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CD 164 - Mold 12.1*

CD 164 Mold 12.1 front
CD 164 Mold 12.1 reverse
Color: Lt. Blue Aqua with bubbles
Base Type: SB:s

*previously listed as CD 164 Mold 12

Features: Retooled CD 164 Mold 12 to stregthen front lettering. Lettering is even but not deeply cut, with both rounded and triangular edges. There are no visible blot-outs on either side, although six flattened areas beneath LYNCHBURG are visible on some pieces. On front, lettering is strong with triangular edges. On some pieces made later, lettering is more evenly rounded and the L logo is indistinct (see photo below). On reverse, NO 38 is stronger with mostly rounded edges; NO is more widely spaced than normal; there is a period but no dash after 38; S slants sllghtly to the right. The mold number is small and weak, with a uniquely made 2 (see photo below).

Mold Number Location: On reverse centered below NO.

Additional Information: This same mold also occurs both with GAYNER on the front, as well as without any front lettering (No Name) and with No. 38-20 on reverse (see below). This confirms a connection between Lynchburg and the No Name CD 164 No. 38-20 pieces. Since this is a Gayner mold, it is obvious that Lynchburg acquired the molds from Gayner. However, it is uncertain whether the No Name versions were made by Gayner or Lynchburg (see Gayner Insulators at Lynchburg?). It is possible that Gayner made the No Name version before lettering the GAYNER name on the molds. It is also possible that Lynchburg made some of the No Name pieces after blotting out GAYNER and before retooling the molds with the Lynchburg name and adding MADE IN U.S.A. to produce this version. However, there are no signs of blotouts on the No Name pieces.

Lettering Images:

Comparison of the No Name CD 164 Mold 12 (left, identical to those with GAYNER) and the same mold used by Lynchburg (right).

front letters
Lynchburg CD 164 Mold 12, detail of front lettering showing indistinct L logo.

Detail of reverse lettering.