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Offline dinklepip

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Re: 2 very strange unknown objects
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2010, 04:44:10 PM »
100% sure these are vault lights ("pavement lights" for the Brits), but don't know who H&W is.  Are you positive that's the embossing?  The "H" is clear enough in your pic, but I can't make out the rest.  "58C" is like a Hayward Brothers (& Eckstein) style number, but these pattern lenses are not listed in their ca1900 catalogue (I see lense numbers like "53C" and "51G" there).

Haven't seen these exact patterns before-- the round one is a fairly common shape in general, but not with the raised grid on top (to make them grippier for shoes-- otherwise they are Slippery When Wet).  The square one is a style that's designed to have as much glass exposed on the bottom of the panel as possible-- hopefully all glass-- the better to transmit more light.

Do you like insulators?  Trade you!!!

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WOW I can't believe anyone manage to ID these, I thought I would you ALL stumped.......I will get you all one day  :24: :24:

yes most definitely H with 58C in the centre then a W on the right.

Actually I do have some cream porcelain insulators, was told they are BT ones

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Re: 2 very strange unknown objects
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2010, 06:49:22 PM »
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WOW I can't believe anyone manage to ID these, I thought I would you ALL stumped.......I will get you all one day  ROFL ROFL

Pavement lights are interesting because so many were simply thrown away and lost.  Now they're a kind of dying breed of historical glass architecture, which is why we like'em!  Thanks for popping by here Ian.  :) :hi:


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Re: 2 very strange unknown objects
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2010, 07:48:17 PM »
yes most definitely H with 58C in the centre then a W on the right.

Actually I do have some cream porcelain insulators, was told they are BT ones

HW, well I'm stumped on that one-- so it's a new maker apparently.  Thought I knew all the big ones.  Maybe they were little fish?  Who knows?  It's not that unusual for me to find glass made buy yet another vault light company.   Vault lights were huge for a time and lots of people made them....

In the UK, glass insulators were tried very early, but they quickly switched to porcelain and it's been all "mud" ever since.

You're presumably more interested in glass?  I have lots of glass insulators for trade.  If you haven't seen what they look like, check out this gallery of colored glass insulators for starters...

--ian

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