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Ashton Valve Company

Posted by Rick Ashton 
Ashton Valve Company
September 18, 2019 05:32PM
In 1871 my ancestor Henry Ashton invented a "pop" safety valve that was a breakthrough in boiler safety. For the next 100 years the company made safety valves and gauges for Stationary boilers, steam automobiles, and locomotives. I've been researching the company or the last 3 years and I'm hoping that someone on the site might have some information on the company that I can add to what I've been able to collect so far.
So I hope you enjoy the old material I'm going to post.

The company produced gauges for Stanley Steamers, Winton , Pope-Toledo, White,and possibly more steam cars.


Re: Ashton Valve Company
September 18, 2019 05:36PM
Here is a page from a 1920 catalog relating to the gauges used in steam automobiles.


Re: Ashton Valve Company
September 18, 2019 05:41PM
These pages relate to the safety valves and water relief valves used in steam autos.


Re: Ashton Valve Company
September 19, 2019 12:21PM
Hi Rick,

Do you have enough information on the company to do a writeup for the SACA Bulletin?

Regards,

Ken
Re: Ashton Valve Company
September 19, 2019 06:39PM
Too much. How do I get it to you?

Rick
Re: Ashton Valve Company
September 19, 2019 07:32PM
Send it to kenatgm@aol.com and I'll foward the article to Margie.

Thanks!

Ken
Re: Ashton Valve Company
September 20, 2019 12:00PM
Will do Ken. Thanks for your inteest.
Re: Ashton Valve Company
September 23, 2019 03:20PM
Does anyone on this forum have a steam car that has an Ashton gauge or valve in ti?
Re: Ashton Valve Company
September 24, 2019 03:49PM
An old ad from the Horseless Carriage journal.


Re: Ashton Valve Company
September 25, 2019 10:06AM
Most all of our older Stanley Steam cars and White steam cars used the Ashton Valve Co. gauges. The really later condensing Stanleys used the Ashcroft Manufacturing Co. gauges. The book "The Antique American Steam Gauge" by Barry Lee David copyrighted in 2003, does a good job in covering the evolution of the Ashton Valve Co steam gauges. It is in the larger 8 1/2" by 11" format and 282 pages. Lots of pictures in the book... What is really handy in the book are the serial numbers on the gauges telling you what exact year the gauge was built. You don't want a newer gauge being used in your older Stanley. With my Ashton gauge collection, I was a contributor of images to this fine publication. With all of the different types of Ashton gauges used in the Stanley Steam car, one never has enough spare Ashton gauges. smiling smiley
Re: Ashton Valve Company
September 25, 2019 03:22PM
Hi SSsssteamer,

I do have that book on gauges and it is essential. It's a great history lesson. Please tell me about your Ashton gauge collection. How many do you have? Do you collect all types or only a particular style? Any pictures? Any products outside of gauges?
Re: Ashton Valve Company
September 25, 2019 08:25PM
Over the last 35 years, we have had up to five running Stanleys at one time. We are down to just three Stanleys now. To keep them up to snuff, we still have a back stock of more than a few Ashton gauges and about another 50 assorted antique gauges with silver faces. No, I am not interested in taking photos of them as they are not for sale, and anyone looking at the firewall area of a Stanley can see the same gauges any time they want. We have a 7,500 square ft private museum that we store our toys in. Many items are on display, like Neverout lights and accessories, E and J kerosene side lamps, Rushmore gas headlights of many sizes, speedometers, steam whistles, on and on. Most anyone with steam cars have similar collections to service their cars with. One can buy Ashton gauges on eBay on about any week of the year. Not hard to come by at all, unless you need it immediately. Good to read that you bought the Antique American Steam Gauge book.
Re: Ashton Valve Company
September 27, 2019 06:16PM
HI, presently building an 1908 H5 that has all original Aston- Stanley gauges

Tom
Re: Ashton Valve Company
September 29, 2019 07:59PM
Do you two rebuild the gauges yourselves?
Re: Ashton Valve Company
September 30, 2019 09:44AM
I have had to rebuild my gauges as needed. The Ashton silver plated gauge face a chore to refinish, but the gauge innards are easily restored if you have other gauges with the correct parts to use. Never use any metal polish other than a silver polish to clean a gauge face. Brasso and many other metal cleaners will completely remove the silver plating from a salvageable silver plated gauge face.
Re: Ashton Valve Company
September 30, 2019 01:56PM
Thanks for the tip.

Rick
Re: Ashton Valve Company
October 03, 2019 02:33PM
A clip from Jay Leno's garage TV show showing the gauges in his 1906 Stanley Steamer racer. Nice gauges!

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Re: Ashton Valve Company
October 13, 2019 11:20AM
Henry G Ashton, the founder of Ashton Valve and a history of the company.

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Re: Ashton Valve Company
October 16, 2019 03:58PM
At the 2017 Yankee Steam Up, someone gave me a stock certificate from 1877.


Re: Ashton Valve Company
October 19, 2019 08:31PM
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.

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Re: Ashton Valve Company
October 20, 2019 09:17PM
Here are some other adverts for steam car gauges and valves.


Re: Ashton Valve Company
October 21, 2019 01:06PM
In 1892, the company purchased the Boston Steam Gauge Company and entered the gauge business. Today, the Ashton gauges are remembered more than the safety valves. They are often very expensive on ebay.


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Re: Ashton Valve Company
October 21, 2019 01:07PM
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.

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Re: Ashton Valve Company
October 22, 2019 08:49PM
Here's my Winton steam gauge made in 1903.

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Re: Ashton Valve Company
November 01, 2019 10:32PM
Association member photos. Many of the Ashton Valve executives and sales force belonged to industry groups.


Re: Ashton Valve Company
November 01, 2019 10:34PM
A few more.


Re: Ashton Valve Company
November 04, 2019 09:24PM
The company also offered engine room clocks. They made the clock bodies and the clock works were made by Chelsea, Howard, or Seth Thomas.


Re: Ashton Valve Company
November 09, 2019 05:30PM
I read all the time about the quality of Ashton Gauges but I would love to hear it from a member of this site why,exactly, were Ashton Gauges the gauge of choice for many steam cars? And do people who restore steam cars use the Ashton gauges for historical accuracy or are they really that good?
Re: Ashton Valve Company
November 13, 2019 12:33PM
Rick as far as I know all Stanley’s used Ashton gauges. Both of my Stanley’s did as you can see by the attached photos.
Repairing them is another matter as I have stated before.
You can retain the gauge case and replace the inners (bourdon tube assembly) from another gauge of the same pressure and one that fits and retain the face, but I have never found a company that repairs a leaking bourdon tube.
I built my own needle puller but you can buy them from watch supply house.
If you can find a replacement inners that fits it’s not two hard to repair. You need to calibrate it, I do this with a manifold either with a gauge tester or manifold of gauges I trust.
As far as what others do I don’t know. But I have never seen any other type of gauges on a Stanley.


Rolly


Re: Ashton Valve Company
November 14, 2019 09:29AM
The "much later" condensing Stanleys used the Ashcroft gauges. See attachment. Original gauges for the model of steam car one is working on are quite plentiful so there isn't any reason not to use them except for their higher prices than a brand X gauge. eBay is a good place to look for Stanley gauges. I bought a 1,000 Stanley Ashton steam gauge off of eBay last week for $349. It was a bargain. I have repaired leaking Bourdon tubes, but it throws them way out of calibration. It is much easier to use another Bourdon tube out of a matching gauge.
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