Friday, March 4, 2011

Insulator Post -- California Trio

From Left to Right:

CD 145  California  "Beehive"  Sage Green
CD 162  California  "Signal"  Light Purple
CD  166  California  "A011"  Light Purple

These three insulators are the most recent additions to my little California family.  The CD 145 and 166 I obtained because these style numbers were not yet represented in my collection.  The CD 162 Signal (middle insulator) I purchased because of it's excessive dome glass.  For whatever reason during it's creation the mandrel that forms the threaded socket inside the insulator was not plunged as deep into the molten glass as other Signals I have.  The result is a solid dome that shows the true color of the glass nicely.  A closer look will also show that the thread hole is off center adding even more uniqueness to this particular piece. 

Following are close ups of the embossing on each insulator.


  1. I have to say I like the color of the CD 162. You describe it as purple but to me it looks like a light cherry brown. very cool. I am still waiting to see your display case... I know you're going to build one!

  2. Hi Mike,

    Yea, you are correct in your observation. Plum brown is another adjective used to describe this shade. Colors and how we percieve them is an often contested and sometimes humorous part of the hobby.

    The display case is going to happen but I've got some personal business I am tending to now that will put that project off until the summertime at least. For now I've been enjoying the Cali's all lined up on the kitchen window sill.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  3. The CD 166 Cal is 'smokey purple'.

    The CD 162 Cal is 'smokey peach'