Ashton Valve company

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Posted by Ashton on Friday, November 15, 2019 10:09 PM

most of the items the company produced could be repaired. Instruction Book #17 contained breakdowns and repair parts for most of them

 

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Posted by Ashton on Friday, November 22, 2019 11:12 PM

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.

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Posted by Ashton on Sunday, December 1, 2019 1:33 PM

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?

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Posted by Ashton on Sunday, December 15, 2019 7:54 PM

Although it wasn't among the most important product they produced(they rarely advertised whistles), Ashton Valve offered a number of them. Here are some catalog pages and some drawings.

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Posted by Ashton on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 1:38 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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Posted by Ashton on Monday, March 30, 2020 2:12 PM

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

https://www.thehenryford.org/collections-and-research/digital-collections/artifact/172160/

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Posted by Ashton on Monday, April 13, 2020 10:55 AM

n old advert from an 1894 periodical "Around the Lakes". It was put out by the Detroit Drydock Company , a ship building company from around the turn of the century. Here is some information about the company.Henry Ford worked there when he was 17.

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Posted by Ashton on Monday, April 13, 2020 11:00 AM
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Posted by Ashton on Monday, April 20, 2020 9:05 AM

Ashton marble or slate tablets.
An attractive way to display multiple gages on the wall of a boiler room. One of these was on ebay a few years ago. It weighed almost 500 pounds, being a large slab of 1" thick slate, and you had to pick it up.
Here's a description from the 1914 catalog. " These tablets, like those on the following pages, are some of the most attractive designs for gages, both as to neatness of appearance and economy of space. They can be furnished in any style of marble or slate desired, and the prices include the necessary acorn nuts and gage screws. Name plates and wall bolts are always extra."

 

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Posted by Ashton on Friday, April 24, 2020 9:42 AM

  Hinkley Locomotive Works was a Boston based locomotive manufacturing enterprise that goes back to 1831. Here's an interesting file about the company. Henry Ashton, the founder of Ashton Valve, found his first job there in 1869.

 

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Posted by Ashton on Friday, April 24, 2020 9:44 AM

In 1892 Ashton Valve purchased the Boston Steam Gauge company and entered the gauge production market. Here's a bit of information about the gauges Boston Steam Gauge produced.

 

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