. I personally consider the SCA varieties to be scarcer and more
valuable than the purples.
ADDITIONAL NOTES: In the price guide there is a
variety listed as the "CANADIAN PACIFIC TY CO". Have any of you ever
seen this variety?
The price guide also lists a variety called the
"CANADIAN PACIFIC BY CO" and implies that it is in this mold style.
Although I have seen something like that in the "curve-under base"
mold (which we have not yet discussed), I have never seen it in mold style #1.
Before I go further, you have probably asked yourself, "What does
he mean by all those shades of SCA or Purple? What is the difference between
Medium Purple and Light Purple?"
There are several clear-cut shades of SCA
and of Purple, which seem to change with the times. I have tried to see if I
could group these into categories that could be described. However, it is
possible that these may be considerably condensed for publication in the price
guide. Identification of each listed shade should use these standards, as viewed
under normal overhead incandescent lightning, without backlighting or
Royal Purple: Opaque under normal lightning. Threading
cannot be seen. This color is typical for Mold Style #1C varieties, but also
appears in #1D.
Medium Purple: Almost opaque. Threading can be seen clearly.
Shades will vary a little. Darkest examples appear in the STANDARD purples, and
lighter types throughout Mold Style #1D. Degree of transparency is equivalent to
an extremely dark SCA, except the SCA is reddish.
Light Purple: Very transparent
and about on a par with the SCA. Can be seen as purple from the side.
Pale Purple: About the same heaviness of tone as the Light SCA. The color is light,
and distinction between the purple and SCA is best seen by viewing the insulator
through the base, upward.
Pale SCA: Only a faint tinge of color. Just a bare
touch of lavender or violet.
MOLD STYLE #1E. This mold is the same as #1D,
except that grooves were cut into the mold so as to produce the
"Withycombe" ridges in the glass. Close examination of the insulator
reveals the original "CANADIAN PACIFIC RY CO" embossing, through which
the grooves were cut in the mold.
This mold style has 69 vertical ridges above
the wire groove, and 9 horizontal ridges below. As with all
"Withycombe" styles with horizontal ridges, the grooves below the wire
groove are all spiral, not circular. By the way, if you have any of these that
are grooved differently, please let me know.
Special notes are appropriate
regarding the colors found in this type. Some collectors, myself included, have
questioned the existence of the purple variety. However, I have since actually
seen one and have also spoken with another collector who formerly owned one.
Both items were owned by collectors of unquestioned reputation. However, because
our hobby in the early days had some people who loved to tamper with color, I
sure would like to hear from anyone who has ever actually picked or found one of
these. This would really resolve things. Right now all I can say is that I have
seen this variety, and it looks legitimate to me.
I do question the existence of
the "Blue" variety listed in the book. I have seen many of these, and
they are all a light aqua. Under florescent lighting they look nice and blue,
but a look in daylight reveals that the prize of the night before is just plain
aqua today. I have seen several of these that the owners called
"blue", but they were the same old light aqua. If any of you have
side-by-side examples of the light aqua and the blue, please let me know, and I
will correct this listing. However, for now I can only certify to the existence
of the light aqua and the light purple.
PRICES: The book price for the aqua
seems to be a little high. The price for the purple, however, is low.
Incidentally, in a later article there will be more information about Mr.
Withycombe and his magical ridges!