Steve Ahlwardt's Hydrant Collection

I was given all these items from my uncle, Ernest Copelan, who past away recently. He worked and retired from Rich Manufacturing and sold piping and hydrants. The Hinckley and Greenberg were in a foundry bought by Rich and saved by my uncle.

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Photos ©2002
Ernest Copelan

Flip lid style hydrant,
Hinckley & Co.,
San Francisco
ca. 1860.

Shown is the wooden pattern for a miniature decorative hydrant made by M. Greenberg's Sons. It was perhaps awarded to honor certain employees, or given to preferred customers.
8 inches tall.

Rich Company ashtray, promotional item.

Rich Valve model 850 salesman's sample, made of porcelain,
12 inches tall.

M. Greenberg's Sons "horse ball" hydrant. Ball atop hydrant was used to tie horses from a time when horses pulled fire apparatus. Hydrant vintage is ca. 1900, based on the gussets around the base of the barrel.

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