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Lightning Rod Balls
Collecting Antique Lightning Rod Balls
Lightning rod balls were used on the tops of lightning rods partly for decoration, but also as an indicator as to whether the lightning rod has been struck. If the lightning ball was found shattered on the ground then the homeowner can inspect the building for damage.
Antique lightning rod balls have become highly sought after by collectors. They were made in many shapes and colors.
Lightning rod balls such as the rare burgoon ball is prized by collectors.
Collectors love them for their history and unique colors and patterns. Some collect similar patterns, others similar colors. Whether you have one or twenty they always make for interesting conversation about where they came from.
History of the Lightning Rod Ball
Lightning Rod Ball Designs
Typically the lightning rod balls were made of ceramic or glass and were used as early as 1840. Their use declined during the Depression. Usually the balls are about 4 1/2 inches in diameter. Most of the balls were made from milk glass and were blue or white. Lightning rod balls often changed color after years of exposure to the sun so what was once a clear glass ball is now amethyst in color.
There are around 34 different styles and shapes. Some of them are smooth, while others have a quilted pattern or ribbed pattern on them. The shapes varied from round, oval, and doorknob shapes.
Other Sites About Lightning Rod Balls - Lightning Rod Ball Collectors
- Antique Lightning Rod Balls for Sale
From collector Bob Overfield, who sells, buys, and trades antique lightning rod glass balls, weathervanes, tips, and rods.
- Peachridge Glass
A short history of lighting rod balls.
- Lightning Ball Pictures
Some beautiful pictures of antique lightning rod glass balls.
- Antique Warehouse
A beautiful collection of lightning rod balls from the Antique Warehouse. The lightning balls are not for sale and are being held for preservation and historical value.
- Plain Patterned Lightning Rod Balls
A collection of plain patterned lightning rod glass balls.
- Pleated and Quilted Lightning Rod Balls
A collection of quilted and pleated lightning rod glass balls.