RailForum.com
TrainWeb.com

RAILforum Post New Topic  Post A Reply
my profile | directory login | register | search | faq | forum home

  next oldest topic   next newest topic
» RAILforum » General Forums » Railroad News » Ashton Valve company (Page 1)

  This topic comprises 2 pages: 1  2   
Author Topic: Ashton Valve company
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
In 1871 my ancestor Henry Ashton started the Ashton Valve Company after inventing the POP SAFETY VALVE. It was an immediate success and saved many lives due to the boiler explosion problems of the mid 1800's. Railroads were the main focus of the company although they also supplied all types of steam related parts for Locomotives, marine ships, and stationary boilers.
Here's a simple history of the company.

https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Ashton_Valve_Co

And a little history about Henry Ashton.

https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Henry_George_Ashton

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Information on the pop safety valve. The item that put the company on the map.


https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/images/1/1b/Im20180530RB-AshtonPatent.jpg

https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/2a/8b/81/b5be4dcdbd30eb/US123546.pdf

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=342442&d=1566957540

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
They advertised heavily in the trade journals of the time.

https://www.steamlocomotive.com/appliances/ashtonAds1.pdf

https://www.steamlocomotive.com/appliances/ashtonAds2.pdf

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
In 1892 the company purchased the Boston Steam Gauge company and entered the gauge business. Soon their gauges became as well know for their quality as the safety valves were. Today, the old gauges go for decent money on ebay and have been adopted by the Steampunk movement to make lamps and other industrial items.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/#lg=post-1600187&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/#lg=post-1600187&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/#lg=post-1600187&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/#lg=post-1600187&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1601624&slide=2

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1613972&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1613972&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1613972&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1613972&slide=0

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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-economy/defense-plant-corporation-dpc/

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/#lg=post-1591416&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/#lg=post-1591416&slide=1

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Some of the key people involved with the company.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/#lg=post-1597788&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/#lg=post-1597788&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/#lg=post-1597788&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/#lg=post-1597788&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/#lg=post-1597788&slide=4

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/#lg=post-1597788&slide=5

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
At a Yankee Steam Up a couple of years ago someone gave me an original stock certificate from 1877.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1613082&slide=0

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
A list has survived which shows the serial numbers of gauges from 1895-1922 and the quantities of gauges produced per year.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/the-ashton-gauge-page.187144/page-3#lg=post-1614632&slide=0

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
A few of the gauges in my collection.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/the-ashton-gauge-page.187144/#lg=post-1577788&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/the-ashton-gauge-page.187144/#lg=post-1577788&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/the-ashton-gauge-page.187144/#lg=post-1577788&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/the-ashton-gauge-page.187144/#lg=post-1577954&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/the-ashton-gauge-page.187144/#lg=post-1577954&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/the-ashton-gauge-page.187144/#lg=post-1577954&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/the-ashton-gauge-page.187144/page-2#lg=post-1597986&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/the-ashton-gauge-page.187144/page-2#lg=post-1602857&slide=0

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Association member photos. Many of the Ashton Valve executives and sales force belonged to industry groups.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1615193&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1615193&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1615193&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1615193&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1615193&slide=4

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1615193&slide=5

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Gilbert B Norman
Full Member
Member # 1541

Member Rated:
4
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Gilbert B Norman     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Wow, how times have changed:

1) Corporations with their product in their names.

2) The railroad tradition of two initials and surname to identify someone.

3) Not a gal in sight.

Posts: 9591 | From: Clarendon Hills, IL USA (BNSF Chicago Sub MP 18.71) | Registered: Apr 2002  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
How true! Not a woman in sight. Yet, their conventions had some of the wives organizing women's events and occasional day trips for couples. My great grandfather actually brought his mother to a convention and Henry Ashton,(the founder), brought his wife to one convention for years. When he passed away at 49 years old she attended the convention anyway.
Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
They also had Engine room and marine clocks. They produced the body and the works were supplied by companies like Chelsea, Seth Thomas, and Howard.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/#lg=post-1579461&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1606156&slide=0

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
In the 1896 catalog there are a few items that were not produced by Ashton Valve but are related to the industry. Here are pages of a few of them.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1617985&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1617985&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1617985&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1617985&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1617985&slide=4

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1617985&slide=5

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Gilbert B Norman
Full Member
Member # 1541

Member Rated:
4
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Gilbert B Norman     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Interesting to learn, Mr. Ashton, that the Company marketed clocks, and possibly other instruments such as barometers, under their own name.

Chelsea of course marketed marine instruments under own name as well.

Of interest, my Father first acquired a Chelsea Clock and Barometer during '53. He used them on three different boats through '91. Today those pieces are in my Sister's house in Greenwich - and are still chiming "Eight Bells".

