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 Post subject: Ashton Valve Company
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:58 pm 

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Hello, I've been researching the Ashton Valve Company which was started by my ancestor Henry Ashton back in 1871. His patented invention of a pop safety valve led to boilers of all kind being much safer. I'm posting a story I've been able to piece together from old trade journals.
If anyone using this forum has an Ashton Valve story to tell, please let me know. I'm always looking for new information.



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 Post subject: Re: Ashton Valve Company
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:46 am 

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Here are a few old adverts:

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/imag ... X_GSEY9QRZ

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/imag ... fruWORJMxw

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/imag ... ACCmZZHThA

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/imag ... _FiWBK3Vlk

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/imag ... H2VGLf-Qgg


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 Post subject: Re: Ashton Valve Company
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:44 am 

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Dear Rick,

According to the article linked below, the Smithsonian has a collection of steam safety valves from this time. The might have an example - and perhaps some archival materials as well-

https://issues.org/collective-forgettin ... al-crisis/

https://web.archive.org/web/20190829134 ... al-crisis/


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 Post subject: Re: Ashton Valve Company
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:20 am 

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Thanks Tom. I did order some copies of Ashton Valve correspondence from the Smithsonian a while back but I'll have to check to see if they have any Ashton Valve valves in their collection. If they don't, that issue could be rectified!


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 Post subject: Re: Ashton Valve Company
PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:28 pm 

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Here's an easy way to learn about the company....

https://www.google.com/search?q=ashton+ ... 20&bih=969


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 Post subject: Re: Ashton Valve Company
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:11 pm 

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Some old adverts.

https://www.steamlocomotive.com/applian ... onAds1.pdf

https://www.steamlocomotive.com/applian ... onAds2.pdf


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 Post subject: Re: Ashton Valve Company
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:17 pm 

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More history.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=187142


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 Post subject: Re: Ashton Valve Company
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:17 pm 

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And a page dedicated to gauges:



https://www.smokstak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=187144


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 Post subject: Re: Ashton Valve Company
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:38 pm 

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The company also produced steam gauges for many of the steam automobile companies including The Stanley Steamer, Winton Motor Carriage co, Pope-Toledo, the White company, and the Baker Steamer.

http://www.stanleymotorcarriage.com/Par ... Gauges.htm

https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=ht ... mrc&uact=8


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 Post subject: Re: Ashton Valve Company
PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:16 pm 

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A great site to check out some of the old Ashton Valve catalogs.

http://www.crosby-steam.com/Ashton_Modu ... logues.htm


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 Post subject: Re: Ashton Valve Company
PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:53 pm 

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I picked this up a while back. It's a vacuum gauge tester some one turned into a lamp. It is no longer a lamp!

https://www.auctionzip.com/auction-lot/ ... 0034E1CB61


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 Post subject: Re: Ashton Valve Company
PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:15 pm 

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Ashton gauges are very popular with the Steampunk movement.

https://machineagelamps.com/products/st ... l-lamp-130


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 Post subject: Re: Ashton Valve Company
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:29 pm 

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This page from a steam car site shows a chart that shows how many gauges the company produced by year from 1895 to 1922.


http://www.steamcar.net/gauge-specs.html


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 Post subject: Re: Ashton Valve Company
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:03 pm 

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Here is an article from 1911 talking about when the company moved from Boston to Cambridge.

https://cambridge.dlconsulting.com/cgi- ... xIN-------


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 Post subject: Re: Ashton Valve Company
PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:28 pm 

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A company that will be rebuild Ashton gages.



http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/6fd ... dab368/138


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