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Posted 3 years ago

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I have been seeing Show & Tell postings for insulators on here, and that made me remember I have a collection that were my father's (he passed away in 1997). I went to the basement and found some that he stored in a wooden box. I do not know anything about what's what when it comes to insulators so if anyone wants to educate me on the insulators in this collection that would be appreciated. The ones that are not glass do not have markings that I can find. The six made of glass have marks as follows (I am leaving out writing such as "Made in the USA"):

B
Patent Nov 13 1883
Feb 12th 1884
W. Brookfield
New York

Hemingray - 16
16-56

Whitall Tatum
No 1
53-45 (under that is an A with a circle around it)

Whitall Tatum Co No 1
31
(And their mark, a W with a T under it in a upside-down triangle)

Armstrong's DP 1
(A with circle around it) 10 50

Hemingray 42

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  1. lawat56 lawat56, 3 years ago
    HOW HIGH IS THE 1883 AND WIDE AND MAYBE I CAN HELP YOU ON THAT ONE
  2. lawat56 lawat56, 3 years ago
    AND WHAT IS THE TRUE COLOR THAT YOU SEE OF THAT ONE TOO , I THINK THAT IS A CD 145 BROOKFIELD, IF AQUA IT IS NOT WORTH MUCH BUT IF IT IS BLUE -GRAY IT COULD BE WORTH LOT MORE
  3. SMD SMD, 3 years ago
    lawat56 I went back down to the basement to get it and discovered it is also marked on the reverse side (W. Brookfield New York) so I will update my original post. It's 4" tall with a 3" diameter.

    What I really wonder about are the three not made of glass.
  4. SMD SMD, 3 years ago
    I don't know about the color names for insulators but I think it's darker than aqua. In the first photo, the insulator on the box top right looks aqua to me. This one is a deeper color.
  5. SMD SMD, 3 years ago
    Just looked at it again, seems the camera flash and fluorescent lighting make it look lighter in the photo.
  6. lawat56 lawat56, 3 years ago
    THE COLORS ONES ARE ALWAYS SOME OF THE HIGHER VALUE ONES AND THE OTHER THREE THAT ARE NOT GLASS ARE THE PORCELAIN AND SOME OF THEM ARE VERY HIGH , HERE IS A LINK AND YOU CAN RESEARCH ON http://www.insulators.info/ GOOD LUCK
  7. SMD SMD, 3 years ago
    The brown porcelain one, front right in the photo. It has a hole through it, an indent in the top and a solid flat bottom. What was it used for and when?
  8. SMD SMD, 3 years ago
    Also, the numbers on the glass ones - do they have anything to do with a date? Like 53-45 would that be 1945? Or are they model numbers?
  9. tikiray tikiray, 3 years ago
    I don't know too much about these either, but the larger brown one is pretty common. I still see them on poles around here where I live. I think it is a cable insulator, because it has that channel at the top of it. The other brown insulator with the hole in the top of it could be what is called a "johnny ball", but I'm not positive that is what it is. I have one with holes through it and mine is a johnny ball.... they aren't used on the poles, but in the middle of the lines.

    I like the glass ones, they are much more pretty. That smokey colored one you have is nice. I haven't seen one that color before, could be worth a bit more money than the clear or teal ones.
  10. SMD SMD, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the info. tikiray!
  11. FortMadBob, 3 years ago
    The smaller brown insulator is a house knob that is missing its base. There should be a metal cap with a screw extending from it where there is no glaze on the bottom. There was a steel U-bolt that slipped through the groove in the top and through the two holes in the base and held the base cap on. This type of insulator was screwed onto the side of a house or a wooden pole. The messenger cable was attached to the house knob and the power or telephone wires were wrapped around the messenger cable. Complete, house knobs have little value, without the hardware, there is no value. The larger brown insulator is a common cable-top of little value. The white ceramic one is an exchange insulator used for telephone service. It is not rare, but uncommon in white, depending on condition, it may be $5 - 10. All of the glass ones are common and a knowledgeable collector would not pay over a dollar apiece for them. The "smokey" one is actually smokey from being on a railroad line, it will be clear after a good cleaning. Although there is little monetary value here, they still look pretty when cleaned up and put on a window sill and every collection has to start from somewhere.
  12. FiveTalents, 2 years ago
    Does anyone know the value of the top left one? They seem to be fairly common
  13. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 2 years ago
    Have any of you seen the website that turns insulators and railroad lenses in the lamp fixtures? They have some very unique and beautiful items. Sorry, I can't remember the name of the site.

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