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Porcelain Overview

Similar to their glass counterparts, porcelain insulators date back to before the Civil War for telegraph wires.  In North America glass was always the predominate material for communications insulators but porcelain has become the standard for power distribution due to its greater strength and surface resistance.

Porcelain insulators did receive the same level of interest as glass in the early years of insulator collecting, but have been gaining popularity in the last ten years.  They are equally historically significant as their glass counterparts and available in as many colors and significantly more styles. Within the last 10 years or so a number of factors have contributed to the rapid increase in interest in porcelain:

I hope you've enjoyed this overview of porcelain insulator collecting. We look forward to meeting another "Mud Hound" on-line!!!

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Last updated Sunday, August 31, 2003