Collectibles--General (Modern)/Ceramic insulator

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Brown ceramic insulator
Brown ceramic insulato  
I found a brown ceramic insulator and was curious about the value. After googling I discovered the logo, a "B" inside of an oval is the mark for Ohio Brass, but could not find info on my specific style. Any additional information would be appreciated!

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Your insulator is made by Ohio Brass and I would date it to the 1925-1935 era.  They style is designed for telephone wire use and is called a transposition.  This was a special purpose insulator to allow telephone wire pairs to "cross over" every thousand feet or so to reduce crosstalk (like twisted pair wire).  Insulator collectors have developed a numbering system for these porcelain insulators called the "U number system".  Here is a link to some transposition styles: http://www.nia.org/general/porcelain/uni_3.htm -- it is a little hard to tell from the angle of your picture, but I suspect yours is U-206.  These typically trade in the $8-$10 range so pretty nice pieces.  Hope this helps,  Thanks, --Bob  

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Bob Berry

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Questions related to collecting Glass Insulators and porcelain insulators - I can provide historical information as well as current collector values. I am also interested in purchasing insulators I need for my collection.

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I have collected since the early 1970's and have much historical information, as well as knowledge of current insulator values.

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National Insulator Association (http://www.nia.org)

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BS & MS in Electrical Engineering

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