Walker and Nancy Mangum's Darling Valve Hydrant

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Walker and Nancy Mangum

Walker and Nancy Mangum have created an unusually elegant hydrant display with this Darling Valve model. The hydrant body has been carefully ground, filled, and polished to a mirror finish. It was then treated to professionally applied automotive lacquer. The trim pieces and caps are gold plated. Yes, that's right --- gold adheres readily to cast iron and was thus chosen.

The Mangum's hydrant makes for an impressive indoor display at their home in Texas.

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