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    Posted 5 years ago

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    CD 1104 Hemingray 103 spool-type insulator. 1900 - 1920. Few styles were embossed with Hemingray on them.
    This one is damaged but a good piece for the first of this type in glass that I have.

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    1. AnnaB AnnaB, 5 years ago
      It's beautiful! I've never seen this kind before.
    2. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      It's not rare, but it's not your everyday insulator. Spool-type.

      Oh, I'm just about to post another story. Give me about 2 mins. It shows in-situ dig-pics. But I warn you, it's pretty long. LOL.
    3. AnnaB AnnaB, 5 years ago
      i've just quickly checked ebay for one like this- nothing. Did you buy it or dig it out? The colors that did come up for the spool type - red, yellow, even pinkish- are they original or manipulated?
    4. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      Some of those were stained to be that colour. Aqua like mine is natural. So are most blues. Neon pink and screaming yellow.... I'd not even pick it up to look at. LOL.
      Porcelain, though, come in many colours.

      There are a few up like mine. :)

      As for values, check out these sold listings:

      Not much. I paid $5 for mine. About all they're worth. So if you ever go to pick one up, don't over-pay.
    5. AnnaB AnnaB, 5 years ago
      I have to educate myself quite a bit before i spend any more money on any bottle or insulator going forward. I checked my favorite purple bottle today online to see if it's irradiated. Of course, it was =( Apparently, Weisbrod and Hess bottles were made only in aqua/clear colors.
    6. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      It puts your bottle, likely, before 1920, then, though-- that it went purple.
    7. AnnaB AnnaB, 5 years ago
      was it irradiated before 1920? i'm not sure i understand.
      I'll take a collective photo of all my purple bottles and post them next week for determining the authenticity of color.
    8. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      Recall that Manganese was used before 1920 to decolourise, or make clear, bottles. Due to the sun's radiation, and also such as sterilising equipment that uses radiation, the Manganese leads the glass to turn pinkish or purple.
      Light purple is usually natural from the sun. A tint of pink is also usually natural from the sun.
      Dark purple is irradiated by people, in the last 20 years most likely. Especially the last 10 years has seen this happen.
    9. AnnaB AnnaB, 5 years ago
      Thank you for the info, Spirit. I'm sure it was irradiated. It's a shame, and i'm very disappointed, actually, even outraged, because the bottle was bought in a reputable antique shop in Sandwich, Mass., not at a flea market. Thankfully, it was only $5.
    10. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      Unless they had multiple bottles in the same dealer's booth(s,) all also touted as natural and rare colours, they didn't really do much if anything wrong. Not everyone knows about this issue of irradiated bottles.
      It's why I educate others who have interest in antique bottles.

      Seltzer collectors in England ran into issues 10-20 years ago. Common seltzers were stained colours and sold at flea markets, listed as dyed/stained by the reputable dealers. But they got sold by the buyers as rare colours, tripling, quadrupling, their ''value'' and fooling the next buyer.
      By the time anyone figured it out, it was too late-- too many were out there, and still are, being touted as rare colours when they were merely stained.
      Yet ask most seltzer collectors, and they'd not know. That issue is mostly confined to England for now.
    11. AnnaB AnnaB, 5 years ago
      This is all great info, and i thank you again, Spirit, for sharing your knowledge and taking time to do this! It's educational, inspirational and motivational.
    12. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      College starts Monday. Until then, I have all the time in the World. LOL.
    13. AnnaB AnnaB, 5 years ago
      Wishing you a productive and successful semester. Hope you can stop by occasionally!
    14. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      Thank you, and I'll be on still. :P
      (Ya' can't get rid o' me yet!)

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