Vulcanite telephone wire insulators, 1850-1870

Made:
1850-1870 in United Kingdom
maker:
Unknown

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Six vulcanite insulators for telegraph wires mounted on short pole, unknown maker, probably British, 1850-1870.

These six vulcanite telegraph wire insulators of various patterns date from the 19th century. Although vulcanite, a preparation of rubber, was an expensive material, it was considered to be more economical than earthenware insulators in areas where stone-throwing was popular.

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Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1860-61
Materials:
vulcanite and wood (unidentified)
type:
telephone line insulator
taxonomy:
  • control and communications
credit:
From S W Silver

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