View Full Version : $10,000 insulator? WOW

02-10-2009, 06:29 PM
I found this website by accident but I was impressed with some of his prices. He has some great digging stories too. I sure do like the $10,000 cobalt insulator his buddy found!

RED Matthews
02-10-2009, 07:13 PM
Hi Wilkie, I didn't find this insulator. I fount the utahdiggers.com and the American
Diggers Magazine. What else do I need to know? RED Matthews

02-10-2009, 07:21 PM
Red, scroll down until you see the pic entitled "the amazing insulator".. click on it, and scroll again.. it's at the bottom of the page.. and don't expect too much!!!

RED Matthews
02-10-2009, 09:01 PM
Hi cyberdigger, I did it just like you suggested but the last page wasn't available.
It said "No page found" Thanks anyway. RED M

02-10-2009, 09:05 PM
Try scrolling down on this page.


02-10-2009, 10:03 PM
The Grobergs went out to the Seven Troughs area after the Reno show and found that telephone insulator on top of the ground out in the sage. They sent me pics and I told 'em it was a major goodie. I LOVE WANDERING AROUND THE NEVADA DESERT!! Besides bottles, there's a lot of cool Indian artifacts. I go over there more often for the points, not the bottles.

02-10-2009, 11:06 PM

Hi Wilkie,* I didn't find this insulator.* I fount the utahdiggers.com and the American
Diggers Magazine.* What else do I need to know?* RED Matthews

Hey there Clarence. I will copy and paste the story here for you. I hope the "Utah Diggers" don't mind (anyway, I'm sending people to their site).

On the way home from the Reno show, we stopped at another Nevada gold camp . Another steep canyon with flats cut from the sides where houses were once perched. The residents merely tossed their trash out the doors and windows for us to dig a hundred plus years later. So we found layers on the hill side up to a foot deep of ash , bone , and broken glass over in this thick , tough buffalo grass. By the end of the day we only had an old rusty pistol and we broke the only bottle we found trying to hack it out of very hard , dry earth.

As we prepared to leave the area , may partner returned from wandering down in the bottom of the canyon. In his hand was a short , stubby cobalt insulator which he found only half buried down in the flat. Reed remarked maybe in could fetch a hundred dollars if we were lucky.

Tired of the heat we decided to head home. The four of us piled into the van and headed down the dusty road. I slipped off my shoes and propped my feet on the dash and glanced out the window wondering what treasures were still buried in this canyon. Reed suddenly exclaimed , " What the hell !! ". I turned away from the window and found a rather large gray lizard resting on my thigh looking like he was my little pet. Apparrently , we had left the door ajar and he came in seeking shade. This was a smart lizard. We rolled to a stop and I opened the door and gingerly dislodged the hitchhiker and watched him scurry away in the dust. I never let on to my companions of my near heart attack or screamed like a little girl which considering my surprise , I felt was due.

We proceeded home with no other excitement until we arrived and I called a local insulator collector. After my causal description of our find , his calling me a liar several times , and a lot of beating around the bush from him as he wanted our find , he confessed it was an awesome piece worth between $7500 to $10,000. And just were did I we find it he inquired. I responded that it was somewhere between the California border and Utah in the lizards den.

NOTE: In March 2008, the insulator sold for $9,350!

02-10-2009, 11:09 PM
and here's the pics:


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02-10-2009, 11:13 PM
Nice link Woody. It goes right to it. I'm no insulator expert but that doesn't seem like $10K worth of glass. It must be extremely rare.

02-10-2009, 11:14 PM
Hard to believe that's worth almost 10 grand! Other than the color, it's really not that attractive! I do like it though, just not 10,000 dollars like.

02-18-2009, 10:37 AM
I just got my bottles that I purchased from utahcollectors.com It was a two bottle lot of cobalt Creme de Camila bottles for 18 dollars. One regular sized, one sample. I made the purchase for the sample which I believe is kind of scarce. The description said that they were in good condition except for the "utah haze" that they want to call the staining. When they arrived in the mail, the large size had a large chip off one corner of the base. The sample had a 1/2" diagonal crack on the neck and a lip chip. I was really bummed.

Now, granted, Rick Holt, graciously offered to refund my money if I sent the bottles back, but c'mon, the time and trouble of mailing them back and the cost of shipping does not make this even worth the refund. He needs to be sure he lists his bottles accuratley, it's not like he has hundreds of them listed and simply overlooked these two. He doesn't have many listed at all. All I'm saying here is if you decide to buy from his website, ask questions first!

08-12-2011, 10:12 PM
Awesome find! Once in a lifetime, but usually never. LOL