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Biggest top I ever dug up

logan.the.collector

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Dec 24, 2020
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Any idea what it could have been used for, is there any value to it. Or if anybody needs it contact me
That appears to be a giant porcelain electical insulator. Not quite sure on value, but could be as old as the 50s or 60s and probably carried high voltage wire. Cool find. Might have been a two piece insulator but it looks to be a single piece "saddleback" shaped one
 

logan.the.collector

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Dec 24, 2020
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Tupper Lake, NY
Just based on the glaze color, this is pre-WW2. I can see a cemented joint, so it's definitely a two-part multipiece. It's tough to identify it exactly, but when it was whole it probably looked something like this catalog drawing.
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See now I would have never known that, that's crazy it's pre 1940s. You think I would since my dad is a lineman but the only knowledge I have for insulators is for glass ones.
 

Mailman1960

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That appears to be a giant porcelain electical insulator. Not quite sure on value, but could be as old as the 50s or 60s and probably carried high voltage wire. Cool find. Might have been a two piece insulator but it looks to be a single piece "saddleback" shaped one
That certainly makes sense, it does screw on there appears to be a filler so they must have screwed it on and then attached it once again this forum the best giddy up
 

Mailman1960

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May 31, 2020
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Just based on the glaze color, this is pre-WW2. I can see a cemented joint, so it's definitely a two-part multipiece. It's tough to identify it exactly, but when it was whole it probably looked something like this catalog drawing.
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Bingo, you seem to have hit the nail on the head that's why this is such a good site for us diggers maybe someday I can help someone thanks
 

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