By Maribeth Keane — August 19th, In this interview Ian Macky describes the origins, types, shapes and colors of collectible antique glass insulators. His son had a bunch of insulators on the window sill in his bedroom. You always think of glass as being fragile, but it was used for some pretty industrial uses.
Glass and porcelain insulators have been around since the early days of electricity, and are the safest way to keep electricity in its place — in wires, not in the surrounding buildings where it can pose an electrocution hazard to anyone unlucky enough to touch it. The glass insulator was screwed onto a wooden hook, which was attached to buildings or the power pole, and then the live electric wire was wrapped around it. Eventually, other systems were designed for making the wires safe, making the intriguing and interesting antique glass insulators obsolete. They make great sun catchers in a sunny window, along with other antique coloured glass.
Log in to your Etsy account. Buy and sell electronics, cars, fashion apparel, collectibles, sporting goods, digital cameras, baby items, coupons, and everything else on eBay, the world's online marketplace. A Coat Rack Giustina at Domestically Blissful found an old coat rack shelf and she gave it a lovely makeover with white paint and covered the pegs with glass insulators. This coat rack would be a perfect vintage addition to any home. A Wind Chime Jennifer Hempfling at Pinterest has shared an outdoor creation where a wind chime is crafted using glass insulators.
Welcome to Hemingray. The Hemingray Glass Company operated between and was the largest manufacturer of glass insulators in the world. This web site is dedicated to providing information on every insulator style made by Hemingray. There's plenty of information here and I'm always working to improve the site, so have a look around and feel free to check back often!