How I spent my summer vacation - insulator dump!

BillinMo

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You folks inspired me to get digging this summer, so a friend and I poked around an old insulator dump!

I very stupidly forgot to bring my camera, so I'm afraid most of the photos are after the fact. Here's an Ipad photo of me in the stream with a few finds. Much of the stuff dug came from the bank behind me.



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BillinMo

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Here are some of the finds. I found nothing whole, unfortunately, but these are old pieces as far as porcelain insulators are concerned -- all prior to 1905, I think.

Some of the shards show air bubbles and serious glazing flaws. The big piece on the right is a curved kiln brick.

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BillinMo

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This is one of the marked pieces -- Fred M Locke Victor, NY. I think this is a U-670A.



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BillinMo

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Here's a big three-part blue-gray multipart that took quite some time to dig out of the creek bank! This style would have been used on an early high-voltage distribution line.



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BillinMo

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At least five or six feet away, in another section of the creek bank, I found a shard in the same color. I couldn't believe it -- it actually fit!! It was another shard of the exact same piece I'd dug earlier that day.



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BillinMo

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This is the one (more or less) whole piece, which is actually just the top shell to an even larger multipart than the blue-gray one. It wasn't until after I brought this home and scrubbed off the grime that I found the VICTOR R=infinity logo on it. It's a pretty mahogany color glaze. There are a few chips on the underside and it's about 13 inches in diameter.



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BillinMo

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This is my favorite piece of the day. It's part of a "gutter-top" (You can see a whole one here)

You can see most of the six patent dates, plus FRED M LOCKE VICTOR NY.

I ended up getting soaked (it rained off and on that day), but I have to say that digging up 100 year old pieces of history is a feeling unlike anything else! Now I understand why you guys say digging is so addictive.



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