Great Finds: Glass Lightning Rod Balls Found Tucked Away in the Barn
Minnesota couple who are long-time collectors of old farm-related items stumble upon a great find: A collection of lightning rod balls for barn cupolas.
The salesman’s trunk with its trove of letters and documents.
Original stencil on the end of the shipping crate, indicates shipment by Rodefer Glass Co. to Allentown (Pa.) Cable & Machine Co. Rodefer was among the leading American glass manufacturers of its time. Based in Bellaire, Ohio, the company was founded in 1869 at National Glass Works. It remained in operation for 105 years at the same site.
A white glass ball in its original packing material.
The original crate and its contents, including white glass balls and silvered balls. Documents found online note the existence of a “mold shop and silvering department” at Rodefer Glass Co. as early as 1885.