Share your favorites on Show & Tell

California Glass Insulator Style CD 161 1912-1916

In Tools and Hardware > Insulators > Show & Tell.
ho2cultcha's loves1055 of 19024Rainy Day Community Sale FindsSilver Springs Pottery - Florida
Love it
Like it

PhilDMorrisPhilDMorris loves this.
iggyiggy loves this.
ho2cultchaho2cultcha loves this.
Vynil33rpmVynil33rpm loves this.
BrunswickBrunswick loves this.
bucketheadbuckethead loves this.
TreyTrey loves this.
elanskielanski loves this.
fortapachefortapache loves this.
junkbuddyjunkbuddy loves this.
TheGateKeeperTheGateKeeper loves this.
Irishcollector.Irishcollector. loves this.
jscott0363jscott0363 loves this.
fattytailfattytail loves this.
vetraio50vetraio50 loves this.
AnythingObscureAnythingObscure loves this.
NewfldNewfld loves this.
kwqdkwqd loves this.
See 17 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.

    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

    Posted 1 year ago

    (2404 items)

    The color on this one is a bit hard to aee but it is what is called purple. It was originally clear but UV rays over the years gave it a purple tint. Photo #2 shows the actual color the best
    California Insulators were made from 1912-1916. The company which was in Long Beach was destroyed in a flood in 1916. That is why the LA River (as seen in movies) is a big concrete channel. Despite being known as an area where it rarely rains when it did there tended to be flooding. The LA basin is surrounded by mountains that focus all the water intro a small area thus all the concrete lined rivers.
    The CD 161 insulators are 3"x4" although this one is a bit narrower, probably about 2 7/8' at the base. Variations occurred plus there were bubbles in the glass. All good enough for insulators from 100 years ago.
    There is an A embossed on the top which may be the shop designation.

    See all
    Glass Insulator CD162 HGCO Peacock Blue with Inclusions Awesome Color
    Glass Insulator CD162 HGCO Peacock ...
    1pcs Vintage Glass Coil Radio Wire Strain Shortwave Frequency Antenna Insulator
    1pcs Vintage Glass Coil Radio Wire ...
    Antique Glass Insulator CD 162  City Fire Alarm Insulator
    Antique Glass Insulator CD 162 Cit...
    Glass Insulator CD162 HGCO Peacock Blue with Inclusions Awesome Color
    Glass Insulator CD162 HGCO Peacock ...
    See all


    1. Trey Trey, 1 year ago
      It’s crazy how the sun baked it to that color.
    2. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
      Thank you very much Trey. When that happens to clear glass it means it is over 100 years old.
    3. Silverwolf Silverwolf, 1 year ago
      Is this what they call the Amber Glass? I see these every day as I drive down the old highway along the abandon railway. The old lines are full of them.
    4. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
      Negative Silverwolf this is actually purple. There may be gold on those poles but most are worth $1-$3.

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.