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Unknown Decorative Valve?


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Old 11-25-2015, 09:12:45 AM
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little valve here been on my mind for several yrs now...i came across this in a junk drawer in a fallen down barn many yrs ago and it ended up in my junk drawer..Anyone know anything about this valve? its about 2.5" long. date / era? part of what unit? thank you for any help.. almost looks handcrafted.
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Default Re: Unknown Decorative Valve ?

Looks like valves used in gas lighting applications in the home before electric.
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Sparky is right it is a lighting gas valve. Ron
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Default Re: Unknown Decorative Valve ?

I have seen these in my grandmothers very old railroad boarding house. They were near the floor in each room. A gas hose was jammed on the end of them which extended a few feet to a portable has heater. They were long outlawed by the fire department by the time I saw them in the 1950s. They were considered dangerous as if the hose came off the gas would just shoot out. When the gas got to another room where another heater was burning the place would blow up.
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case solved! back in the junk drawer
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Default Re: Unknown Decorative Valve?

I had a flashback to my grandpas house when I was a kid. The house was long converted to electricity but the walls still had gas valves from the lighting days.

Visiting one day the light went out in the bedroom I was in. Gramps just turned the valve on a bit then lit it with his zippo. He went to another room to snatch a bulb and I was good to go. As a 5-6 YO kid I did think it a bit scary with this flame shooting from the wall.
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