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Foreign Insulators
by Marilyn Albers

Reprinted from "Crown Jewels of the Wire", May 1987, page 27


In the July, 1986 issue of CROWN JEWELS, my column showed photos of 3 pintype porcelain insulators that belong to Jim Bates of Edinburg, Texas. Two of these were styles we hadn't seen and their U-numbers were pending. The third was a rather common style, U-1692, except this one was white with a royal blue crown and hailed from Mexico!

The series of drawings shown below (except for U-1692) have been completed. As you can see, Jack Tod has been hard at work again! These U-numbers are new assignments. Iíve indicated the three Bates insulators, and the remaining pieces are recent additions to my own collection. As you can see, some are marked and some are not.

U-1378 Unattributed marking, white, Korea   

U-1638 No Name threadless, white, Mexico (Bates)

U-1692 No Name, white with royal blue crown, Mexico (Bates)   

U-1927 CE in diamond, white "dryspot," Portugal

U-2064 Richard Ginori, white, Italy   

U-2076 SN-150, white Austria (Bates)

U-2230 "Made in Germany" marked inside pinhole, white, Germany   

U-2843 Bullers Ltd. London, Bennett, white, England

U-3131 Richard Ginori, brown, Italy   


Now dig out your January, 1987 issue of CROWN JEWELS! I mentioned there that Mike Guthrie had also found some styles in foreign porcelain which had not been catalogued. He was good enough to send me these pieces for shadow profiles and dimensions. On to Jack for the final inked drawings and assignment of U-numbers. These additions to the Universal Style Chart are shown below, including any markings and countries of origin. Thanks, Mike, we appreciate your interest and help very much.

U-1112 N I, white, Korea   

U-1842 N N, white, country (?)

U-2089 N N, white, Belgium   


U-2563 Richard Ginori, white, Italy   

U-2566 Unmarked Ginori, brown, Italy

U-2872 NGK, grey, Japan   

U-2945 Logo unattributed, green, country (?)


These three styles of foreign glass pintypes are embossed with the word VEGLA. We knew that they had been found on lines in both Austria and Germany, but the marking remained a mystery.

Well, it's not a mystery anymore! We now know that VEGLA is a composite word taken from VEREINIGTE GLASWERKE, a glass manufacturer in Germany. Our source says that this firm has factories in Stolberg (Rheinland), Herzogenrath (Aachen), Mannheim and Sindorf (Cologne). We have no further information, but to me this little shred is very exciting! And this clue will help us to track down the rest of the story eventually. At least we have a direction to pursue.

Three VEGLA styles

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