Ashton Valve Company

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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Tue May 12, 2020 10:36 am

Here are some others.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Sun May 17, 2020 6:18 am

Gauge testers were available in a couple of different styles.
The Dead Weight tester, which are still used to this day, was one of the most popular for accuracy.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Sun May 17, 2020 6:22 am

More information about the Dead weight tester.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Sun May 24, 2020 6:56 am

They also offered a few gage testers in different styles.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Sun May 24, 2020 6:59 am

Here are a few other styles of testers.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:10 am

Ashton Valve and WWII.
Many factories were purchased by the War Department during WWII and used to manufactures materials for the war effort. The Ashton Valve company was one of those. The continued to make gauges and safety valves, but now exclusively for Naval ships.

The Defense Plant Corporation was the branch of the government assigned to this task. Here's a link to more information about them and a couple of letters that show the Ashton Valve's involvement.

http://what-when-how.com/the-american-e ... ation-dpc/

World War II brought major changes to Ashton Valve and the company ceased to be a family run business. In 1942
the Defense Plant Corporation bought the company and merged it with the Crosby Valve company. The US
government had set up the Defense Plant Corporation to help with the War effort by purchasing factories to supply
the military. Ashton and Crosby produced safety valves and gauges for the duration of the war. The business was run
out of the Ashton building in Cambridge. When the war ended in 1945, Ashton Valve was sold to Dewey Stone, who
owned a number of companies including Converse rubber. Stone also purchased Crosby Valve in 1946 and in 1948
the to companies were moved to the old Winter Brothers tap and die facility in Wrentham Ma. The last gauges with
the Ashton Valve name were produced in 1978. The Wrentham building was torn down in 2012 and Crosby still
produces safety valves under the Emerson brand.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:32 am

The company had many patents over the years. Here are a few of them.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:33 am

A few more patents.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:34 am

And a couple more.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:37 am

And a few more of the old patents.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:56 pm

An interesting sales letter from 1897. It looks like a form letter with the address of the company being approached typed in at a later date
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:35 am

It's time to meet some of the company's employees.

Henry Ashton, founder of the company(first 2 pictures, with full beard)

Albert C Ashton Henry's oldest son who took over running the business after Henry's passing in 1895.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:38 am

Harry Ashton (first 3 pics) Another son of Henry, he started out in sales but after Albert died moved into administration also.

Columbus Dill He was in the sales department and according to many journal reports he was a real character.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:41 am

Fred Casey A vice president and long serving employee

J.R. Motherwell Another VP of the company.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:44 am

Frank Corbert Another sales associate who, according to journal reports was an excellent singer!

W.H. Foster In sales also.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:46 am

The Trade journals of the day often featured various sales people at conventions and meetings and the attachments below are great caricatures of some of them.

The last picture shows two Ashton employees participating in a baseball game at one of the conventions. Taken in 1909.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by hcca » Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:47 pm

Thanks for sharing. I've enjoyed reading your post and looking at / thinking about the documentation and workings several times.

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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Chris Paulsen » Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:26 pm

This is absolutely incredible information! Thank you so much for sharing it!

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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:19 pm

Thank you for your interest. I've been fortunate to find so much information online about the company. And I'm sure there is a lot I haven't come across yet!

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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:47 pm

In 1900 The US was negotiating trade treaties with other countries, including France, to reduce the tariffs and sell more US goods overseas. Many US firms contacted the President, McKinley, to express their support for a new treaty. Ashton Valve was one of them.
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