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Pole Top Discoveries' Sale #2203 (Closed #561539)

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#2362         "Cochrane Bells."        Dark purple.

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#2362        PATD AUG 15 16.        Dark purple.

Exceptionally dark coloration for this type insulator!  The depth of color varies in these impressive suspension insulators.  A small number of nearly colorless examples have been discovered, as well as some light amethyst units.  The majority are found in a medium amethyst shade.  These darker units are much rarer, this being the darkest we've ever had the opportunity to offer.

Embossed on the top metal fitting.  The glass sections are unmarked.

Known as the “Cochrane Bells,” these large suspension insulators have been found primarily in Montana. They were patented by H. H. Cochrane of Butte, Montana. Six separate glass pieces are arranged on a wooden center pin with threads on either end. Cast metal fittings with interior threads fit on each end of the pin, holding the components securely in place.

Montana collector Ron Yuhas informs us this type insulator was used in more than one location in Montana. One line ran in the vicinity of Wickes, Montana to the Porphyry Dike Mine. Another line was in the vicinity of Virginia City, Montana. Both of those areas are south of Helena. Still another line, many miles to the north of Helena, used them as well.

Cochrane Bells have witnessed greatly heightened demand in recent time, with values escalating rapidly during the past couple years.

Shallow surface chip on the collar of one glass section extends downward from the top opening.  Another glass section has a flat flake on the base, only 1/2 the size of a pinkie nail.  Remainder of glass is excellent.  Wooden interior pin is a replacement.

Quite attractive in this rich shade of purple!!!!