Ashton Valve Co. 1871

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Re: Ashton Valve Co. 1871

Post by Rick A » Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:46 pm

I just pcked up an old invoice from 1888.
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Re: Ashton Valve Co. 1871

Post by RNoe » Sun Apr 26, 2020 5:25 pm

That represents some serious history!
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Re: Ashton Valve Co. 1871

Post by Rick A » Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:30 am

Yeah, good old ebay. I like pieces like this even more than the gauges.
If you look closely , you'll see a steamboat mention in the letterhead.
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Re: Ashton Valve Co. 1871

Post by Rick A » Sun May 03, 2020 2:18 pm

At a steam show a few years back I was given an original stock certificate from 1877. I'm also posting the gauge production year/serial number chart that will date gauges between 1895 and 1922. And the last chart shows the different gauge logos and the years in which they were used.
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Re: Ashton Valve Co. 1871

Post by Rick A » Tue May 12, 2020 9:53 pm

Much of the information I've been able to collect was from vintage trade journals I've been able to find on google books and archive.org. Here are the covers from soem of them.
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Re: Ashton Valve Co. 1871

Post by Rick A » Tue May 12, 2020 9:55 pm

The journals are loaded with adverts and interesting articles.
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Re: Ashton Valve Co. 1871

Post by Rick A » Tue May 12, 2020 9:57 pm

And a few more.
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Re: Ashton Valve Co. 1871

Post by Rick A » Tue May 12, 2020 9:59 pm

And that is only the Marine related journals.
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Re: Ashton Valve Co. 1871

Post by Rick A » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:00 pm

An interesting sales letter from 1897. It looks like a form letter with the address of the company being approached typed in at a later date
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Re: Ashton Valve Co. 1871

Post by Rick A » Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:06 pm

It's time to meet some of the company's employees.

Henry Ashton, founder of the company

Albert C Ashton Henry's oldest son who took over running the business after Henry's passing in 1895.
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