First, A Note About Embossings
The majority of insulators on this site list an
embossing in their description, e.g. . These numbers refer
to the embossing indices in John and Carol McDougald's insulator price
guide. They are provided as a convenience for collectors who own
the book and would like to know the specific embossing. The embossing
is an important and fascinating part of collecting insulators. There
are errors and misspellings. Sometimes just a single punctuation mark
can change the value of an insulator. Also, patent dates are
significant and can reveal a great deal about an insulator's use or
history. For more on insulator patent dates, visit NIA.org (the link
is below). For more on embossings, read the section entitled
Also, A Statement About Authenticity
We do not sell painted, irradiated, or otherwise
altered insulators. Guaranteed.
insulators.info is probably the most comprehensive and helpful
site in the hobby. If you haven't been there already, check it out! There are thousands of pictures, a glossary of insulator terms,
articles, a show calendar and more. While you're there,
member (it's free) and sign up for the daily digest. You'll be able
to read (lurk) or participate (post questions and/or messages) to a
forum of other interested collectors. You'll also find links for many other
great sites. Bill Meier, webmaster for insulators.info is one of the smartest guys
we know! He has done a great service to this
hobby for old and new collectors alike. Thanks, Bill!
This is the home page for the National Insulator Association. There is a whole bunch of helpful information for collectors there.
The Contact List reads like a "who's who" of insulator expertise. We
are in awe of the folks on that list! Thanks to all of them for the
tremendous amount of time, energy and research they have dedicated
to making this hobby more rewarding for all of us.
A note to new collectors: While you are visiting nia.org,
be sure to check out Dwayne Anthony's article, Fake & Altered
Insulators - Artificially Induced Colors. Please be careful! Just about every hobby has it's fakes, including this one.
We're also listed in these fine directories:
Aunt Mona's Gifts
Bon-a-Roo Gifts & Collectibles Search