Matt Weldon

Matt Weldon

Posted on 07/18/2013


Photo taken on January  8, 2013


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Display of my Glass Power Insulators

Display of my Glass Power Insulators
This is a display cabinet of my glass pintype power insulators. These insulators were used for high voltage distribution and are the largest and heaviest glass pintype insulators produced in North America. Take insulator CD 331 which is 15" wide and 11" high and weighs in at 38 lbs, which makes it the largest and heaviest glass pintype insulator produced in North America. This Pyrex insulator was produced by the Corning Glass Works in Corning, New York in the 1930's and supported voltages of 70,000 volts. One of the more unique insulators which is really not a power insulator is the CD 317 Chambers Lightning Rod Insulator. This insulator was produced by the Hemingray Glass Company in Covington, Kentucky from c1877-1880's which were used on lightning rod systems.

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22 comments - The latest ones
David Dahle
David Dahle
Some of these sure would have been neat to see in the air!

The only one that kinda stands out is that Chambers - since it was more for lightning protection than power. :)
4 years ago.
Matt Weldon has replied to David Dahle
Thanks for pointing that out about the Chambers! I added that info to my caption.
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Power Lines
Power Lines
That's a nice collection you have there! Those 70kV-class Pyrex Insulators sure are big, aren't they? If I recall, there were some in use in the state of Washington.
4 years ago.
Matt Weldon has replied to Power Lines
Thanks! You are right, a lot of the CD 331s were used around the Walla Walla and Dayton, Washington area and throughout the southeastern part of the state. Also used in Oregon and in smaller numbers in Montana.
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Tony Glen has replied to Matt Weldon
Isn't it The Dalles, OR?
3 years ago.
Matt Weldon has replied to Tony Glen
If you look at my photo of the CD 331 insulator I explain where they were use.
Yes, they were used in service at the Dalles & Pendleton, Oregon area. Also used in some eastern states.
3 years ago.
Tony Glen
Tony Glen
i love your clear pyrex stacker!
4 years ago.
Matt Weldon has replied to Tony Glen
Thanks!
4 years ago.
Qwerty Cody
Qwerty Cody
Awesome collection!
4 years ago.
Tony Glen
Tony Glen
did you build this light box or did you buy it?
4 years ago.
Matt Weldon has replied to Tony Glen
I built this one but my dad was a woodworker, so I was bless to have high quality cabinets made by him. This cabinet was actually made out of cheap veneer birch wood that was varnished. It stands from the floor all the way to my ceiling in my basement.
4 years ago.
Tony Glen has replied to Matt Weldon
I am thinking about building one since I am low on space and want something neat for mine. How much would you think it would be for all the materials?
4 years ago.
Matt Weldon has replied to Tony Glen
I really can't give you a definite answer to that. It depends on what kind of wood you use, how big the cabinet is, the lighting, etc. Also, I made and had my cabinets made a long time ago.
4 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Tony Glen
Tony Glen
Do you only have Pyrex in Carnival Glass or do you collect clear too?
4 years ago.
Matt Weldon has replied to Tony Glen
Since power insulators take up so much room I only go for the carnival glass over the clear. However, if I were to find a clear one than I would keep it for my collection. A lot of these insulators I bought or traded so many years ago when they were so much cheaper.
4 years ago.
Tony Glen
Tony Glen
I know about the CD 320 and 327 but what are the other carnival pieces?
3 years ago.
Matt Weldon
Matt Weldon
Top row right - CD 327 Pyrex # 441,
2nd row down left - CD 326 Pyrex # 453, 2nd row down right - CD 324 Pyrex # 353
3rd row down left - CD323 Pyrex # 271, 3rd row down right CD 322 Pyrex # 233.

I am missing the CD 325 Pyrex # 401 to complete the series.
The CD 328.2 Pyrex # 553 is to rare and to high price to get.
3 years ago.
Tony Glen has replied to Matt Weldon
I always thought the 328.2 looked cool. I just got a clear CD 325 in the mail about a week and a half ago.
3 years ago.
Matt Weldon has replied to Tony Glen
Yeah...The CD 328.2 are really neat, however, I've never seen one in any color in person.
3 years ago.
David Dahle has replied to Matt Weldon
Don't forget the CD 330 which is another very tough one.
2 years ago.
Matt Weldon has replied to David Dahle
Yeah...I think I've seen the CD 330 once a long time ago with a power display.
At the Sandwich National I finally got a CD 325 Pyrex 401 to complete the carnival series except for the CD 328.2. The CD 328 is also a tough one.
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.