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.

Rodefer Glass Co.
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.