>> Wednesday, April 14, 2010
A few weeks ago I blogged about my thrifting adventures and the delicious display of antique insulators I found.
Today, in honor of Vintage Thingies Thursday, I thought I would share some of the lovelies that came home with me.
Originally, glass insulators were used to protect homes from lightening strikes. Then in the mid 1800s to keep up with technological progress, glass insulators for wiring began being produced.
The shapes and sizes changed as our needs changed.
And here's something eco-cool and SO ahead of it's time. Did you know that insulators were often made from recycled glass? End of day scraps and old bottles were often heated and then pressed together to make insulators (which accounts for color swirls you often see inside them when held up to the light.)
I just began collecting so I don't have any uber valuable pieces, but I do have a favorite. It is this emerald green Brookfield insulator. Not only is the color a gorgeous rich shade, but there is an amber swirl running through the middle and my favorite part- there is an embossing error. It reads "BROOKFIFED" instead of "BROOKFIELD" on it.
I plan on making something crafty with a select few of these very soon. It will be beachy, decorative AND functional. What could be better than that?! Check back soon to see what I create!
Linking up to Vintage Thingies Thursday over at Coloradolady's.
Have your eyes glassed over at all the things on my website that could possibly be given away this weekend?