Ashton Valve Company

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Rick a
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Fri May 01, 2020 11:44 am

A few mechanical drawings and another gauge from my collection.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Sun May 03, 2020 6:47 am

At a steam show a few years back I was given an original stock certificate from 1877. I recently picked up an invoice from 1888.
I'm also posting the Ashton gage production chart that tracks the serial numbers and the years the gauges were produced from 1895 to 1922. And finally a chart showing the various gage logos used over the years.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Chris Paulsen » Tue May 05, 2020 7:02 am

Absolutely fascinating stuff! Congratulations and thank you for preserving not only your family's history, but for preserving history. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Tue May 05, 2020 10:21 am

Steam whistles were also produced by the company for marine ships, Locomotives, stationary boilers,and factory rooftops. These are from the 1906 catalog.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Tue May 05, 2020 10:24 am

By the 1920 catalog they had added a few more styles.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Tue May 05, 2020 10:26 am

Here are some mechanical drawings of the steam whistles Ashton offered.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Tue May 05, 2020 10:27 am

Locomotive Appliances article from 1919.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Tue May 05, 2020 10:29 am

The last two pages of the steam whistle article.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Tue May 05, 2020 10:30 am

The locomotive up to date. An article from 1921
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Tue May 05, 2020 10:34 am

last page of the 1921 article. The book cover is from the "bible" of steam whistle books. Anybody on this site a collector?
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Fri May 08, 2020 7:52 am

The company's first "home" was at 138 Pearls Street, Boston. In less than a year they were burned out by the Great Boston fire of 1872. The next few years they were at various locations in Boston. After another fire in 1879 they settled in at 271 Franklin Street, Boston where they remained for 27 years. 1907 saw the company outgrowing Franklin Street and building a much larger facility at 161 First Street, East Cambridge, where they were until 1948 when they moves to Wrentham ,Ma with the Crosby Valve Company. That was the final home of Ashton Valve
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Mon May 11, 2020 7:14 am

Repair parts and testing equipment was available for most of the products. Test gauges to check the accuracy of many of the gauges and repair parts for a lot of their products. The company even offered a repair service for their items and once in a while you can find an inscription on the dial face that states "repaired by Ashton Valve".
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Mon May 11, 2020 7:17 am

Catalog #28 listed a few of the repair parts for valves and gauges.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Mon May 11, 2020 7:18 am

Instruction book #17 contained parts breakdowns for many of the items they produced.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Mon May 11, 2020 7:21 am

More safety valve breakdowns from the #17 manual.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Mon May 11, 2020 7:22 am

#17 also had parts for many of the gauges the company offered.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Mon May 11, 2020 7:24 am

A few more "pages on the gauges" and a piece from my collection mentioned in the #17 manual.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Mon May 11, 2020 7:40 pm

A gauge and tester article from the 1908 Handbook for the Care and Operation of Naval Machinery
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Mon May 11, 2020 7:42 pm

Hand book pages 5 - 7.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Tue May 12, 2020 10:33 am

Here are some of the vintage publications I found Ashton Valve references in. They are great browsing material and usually can be found in their entirety on google books or archive.org
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