posted on December 13, 2001 05:19:55 PM new
11:40am December 13, 2001
I have had for 40 years a heavy purple glass object (used now as a paperweight!) which says
:"Patented Oct. 24, 1899, Jan. 30, 1900." Below that is "Adairack No. 3 James Adair
Pittsburg (sic) Pa."
It is about 3.5" long, an inch or so tall, an inch or more front to back. It has a sort of slot in the
middle of it (a v-shape, actually), and two small round indentations on each end of the long
sides. I found it many years ago in a classroom I took over from a dead teacher.
I've looked on google.com and find no one or company by that name and no mention of the object itself. I'd love to know more. . . .
Thanks in advance for any information you may have. ~Adele
posted on December 13, 2001 11:10:51 PM new
Mcjane: Can't post a picture until next week; our daughter just had her first baby--a boy--and we're leaving early in the morning to visit.
Sisbear: I had wondered whether it could be an insulator--it's about the length and width but is such a different shape, all rectangular and triangular, that I couldn't imagine that would be the case. And "Adairack" sounds as though a rack of some sort is involved. What's odd to me is that Google.com turned up nothing at all on the guy or the item.
Next week I'll try to get a couple of pictures to post. Thanks for trying!
posted on December 14, 2001 07:55:42 AM new
Hi, all! We're off on a car trip in 5 minutes but I wanted to comment on the last two suggestions. My thought was a business-card holder, too, but the "V" isn't deep enough. And the indentations you mentioned are on the vertical side edges, not the top.
I know, I know--picture coming as soon as we return! That'll help a lot. Still looking for the company, to see if "Adairack" rings any bells. Thanks loads! Adele
posted on December 14, 2001 09:15:44 AM new
In 1890, James Adair patented a new amusement device which consisted of an electrically propelled vehicle to be operated in an enclosure having a metal floor and electrically charged ceilings, and capable of being steered in all directions by the rider.
Perhaps this is a part of the ride...an insulator?
posted on December 20, 2001 10:26:07 AM new
Libra63: Ho. Ly. Cow! Thank you *so much* for spotting that auction. That is exactly what I have, but mine is that gorgeous old-glass purple.
I noticed he listed it under paperweights/desktop items. Didn't sell. I think I'll try it in the glass insulator category--and/or is there one you'd recommend? It's obviously USED for a paperweight but I'm jsut sure it wasn't one to begin with.