Oct 22, 2019
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.
First up, the 1896 catalog.
The 1906 catalog.
The 1920 catalog.
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.
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.
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 sanitary bubblers on the market.
Here is an article from the 1911 METAL WORKER journal.
The information on the Ashton bubblers.
The company also produced steam whistles for the Railroad, marine, and boilerindustries.
An early form of a pressure gauge was a U shaped gauge. Here's a picture.
Patents for steam whistles.
The above article on "historic gauges" mentions the Utica gauge. Here is more information on this gauge.
A few articles about safety valves. 1901 and 1913.
And one from 1909.
Ashton ammonia diffuser
In the early days of refrigeration, ammonia gas was given off and people living close to the plants were getting sick and dying from the fumes. Ashton Valve came up with a gauge, diffuser, and relief valve that helped to make the air around these plants safer.
And the Mass laws pertaining to ammonia and it's dangers.
I'm re-posting the company history as the previous link has become invalid.
Another RR item, the Ashton Wheel Press recording gauge.
Wheel Recording gauge #2