Hemingray Insulator Profile: CD 125  
This style is most commonly known as the Western Union No.5. Hemingray first manufactured these embossed only with the Dec. 19, 1871 patent date. Later, c.1919, Hemingray renumbered this style to No.15 and continued producing them until c.1933. 

Dimensions: 4 1/4" H x 2 3/4" W
• W.U.
Years Produced:
Style Numbers:15, W.U. 5
Rarity Scale (1-10): Fairly Common (4)
Trade Name: Western Union
Mold Variations Collapse
December Patent Variant
The earliest mold style is the December Patent style, shown above, with a regular dome and a straighter skirt than the flared skirt variant, shown at top.
Wide Dome Variant
This is the wide dome version with fatter wire groove lips. These are both found on some Dec. Pat. styles as well as early Hemingray embossed W.U. Nº 5 versions.
Known Embossings (14) Collapse
HEMINGRAY [010] (F-Skirt) HEMINGRAY (R-Skirt) Nº 15 SDP Photo
HEMINGRAY [020] (F-Skirt) HEMINGRAY-15 (R-Skirt) MADE IN U.S.A. RDP Photo
HEMINGRAY [040] (F-Skirt) HEMINGRAY/MADE IN U.S.A. (R-Skirt) Nº 15 SDP Photo
HEMINGRAY [055] (F-Skirt) HEMINGRAY/W U Nº 5 {Note no periods} (R-Skirt) PATENT/MAY 2 1893 SDP Photo
HEMINGRAY [057] (F-Skirt) HEMINGRAY/W.U. Nº 5 (R-Skirt) PATENT/MAY 2 1893 RDP Photo
HEMINGRAY [060] (F-Skirt) HEMINGRAY/W.U. Nº 5 (R-Skirt) PATENT/MAY 2 1893 SDP Photo
W.U. Unlisted (F-Skirt) W.U. / 5 (R-Skirt) PATENT / DEC. 19. 1871 / ['PAT' blotted out] SB Photo
W.U. [020] (F-Skirt) W.U./5 (R-Skirt) PATENT/DEC.19.1871 SB Photo
W.U. [030] (F-Skirt) W.U./5 (R-Skirt) PATENT/DEC.19.1871/['B' or 'D'] SB Photo
W.U. [040] (F-Skirt) W.U./5 (R-Skirt) PATENT/DEC.19.1871/['B' or 'D'] {Wide dome} SB Photo
W.U. [050] (F-Skirt) W.U./5 (R-Skirt) PATENT/DEC.19.1871/B {Wide dome} SDP < WANTED! 
W.U. [060] (F-Skirt) W.U./5/PATENT/MAY 2 1893 (R-Skirt) PATENT/DEC.19.1871/['B' or 'D'] {Wide dome} SDP Photo
W.U. [070] (F-Skirt) W.U./5/A (R-Skirt) PATENT/DEC.19.1871 SB Photo

The following embossings were removed from the price guide because they could not be verified to exist:

Unverified Embossings
Year Removed
W.U. [080] (F-Skirt) W.U. / PATENT / MAY 2 1893 (R-Skirt) PATENT / DEC. 19. 1871 / [Letter] SDP 2003

CD 125 Insulators for Sale
Photos (click to enlarge) Description / Condition Color Current Price
Guide Value
Sale Price
PhotoPhoto CD 125 Hemingray [060]

Like oh so many of these, this one has some damage. One thumbnail skirt chip taking out 2 drips, a bruise behind 4 more drips, and a few other missing/damaged drips. No damage to the dome or wire ridges though. Displays practically perfect from the patent side. If you don't want to shell out $800-1000 for a mint one, take this one home for a fraction of book value!
Purple $800-1000 $150

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