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Ceramic Insulator

coldwater diver

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Nov 10, 2006
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MAINE
Hi Guys found this in a recent dive in Maine. Its an interesting shape that Ive not seen before. I would be interested to learn more about it if anyone has knowledge about it. Thanks for looking. Kevin
 

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coldwater diver

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Nov 10, 2006
857
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MAINE
It's the bottom piece of a cemented multipart, which was likely two shells cemented together (maybe three, but this looks too small for a three-part). With only half the insulator, it's a bit tough to tell exactly what type it is, but it probably would have looked somewhat similar to this one:
http://www.allinsulators.com/photos/Porcelain/M/2200-2299.html#M-2221

Thanks for the info. My friend Bram was suggesting that as well. Its interesting because the top of it is smooth and doesn't seem to indicate it had a top, unless it were a part made separately to assemble w other pieces. I will have to keep an eye out for the other parts.
 

kleinkaliber

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May 23, 2011
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Yes, that is a bottom "shell." They were made in anywhere from 1 to 4 pieces, which were then cemented together. For the really rare ones, if they are broken, collectors of these multipart insulators sometimes dissolve the cement and take them apart. Then they can re-cement an unbroken top to an unbroken bottom (or middle) shell, making what is referred to a "kitsulator."
 

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