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State of the Magazine


Two years ago this month, my wife and I applied to acquire Crown Jewels of the Wire magazine. Linda is a nurse. I'm a police officer. Previously, I spent 14 years as a radio and television news reporter. But apart from having a journalism degree, I had no experience with the print medium. Neither had my ...                    [more]


Left Coast Lines - News From The Western Region

   By Mike Doyle


THE 36th TULARE HARVEST INSULATOR & BOTTLE SHOW is a two-day event that has a rich history going back over thirty years. Every year (it seems...) Richard Simon says, "This is gonna be the LAST year that we do this show!" And every year Dave Brown and Mike Doyle prepare themselves to ...                    [more]


Porcelain Insulator News

   by Elton Gish


Someone wrote recently asking if the Victor mugs were actually made at the insulator factory in Victor, NY. We haven't discussed the Victor chinaware in many years. Now that I have much more information about them, thought you would like to learn more about this interesting go-with. First, Locke Insulator Mfg. ...                    [more]


Insulator of the Month - OH YEAH, IT'S RED!


This CD 102, pony style, insulator is one of the few insulators made in ruby red glass. The insulator is embossed "VTS INDUSTRIAL Co" (front) and "NUMBER 8" (reverse). VTS, a distributor of telephone supplies, had insulators made in ruby red and peacock blue glass for its customers. They are ...                    [more]


Canyonville Oregon Show

   By Scott Morrell


November's Jefferson State Insulator and Bottle Show can be summed up in one word: SUCCESS! We had 90 sales tables, approximately half bottles and half insulators. The Seven Feathers convention hall was plush, and the casino's service was great. The dealers were impressed with the show hall, praised the ...                    [more]


EIC/NMHBS Sixteenth Annual Show and Sale

   By Mike Gay and Tom Katonak


The 16th Annual Show on September 27th, 2003 was another capital success for the ElC! As in the past several years, we joined forces with the New Mexico Historical Bottle Society to pull this event off. This year we returned to our favorite venue, Chapman Hall of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in NE ...                    [more]


Seeing Red


For Valentine's, Crown Jewels presents "red" insulators found in the hobby.

The idea of a red glass insulator has captured the thoughts of collectors since the hobby began. When I was collecting in the 1960's, collectors wondered if a red insulator would ever be found. Even today, if you talk to ...                    [more]




The two half-glass, half-porcelain Fred M Locke insulators shown below represent a small portion of a brand new, major discovery of buried insulator treasure. 

The successful treasure sleuth is Denley Bryson of Meridian, California. 

Denley tells Crown Jewels, "At the Auburn, California bottle ...                    [more]

   A Magazine for Collectors

   Photos from "Crown Jewels of the Wire," February 2004

CJ In Color!

The following photos are from the February 2004 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]

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