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Ashton Valve Co Steam Gauge Tester


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Old 02-18-2015, 11:54:08 PM
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I'm hoping someone will have some info on this Ashton dead weight tester. Serial no. 325 has original iron box weights and fittings. Is there somewhere I can try and find records of where this was sold or to what company? Let me know what ya think. Thanks
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:59:41 PM
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Forgot to mention it has a brass tsg Ashton valve company Boston Massachusetts and it is solid brass with Nickel plating
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Old 02-19-2015, 02:19:40 AM
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Not sure what you are asking for. Ashton was the manufacture. Would have been sold by any company who sold gauges and accessories. Purpose was calibration of gauges. In use gauge is connected to open port. Weights on stand push against piston in ratio to piston size. Pressure is increased by screw pump until weights float free. (give platform a gentle spin as you screw up pressure.) Read pressure on gauge and adjust as needed in comparison to weight/ratio. In some cases gauge needle is removed and replaced at propper reading. Other gauges had zero and span adjustments.

A very useful device when needed, but mostly a wall decoration in between. New ones cost over a thousand dollars, but older models like yours can be found fairly cheap.
It it works use it. They are inherently accurate as long as weights haven't rusted enough to offset accuracy.
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Here's some info in an old add: https://books.google.com/books?id=ki...tester&f=false
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Old 02-19-2015, 08:22:16 AM
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I would like to find one fairly cheap complete and working with the weights in the box. Well then cheep is a relative term. I dont consider $500 cheap. But sure missing weights and other issues, can get you down in the cheep range fast. This is avery desirable instrument for the steam engineer or person.

An indicator might often live it life time at a certain site with a specific engine and that is can be an interesting provenance. This type of instrument would more often be in a shop or facility that supported a large number of boilers. You might determine the year or manufacture. And you did say you wanted to know where is was sold from and not to? Maybe?

As for sales records there is a chance. Maybe you will never know who the initial buyer was. I will send you a (greesyjessy) a private message with name and contact info for person, I believe he has the company records. Definitely no promise. You could get lucky.

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Greasy,

I sent an email. That is the email you provided when you registered. Please let me know if you got that. I know sometimes we make up bogus/temp emails for website registration purposes. If needed I can use private message.

I hope this helps.
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A very useful device when needed, but mostly a wall decoration in between.
Still, like Steam Indicators (No 1) and Planimeters (No. 2) and Revolution Counters (No. 4) among the MUST HAVE for any steam engineer.

Well, at least a 19th century steam engineer.

Funny, I have made a 20th and 21st century career of steam and have not used ANY of these devices in my work.

I think we've lost something along the way.

BILGEWATER on computer aided engineering.

Sorry. Channeling my inner Marmaduke.



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Joe K , I suppose you don't wear stripped coveralls or hat either!
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Joe K , I suppose you don't wear stripped coveralls or hat either!
No and Dad (another steam engineer) used to smoke a cigar - but didn't wear a plug bowler.

But I have the hat and overalls - waiting. Maybe these are No. 5 and No. 6 of the must have?

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Is there somewhere I can try and find records of where this was sold or to what company?
Back to the original topic.

Ashton was absorbed into the Crosby Steam Gauge and Valve Company, and all records were destroyed many years ago.

Star Brass Mfg. Co. was also absorbed into the Crosby family. All three were based in Boston, MA.

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Back to the original topic.

Ashton was absorbed into the Crosby Steam Gauge and Valve Company, and all records were destroyed many years ago.

Star Brass Mfg. Co. was also absorbed into the Crosby family. All three were based in Boston, MA.

David

Actually, a little more on this (and to add to that from Peter above)

Crosby Steam records and documentation are available. Catch Craig Bliss's site http://www.crosby-steam.com/

He can be talked to directly with a phone call or Email (see the site) and likely he has records of your instrument.

Craig is one of the premier "keepers" of the flame.

I need to talk to him to get drawing copies of the little square metal bottle used to catch the oil under the Crosby Deadweight Tester. Mine is missing the bottle.



Not shown but goes below the petcock handle.

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I thank you for the insight and for the link to old advertising much appreciated
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Crosby Steam records and documentation are available. Catch Craig Bliss's site http://www.crosby-steam.com/
Now the cat is out of the bag! ha ha, I did not have a link to that site and I am surprised his phone is there. My email has a know good phone, FWIW.

An added note, although his maybe on that website and mention in the last post. All the blueprints for Crosby whistles are available. I was able to make an exact duplicate part for a whistle even though I was unable to borrow one. Wonderful resource.

"Keeper of the flame", exactly.
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It's almost impossible to pin a date on something like this. I don't believe they tracked the testers by serial numbers like they did with the gauges. Here are a few attachments that you might find interesting. The catalog page is from around 1920.
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Ashton valve made a few different styles of gauge testers. Here are a few pictures of some of them.
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And some catalog info about them.
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