|FB Machine Works - Columbus, OH
Feil's Brass & Machine Works - Chicago, IL
The origins of this (A.P.Smith-like) Series S model hydrant is somewhat a mystery to FireHydrant.org. Embossed on the lower barrel is FB MACHINE WKS COLUMBUS; while embossed on the bonnet is FEIL'S BRASS & MACHINE WKS. CHICAGO, IL. This hydrant was originally in service in Columbus, OH. Here are a couple of possibilities to explain both manufacturer's names on this hydrant:
Of note is that a Chicago City Spec salesman's sample exists in the hands of a collector that is embossed with FEIL'S BRASS & MACHINE WKS. CHICAGO, IL. However, this still doesn't tell us that this company made complete, full-size fire hydrants.
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Nozzles: 1x ~4"
Size: ~5" V.O.
Location: Jack S. collection
Photo: © J. Selvey
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