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  1. #1
    us
    Dec 2006
    North Central Iowa
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    insulators, whats the point, whats the attraction

    Where I live there is a long stretch of old abandoned railroad that a local guy who is a friend of my family's bought and turned into a trail for people to walk or ride bikes on. Along the whole stretch the old telegraph poles are still standing. The insulators are still on top of the poles. My brother and I tore down a couple hundred yards of telegraph wire to use for an antenna. I'm sure it would be okay for me to go out and get the insulators down. My question is whats the point of collecting these. Is there a high value for em? Is there a market for them because they would have no value if I had nobody to sell them to. What is it that makes them attractive to some of you guys? I dont understand it so pull me out of the darkness and show me the light because I think it seems kinda strange


    I also posted this in Antiques & Collectibles

  2. #2

    May 2005
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    Re: insulators, whats the point, whats the attraction

    SteveDodds,

    yes folks do collect them; some sell them;
    some enjoy the hunt for them.

    "question is whats the point of collecting these(?)"
    If you have to ask ........................

    "seems kinda strange "
    to each his own.


    have a good un..........
    SHERMANVILLE

    In the academies many books, at the circus many sacks of peanuts, at the club rooms many cigar butts.

  3. #3
    us
    Dec 2006
    North Central Iowa
    Fisher F5, BH 202
    344
    2 times

    Re: insulators, whats the point, whats the attraction

    Okay maybe I shouldn't have said "whats the point". That was the wrong wording. .

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    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
    Ozarks
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    Re: insulators, whats the point, whats the attraction

    What color are they...are they glass or stonewear?

    I guess the pictures below would show "the point" $$$$$1000.00-1250.00
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    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

  5. #5
    us
    Dec 2006
    North Central Iowa
    Fisher F5, BH 202
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    Re: insulators, whats the point, whats the attraction

    What is there that I can look for so I dont have to pull them all down. Can I just look for color? Do I need to pull them down and ID them before I know if theyre good ones? Can I just go along and look for a certain style?

  6. #6
    us
    Feb 2006
    Albertville Alabama
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    Re: insulators, whats the point, whats the attraction

    try posting some pics of them still on the poles and someone here will let you know if they are worth the trouble or not

  7. #7

    Dec 2006
    YOUNGSTOWN OHIO
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    Re: insulators, whats the point, whats the attraction

    some are worth a lot and others worth 2-3.00 bucks.
    i have seen the ones that i have for sale on private sites for up to 500.00
    and then see them at the local flea market for 4.00 bucks.
    you will see these variances take place with east coast vs west coast sites.
    thats the only thing i can figure.
    plus a person will take their chances at not selling something at 500.00 as compared
    to selling something for fair value at 4.00 ............
    some people have much time on their hands and can afford that luxury.

  8. #8
    Unclenutsy

    Feb 2006
    Carsonville Michigan
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    Re: insulators, whats the point, whats the attraction

    I do not collect them, but if I did I would hit this place... I took these pics last Saturday and the lines go for seven miles..




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    Re: insulators, whats the point, whats the attraction

    LOOKS like a lot of $$$$$$ MONEY sitting on those poles.........EBAY each one>>>$$$$$$$$$$$ kachingggggg..

    db

  10. #10
    us
    Dec 2006
    North Central Iowa
    Fisher F5, BH 202
    344
    2 times

    Re: insulators, whats the point, whats the attraction

    I've seen some shaped like the ones circled where I'm talking about. Whats the easiest way to get them down? I cant drive a vehicle where these are at. I would have to carry my tools. Do they just screw off? Do I need some sort of wrench?

  11. #11

    Jan 2006
    Tesoro Compadre!
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    Re: insulators, whats the point, whats the attraction

    Most of the insulators in your pictures are common. Anything rubber or plastic are common. The rubbers are Continental Rubber Works pieces and the plastic ones are HK Porters, which are VERY common. The glass ones are Hemingray-42s, which are also pretty common. Colorful glass is the best to go for. Colors like purple, amber, carnival etc. Threadless pieces are older and often command a much higher price than threaded pieces. These types of stuff probably aren't on that line, but it cant hurt to look. That is probably a 1940-1950 line, making most of the insulators newer styles.

    I'm one of the biggest buyers and sellers of insulators in New England and have been collecting them for 10 years now. The most expensive piece Ive seen sell is a CD 158.9 Boston Bottle Works in root beer amber, which sold for $35,000. It is in the link below...

    http://www.insulators.info/pictures/?id=98498774

 

 

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