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by Morgan Sparks
Reprinted from "INSULATORS - Crown Jewels of the Wire", June 1971, page 3
On a trip to Europe last summer I was fortunate enough to pick up 4 of these
unusual French insulators. These are undoubtedly the most unusual I've ever
seen. The ones I found range in color from light to deep, almost black green.
These were found near Nevers, France. I've seen only one other insulator like
these, at a trade meet in New York. Europe is unquestionably much more beautiful than the United States. (Insulatorwise, of course. ) It is a gold
mine for any collector, glass or ceramic. Insulators come in SCA, green, blue
and all colors that can be found in the U. S.. Ceramics come in almost every
color of the rainbow. There are many huge power insulators, especially in deep
olive and aqua. The shapes are impossible to explain. Many of the insulators are
even more weird than the one I have shown.
Getting the insulators is a different story. I was just lucky. We just
happened to be passing a line that was being re-strung. Next to each new pole
was a discarded old one. But we were even luckier. The metal pole the insulator
was fastened to was unscrewed from the crossarm. Of course that was just by
chance. The insulators are securely fastened to a metal pole with plaster of
making the insulators unobtainable from the ground. Second, no one has even
heard of insulators over there. Your only chance to get insulators in Europe is
to FIND THEM YOURSELF.
It seems as if there are the same number of ceramics as glass insulators in
Europe. Germany, Austria, and Italy have a number of ceramics, while France and
the Low Countries are primarily glass. From what I hear, England is almost
Thank you for your time, and I would appreciate any information any other
readers have on these or any other European insulators.
Basking Ridge, New Jersey