Posts: 9591 | From: Clarendon Hills, IL USA (BNSF Chicago Sub MP 18.71) | Registered: Apr 2002  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
That's great. The Chelsea clock company is still going strong in Chelsea Mass. They recently downsized a bit and moved to a smaller facility nearby. My clock is in perfect working order although my family has told me it's way too loud. The ticking drives them crazy! To be honest, it is very loud.
Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Gilbert B Norman
Full Member
Member # 1541

Member Rated:
4
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Gilbert B Norman     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I must wonder how many of our "landlubbers" around here know the significance of "eight bells"? I doubt if I would, had I not grown up in a nautical family.

GBN;
Cadet; Fairfield Navy (Ret.)

Posts: 9591 | From: Clarendon Hills, IL USA (BNSF Chicago Sub MP 18.71) | Registered: Apr 2002  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I know it has something to do with the end of a watch, but I'm not sure of any details. Can you explain how it started?
Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ashton safety valve circular #56A

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618357&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618357&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618357&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618357&slide=3

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ashton pop safety valve circular C2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618527&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618527&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618527&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618527&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618527&slide=4

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618527&slide=5

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618528&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618528&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618528&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618528&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618528&slide=4

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618528&slide=5

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Train Shed Encyclopedia #40. A reprint from 1927

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618534&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618534&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618534&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618534&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1618534&slide=4

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
most of the items the company produced could be repaired. Instruction Book #17 contained breakdowns and repair parts for most of them


https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620635&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620635&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620635&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620635&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620635&slide=4

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620635&slide=5

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620636&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620636&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620636&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620636&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620636&slide=4

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620636&slide=5

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620637&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620637&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620637&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620637&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620637&slide=4

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620637&slide=5

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620639&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620639&slide=1


https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620639&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620639&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620639&slide=4

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The company's phone number in 1890 and telegraphic code in London from 1899

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620650&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1620650&slide=1

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
In the past when steam trains let off excess steam at a station the noise could be extremely loud. The city of Boston looked into this problem as the complaints mounted up. Ashton Valve came up with a solution that proved very popular with the Train companies. A muffler! Same idea as on automobiles. And the blow back valves actually saved steam that used to be wasted.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1621511&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1621511&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1621511&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1621511&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1621511&slide=4

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1621511&slide=5

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The state of Massachusetts looked into the noise problem of steam locomotives and here's a copy of a report.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1621513&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1621513&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1621513&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1621513&slide=4

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1621513&slide=0

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The Ashton catalogs not only had new products and the regular offerings but always a firm statement of the company's purpose and intent. They make for interesting reading.
Here's the 1896 catalog.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1622623&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1622623&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1622623&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1622623&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1622623&slide=4

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-3#lg=post-1622623&slide=5

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The 1906 catalog

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-4#lg=post-1622625&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-4#lg=post-1622625&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-4#lg=post-1622625&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-4#lg=post-1622625&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-4#lg=post-1622625&slide=4

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-4#lg=post-1622625&slide=5

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The 1920 catalog.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-4#lg=post-1622628&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-4#lg=post-1622628&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-4#lg=post-1622628&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-4#lg=post-1622628&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-4#lg=post-1622628&slide=4

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-4#lg=post-1622628&slide=5

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
And catalog 28.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-4#lg=post-1622629&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-4#lg=post-1622629&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-4#lg=post-1622629&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-4#lg=post-1622629&slide=4

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-4#lg=post-1622629&slide=5

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ashton patent steam gage.
Ashton Valve bought out the Boston Steam Gauge company in 1892 and entered the gauge market.
They immediately offered their own Ashton patent steam gage. The 1896 catalog page says the item was patented in 1891, a year before they even purchased the Boston Steam Gauge company, who they purchased for a particular patent BSG owned. I wonder if it's the same patent?

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/the-ashton-gauge-page.187144/page-3#lg=post-1622388&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/the-ashton-gauge-page.187144/page-3#lg=post-1622388&slide=1

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Mullens Paper Tester
Ever wonder how the strength of paper or textile material is figured? In 1877 B.F. Perkins invented the Mullens Paper Tester. The gauge,(many of which were produced by Ashton Valve) would read the pressure at which the paper burst. These machines are still produced today.

https://books.google.com/books?id=JL...page&q&f=false

https://books.google.com/books?id=4B...page&q&f=false

https://www.mullentesters.com/testers.html

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1602438&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1602438&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1602438&slide=2

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The ideal alarm gauge was another practical item that could come in handy if the boiler room mechanic happened to fall asleep! When the pressure went too high, a loud alarm would go off.

