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I was wondering what you guys thought of this. I am pretty sure it it an old telegraph insulator because it was found it an electric coop and is one a metal post that goes on a telephone crossarm. I have never seen another one like it. Comments are welcome.




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  • BrutalflyBrutalfly Posts: 74 ✭✭✭

    The number on it look like 42335 or 42385

  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,494 ✭✭✭✭✭

    i wonder if that goes to like some sort of pulley system?

  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,670 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Me thinks a barb wire stringing bracket. I don't think metal was used where electricity was present. IMO. Peace Roy

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  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,494 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That makes more sense to me namvet

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Definitely not an 'insulator' when made of metal.... Neat find though... looks like a part number or patent number... cannot tell from the pictures. Must have rung up loud and clear on the MD... Cheers, RickO

  • BrutalflyBrutalfly Posts: 74 ✭✭✭

    Thank you for the comments and the conversation everyone. I have enjoyed reading the posts and doing a little more digging around on the internet.

    I completely understand what guys are thinking when it comes to insulators and metal. My son has said the same thing "Dad isn't metal a conductor." Great conversation to have with my son because he collects insulators with me and my dad. So we have 3 generations collection insulators. My thinking is that could get a telegraph or telephone insulator that was metal encased as there have been examples of those found just not like this one. It was got me thinking more a long those lines than anything else.

    Here are a couple examples of metal encased insulators.

  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,772 ✭✭✭✭✭

    What does the 'post' that it is attached to look like, is it threaded.

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  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,772 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Brutalfly
    Based on the wear points on the sides and on the top, perhaps it was a jig for bending pipe/conduit producing bends with different radii??

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  • Steven59Steven59 Posts: 8,290 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It does look like a cable top insulator but I never saw a cast iron one before..........doesn't mean they don't exist though. At times insulators held telegraph lines too, not just electric lines. Did the telegraph lines need insulated? I don't know...........

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  • JWPJWP Posts: 17,578 ✭✭✭✭✭

    An insulator would be nonmetallic so they signal wouldn't be grounded out. Have you looked at the serial numbers on the one and maybe that could give you a clue. They definitely are different but rather nice-looking whatever they might be. Nice Vine :#

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