2003 >> September  

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   By H. G. "Bea" Hyve


Soozie (shown in color on the inside of the back cover) is an H.G. CO. petticoat beehive, CD 145. She first saw the light of day in Covington, Kentucky around 100 years ago. Her first memories are of being rather warm as she was picked out of her mold and set on a conveyer belt moving toward the ...                    [more]


Kansas City Show Report

   By Brian Riecker


Melissa and I would like to thank everyone who came to our first annual swap meet in Independence, KS on May 10th. It surely won't be the last! We were pleased to have fifteen dealers present, totaling 20 tables of glass. Members of the Missouri Valley Insulator Club and the Prairie Signals Insulator Club were ...                    [more]


Hitting the 2003 California Spring Show Circuit

   By Dwayne Anthony


There are at least a dozen collectible shows and tailgaters a year in California, some specializing strictly in insulators, others offering insulators in conjunction with bottles and other tabletop collectibles. This report encompasses three shows held in the successive months of April, May & June.
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Porcelain Insulator News

   by Elton Gish


The Springfield National show was great for porcelain insulators. Two very rare multipart porcelain insulator styles made their appearance for the first time. One display brought attention from everyone at the show including the glass collectors. And it captured seven awards! First, let's present the unusual ...                    [more]


30th Annual Pennsylvania Insulator and Bottle Show

   by Claude Wambold


Rain, rain, go away come again another day, could have been our theme for this year's show. It rained just about every day since the first of June so on the Monday before the show I talked to the owner of the Perkiomenville Auction and Flea Market about the use of the Arena as a backup show site if it rained on ...                    [more]


Insulator of the Month - Back to School


Adding this marvelous CD 214 Telegrafos Nacionales to his collection is all about "making the grade" for 14-year-old Sean Green. 

You see, Sean gets to buy this insulator from his Dad. But the price is dependent upon the grades Sean earns at school this year. For straight A's, the insulator is his ...                    [more]

   A Magazine for Collectors

   Photos from "Crown Jewels of the Wire," September 2003

CJ In Color!

The following photos are from the September 2003 Crown Jewels of the Wire magazine. These have been provided by the publisher for those wishing to see a color rendition of the black and white photos ...                    [more]


Digging at Fairmont

   By Arlen Rienstra


I initially became intrigued with KCGW insulators while at one of the last insulator shows held in Columbia City, Indiana, May, 1991. There was a display titled "Indiana Insulators" and there I closely observed KCGW insulators for the first time. I was intrigued because I wasn't aware of any ...                    [more]


Foreign Insulators


Crown Jewels of the Wire is pleased to announce the selection of Caleb Thimell to be the new Foreign Insulator Editor. 

Caleb is well known in the hobby for his research on insulators made in Columbia, particularly with the popular and colorful Zicme brand insulators. He wrote the article on the scarce VI - BO ...                    [more]




NIA Board's Report to the General Membership Regarding the 
Results of its Investigation into Imitation EC&M Insulators 

by Steve Marks, NIA Past President

For the past seven years or so, serious questions have been raised about the ...                    [more]

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