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1601624&slide=0

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1601624&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1601624&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1601624&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1601624&slide=4

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1601624&slide=5

http://railroadfan.com/phpbb/download/file.php?id=3138&mode=view

http://railroadfan.com/phpbb/download/file.php?id=3140&mode=view

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ashton Valve sanitary bubbler

At the beginning of the 20th century people refreshed themselves at public fountains and all drank from the same COMMON CUP, as it was called. Well, sickness and death soon followed and Ashton Valve soon had their line of bubblers on the market.


https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1608803&slide=0


https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1608803&slide=1

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1608803&slide=2

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1608803&slide=3

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1608803&slide=4

https://www.smokstak.com/forum/threads/ashton-valve-company.187142/page-2#lg=post-1608803&slide=5

An article from the 1911 Metal Worker journal..

http://railroadfan.com/phpbb/download/file.php?id=3149&mode=view

http://railroadfan.com/phpbb/download/file.php?id=3148&mode=view

http://railroadfan.com/phpbb/download/file.php?id=3147&mode=view

http://railroadfan.com/phpbb/download/file.php?id=3152&mode=view

http://railroadfan.com/phpbb/download/file.php?id=3151&mode=view

http://railroadfan.com/phpbb/download/file.php?id=3150&mode=view

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
An early form of a pressure gauge was a U shaped gauge. Here's a picture

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-3#lg=attachment91260&slide=0


http://railroadfan.com/phpbb/download/file.php?id=3169&mode=view

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Patents for steam whistles.

https://patents.google.com/patent/US14562A/en?q=steam&q=whistle&q=patents&oq=+steam+whistle+++patents&page=3

https://patents.google.com/patent/US4541A/en?q=steam&q=whistle&q=patents&oq=+steam+whistle+++patents&page=5

https://patents.google.com/patent/USRE621E/en?q=steam&q=whistle&q=patents&oq=+steam+whistle+++patents&page=6

And more:
https://patents.google.com/?q=steam&q=whistle&q=patents&oq=+steam+whistle+++patents

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Trade shows have been around for a long long time. They are still the best way to show new product, connect with ones customers, and check out your competition. Almost everyone has been to a flower show, travel show, steam shows, etc. The Ashton Valve company participated in many shows each year. And a few World Fairs too. Here is an overview of some of the shows the Ashton Valve company were part of.

https://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/promo-university/history-of-trade-shows.htm

https://www.applerock.com/blog/post/history-trade-show-industry-first-trade-show

Most shows were held yearly at different cities. Below is a small list of some of the trade shows Ashton Valve attended.
Mass charitable mechanic association, Boston 1874
cincinnati Industrial expo 1881
national expo of railway appliances , chicago 1883
International maritime expo ,Boston 1889
Columbian Expo (world's fair) Chicago 1893
Paris expo, France 1900
Supply mens association convention, Boston 1902
Universal Expo (worlds fair) St. Louis 1904
National association of stationary engineers, Richmond 1904
International railway congress 1905
National engineer convention, Niagra Falls 1907
Air brake association convention 1917
International Textile expo Boston 1921
National exhibition of power and mechanical engineering, NYC 1922

The list goes on and on.... Next I'll highlight some of the shows that I was able to get pictures of Ashton Valve display booths or awards they received.

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91325&slide=0

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91326&slide=0

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91327&slide=0

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The International maritime exposition, Boston,Ma 1889

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91328&slide=0

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91329&slide=0

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91330&slide=0

Mass Fair National Export Exhibition 1892

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91331&slide=0

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91332&slide=0

Cincinnati 1881

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91333&slide=0

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91334&slide=0

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
1893 World Columbian Expo (worlds fair) Chicago

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91335&slide=0

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91336&slide=0

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91337&slide=0

1899 National export expo Philadelphia, Pa.

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91338&slide=0

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91339&slide=0

Paris 1900, the company won a few awards at this one.

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91340&slide=0

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91341&slide=0

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91342&slide=0

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?attachments/1900-paris-6-jpg.91343/

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?attachments/1900-paris-7-jpg.91344/

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?attachments/1900-paris-8-jpg.91345/

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Rick A
Full Member
Member # 197721

Rate Member
Icon 1 posted      Profile for Rick A     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
1902 National Association of Stationary Engineers Boston,Ma.


http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91346&slide=0

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91347&slide=0

1904 St Louis World's Fair

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?attachments/1904-st-louis-1-jpg.91348/

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/ashton-valve-company.14362/page-4#lg=attachment91349&slide=0

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?attachments/1904-st-louis-4-jpg.91350/

http://www.railroadforums.com/forum/index.php?attachments/1904-st-louis-5-jpg.91351/

Posts: 115 | From: Massachusetts | Registered: Oct 2019  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
  This topic comprises 2 pages: 1  2   

Quick Reply
Message:

HTML is not enabled.
UBB Code™ is enabled.

Instant Graemlins
   


Post New Topic  Post A Reply Close Topic   Feature Topic   Move Topic   Delete Topic next oldest topic   next newest topic
 - Printer-friendly view of this topic
Hop To:


Contact Us | Home Page

Powered by Infopop Corporation
UBB.classic™ 6.7.2




Copyright © 2007-2016 TrainWeb, Inc. Top of Page|TrainWeb|About Us|Advertise With Us|Contact Us