Mac's Believe It or Not!
by John McDougald
Reprinted from "Crown Jewels of the Wire", July 2002, page 26
From the ICE AQUA mounds of Muncie, Indiana
Nothing super rare about these two oddities from Indiana, just an interesting
first-time entry and re-entry into the hobby of two unusual looking ice aqua
insulators. As my two-year-old grandson Owen would say, "It meIls, Grandad"
--- like HEMINGRAY for both of these pieces.
A RE-ENTRY: The first is an unusual spool (CD 1057) that was noted in
Milholland's Most About Glass Insulators, 4th Revision, 1976, page 429. It was attributed to Kenneth Nettles of BargerviIle,
Indiana. This spring Ken contacted me about purchasing his collection and Carol
stopped to pick up the insulators on her way to the Smithsonian Institution/N.I.A.
March marathon. Ken was proud that his insulator had been featured in the 1976
reference books, and rightfully so. To my knowledge, I have only heard rumors of
two similar spools currently in collections.
Fortunately Elton Gish never leaves
home without his shadow profile kit (what that guy can do with a flashlight and
a piece of clear glass), so his services were enlisted to draw the spool when
Carol saw him in Washington, D.C.
Ken Nettles knew that he had gotten the spool
from some of the "Muncie dump boys" in the early 70's. So, he was
quite sure it was a product of Hemingray. I am in agreement.
body" of the spool is similar to the more common Hemingray CD 1052 spool.
However, there is a skirt that adds 7/8" of depth and there is a slotted
base below the "arm" and at 180° from the "arm".
The Milholland photo didn't depict the size of the spool or the slotted base, so the
photos and the new shadow profile are most helpful in making it a recognizable
Base of CD 1057 showing the two slots in front of the
"arm" and at 180° from the "arm."
(Left) Showing the slots on the base while resting
on the "top" of
the spool, "arm" in front.
(Right) Showing the slots on the base while
the base photographed from the "un-armed" side.
A FIRST-TIME ENTRY: This interesting piece was traded for by Rick Soller on
his way to the Mansfield Bottle Show in May. Carol was set up next to Rick at
the show, and he indicated he had gotten a "neat piece" from a bottle
collector in Muncie on his way to the show.
When he pulled out the insulator,
Mrs. Mac nearly died. She can really get excited about the good fortune of
another collector. So much so, that when she called me to report on the show,
the first thing she said was, "You should see Rick Soller's strain!"
Of course, I pictured crutches, bandages, or the very worst traction!!
Rick has a great looking guy wire strain in ice blue aqua. And, the fact that he
came out of a collection in Muncie would make me believe that it, too, is a
product of Hemingray. As grandson Owen would say, "It mells, grandad!"
Carol put together a crude drawing of the piece and took some pictures to share
with me so I could see what kind of "strain" Rick really had! Believe
It Or Not!
A strain with no pain -- a gain!