Michigan Brass & Iron Works
Detroit, Michigan


FireHydrant.org knows little about this fire hydrant company. The upper barrel design is very similar to that of the Galvin's Compound Wedge hydrant, also of Detroit.

If you have any information about the Michigan Brass & Iron Works, or their hydrants --- an old advertisement, old records at your water agency, etc., please E-mail us. Below are their hydrants discovered todate. They all have similar barrel designs but differ in bonnet design.
  Model: Unknown (1 pc./ 2-tier bonnet)
These two groups of hydrants below may be the same model but close inspection shows bonnet retention differences. They have no barrel embossing. The hydrant in photo #2090 has the following embossing around the bonnet rim: "MICHIGAN B. & I. WORKS COMPOUND WEDGE. PAT.D AUG 21 83 & JULY 7 '85 DETROIT"

This variation has bolts near the bonnet top.
1870
Nozzles: 2x 2"
Size: ~4 V.O.
Dated: (none)
Location: Illinois
© 2003, J. Anderson
0448
Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 3"
Size: ~4 V.O.
Dated: ?
Location: B. Green's Collection
© 2000, Bob Green
2090
Nozzles: 2x 2" swing-gated, 1x 4"
Size: ~4 V.O.
Dated: (none)
(see another view)
Location: Ed Masminster's Collection
© 2003, Ed Masminster

This variation has bolts on the bonnet rim holding it to the barrel
1689
Nozzles: 2x 2"
Size: ~4 V.O.
Dated: ?
© 2002, J. Stroh


  Model: Unknown (1 pc./ 2-tier bonnet)
The hydrant below has a less ornate, less complicated looking bonnet than found on the above hydrants; perhaps indicating a later design.
  • On the bonnet rim can be found "MICHIGAN BRASS & IRON WORKS DETROIT MICH.". The barrel is embossed with a company logo and a date as can be send in the back side view below. This is the only hydrant on this page known to be year dated.
  • This hydrant looks very similar to those made by East Jordan Iron Works, Michigan Valve, and Roe Stephens Co.
  • Photo 2425 shows a different style bonnet rim, which eliminates the rope design.
  • 1947
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Size: ~4 V.O.
    Dated: 1905
    (see back view )
    Location: Mark P. Collection
    © Mark Pandanell
    2425
    Nozzles: 1x 2"
    Size: ~4 V.O.
    Dated: 1904
    (see back view )
    (see bonnet view
    Location: Ken Soderbeck Collection
    © Ken Soderbeck


      Model: Unknown (1 pc./ 1-tier bonnet)
    The hydrants below have a less ornate looking bonnet than found on the above hydrants; perhaps indicating a yet later design. Two variations of hydrants with this style of bonnet are documented below.

    This variation has NO embossing is on the barrel; no indication of size or vintage. On the bonnet rim can be found "MICHIGAN B & I WORKS DETROIT MICH".
    1928
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Size: ~4 V.O.
    Dated: no
    Location: Illinois
    © J. Anderson

    This variation has the company logo on the back of the barrel as well as a date of manufacture. This is the only Michigan B&I Works hydrant noted with a company logo. On the bonnet rim can be found "MICHIGAN BRASS & IRON WORKS DETROIT MICH".
    2125
    Nozzles: 2x 2" swing-gated, 1x 4"
    Size: ~4 V.O.
    Dated: 1905
    Location: Ohio
    © E. Masminster


    The letterhead is dated 1876.
    Both compression and gate valve hydrants were manufactured by this company.

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