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Porcelain Telephone Wire Insulator, Lapp 1929, Cocoa Brown
This old porcelain telephone wire insulator, a glossy cocoa brown, is from Lapp Co. of LeRoy N.Y. and is signed under the glaze. It is solid molded porcelain, threaded on the inside. For the budding collector: an insulator consists of the dome, wire groove, petticoat, skirt, and base. This one is signed Lapp 1929, with the trademark, on the skirt. It measures 3 3/4" tall x 3 5/16" wide at base. There are a few small chips to the glaze on the underside of the dome on one side, two lightly rubbed places on top(shown) and some residual glue on the rim of the base where it was screwed down (also shown). All of this only adds to the aesthetic charm of this old communications system collectible.
This is a wonderful item for display in a collection of insulators, or to stand alone on a table or shelf. Smooth warm and glossy brown, it looks like a little ceramic mushroom sculpture.
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Michelle L. d'Anjou & Char d'Anjou, Evanston, IL
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