Posted 8 years ago
Here is an area of collecting that not many people are familiar with. These are lightning rod insulators, I found them out scrounging around this weekend. Back in the old days lightning was a constant fear. You would put a lightning rod on each end of your house and barn, and run the rod down the side of the structure to a grounding rod stuck 3-4' in the ground. These insulators were used to insulate the rod from the structure as it traveled down the side to the grounding rod. They come in a variety of colors and designs and these date from the late 1800's. I have included a link so you can see how pretty a lot of these really are. These are a lot harder to find then regular insulators and really look nice in a display.