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WE OFFER MORE GLASS LIGHTNING ROD BALLS THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THE USA!

Our products are the top-of-the line, highest quality available today, at incredibly low prices. In most cases, our products are made on original tooling.

Prices range from $15 - $55

Note: All New Old Products' Glass Balls come with two new copper caps attached and aluminum caps may be substituted at the same price, if requested. Balls for 5/8" rods can be supplied with either copper or aluminum caps to fit 1/2" rods, if requested.


Usually the first thing most people think of when restoring antique lightning rods are the glass balls. Historically, lightning rod balls have been available in several different colors, with opaque white being the most common one. One color has always been (and still is) more expensive than the others: Red. Historically, gold (yes, gold!) was used to create the beautiful ruby red colors. Today, expensive chemicals are used instead.

If you have clear, light purple or amber glass balls, they most likely started out as silver or gold. They originally had a “mirror” plating on the inside, with a iron tube running top to bottom of the ball. The purpose of the tube was to try to seal the ball to prevent the mirror plating from being washed out by weather. Over time, the tube rusted away and the mirror plating washed out. The light purple color is caused by manganese (used prior to WW1) in the glass reacting with sunlight. Collectors call this color “SCA” for Sun Colored Amethyst. New Old Products now stocks this color.

Matching existing lightning rod balls is VERY difficult to do. Interestingly, this is not a new phenomenon. Lightning rod balls slightly vary in color from batch to batch, and always have, because they are blown by hand. This means that even when originally installed, if an installer ran out of balls, his next batch may be a slightly different shade. Add to that the fact that sunlight can change the chemical make-up (and hence color) of a ball over many years, the probability of being able to match exactly existing balls is very low, at best. If you must have all balls match, it is best to replace all of the old ones with a complete set of new ones. Even in the “old days” some people chose to have different color balls on the same structure! For example, it is very unusual to see a building with all red balls. Typically people would only put up one red one (due to the cost of red balls), and have the others a different color.
 

New Old Products, Inc.     Kokomo, IN