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Price Realized:  $5,600
Original Micarta Suspension
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Item:Description: Original Micarta Suspension. This is one of just three original Micarta suspension strings known from a power line in the Trinity Alps of Northern California. By original, we mean intact and as-found. Not re-constructed by assembling parts from various other strings. The Micarta name refers to the composite material in the core that has insulating qualities. An engineer named Heny Byllesby created these around 1917. The aqua glass discs are believed to have been made at the Hemingray factory based on shards found there. So, if you want to own a Hemingray suspension insulator you’ll need one of these. According to a source with first-hand knowledge, none of the original strains are in mint condition. This one has small flakes / chips on three of the discs; one appears undamaged, and the bottom one… as can be seen in the pictures… has three large chips. This example has never been hung for display. In fact, it still has the “original” Trinity dirt and dust… having never been cleaned. These are smaller than many suspension insulators… measuring only two feet long. The glass discs are about 6.5 inches across. We’ll discuss options for shipping with the buyer. When they first entered the hobby, one of these reportedly sold for $10,000.
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,500  Open: $3,500
Price Realized:  $5,600