Collectibles--General (Modern)/Odd insulator.
QUESTION: I have an odd insulator! It is a clear Hemingray 14 with a wire around it and the iron saddle with threaded end attached to it. It sits on a wood insulator pol that is attached to an iron brace with a u-bolt underneath and that part has a ceramic insulator in it. I was wondering what this would be worth? I've never seen anything like this. I can send you a picture if that would help. Thanks, Edie
ANSWER: It sounds possibly like a street light hanger. Please send a picture and I should be able to identify it and some thoughts on value.
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QUESTION: The glass one looks like a CD 160, but there's an o under Hemingray and we can't find it in our book. The ceramic one is embossed with: Thomas 22.
This helps!! Your item is a Holmes tree insulator -- they were designed to allow telephone or power lines to be mounted to trees when necessary. The swivel top allows movement. These are very collectible with around a $40-$45 value. I've attached an old catalog page showing this item. The catalog is from 1910 and that is about where these date to. Oddly the clear Hemingray-14 dates from the late 1940s so may have been utilized later or just a very late use of the design. Still an awesome piece!