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Post Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:43 pm

OT - Pressure Gauges - English Manufactures

I have some old pressure gauges manufactured in England. They are all brass casings and their descriptions are as follows:

1) 6 inch round 0 – 4000 lb/in squared manufactured by Benet.

2) 4 inch round 0 – 300 Atmospheres and 0 – 4500 lb/in squared and manufactured by David Harcourt

3) 4.25 inch round 0 – 400 Atmospheres and 0 – 5750 lb/in squared and manufactured by David Harcourt



#1 – I think was manufactured by Benet Manufacturing in Benet, England.

#2 – Was manufactured by David Harcourt from Birmingham, England

#3 the same as #2

I have Goggled and Binged both and have found very little on either company. I’ll assume they are not around any more but that is my question to you.

In my search on the Benet name I found a person selling a gauge in England and the price was expressed in pounds, not Euros so I assume the web page has not been updated in a while.

David Harcourt took out a patent in 1835 for an automatic machine process of pressing brass and other metals. It is said that 100 years later the same machine was in use in the family factory.

I have not opened the any of the gauges to see if there is any info inside. I have not taken any pictures yet but will do so soon.

So, any information on either of these companies would be appreciated.

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Post Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:31 pm

Hi Tony
we still use pounds here,
a picture of the gauges would be interesting, I have a few old ones somewhere in my garage, I will have a look and see who made them

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Post Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:00 pm

Can someone point me to "How to post pics". I tried the Help & Support forum but got a 404 error on the Q14 link. Tried adding my pic as an attachment to a reply here and got an error about too much memory. The pic is only 1.2 MB
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Post Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:06 pm

tony,
your pics are probably to big, reduce them in size to less than a mb
and they should load

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Post Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:18 pm

Gauge #1
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Gauge #3
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Post Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:36 pm

hi. the CAV one my have something to do with diesel injector testing on old trucks.

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Post Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:30 pm

these are mine,
and with a pound coin,
why are you interested in pressure gauges?

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Post Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:07 am

Have you considered melting them down and selling the brass for scrap Tony - the metal must be worth a few bob :-?

Just teasing :lol1:
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Post Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:38 pm

The reason is that they were my father in laws. I'm in the process of going through all his "stuff" and deciding if it's junk or something someone would want. If someone could use it or want it I will not throw it out.

I also remember all the stories he told about the "old days" and the things he use to create in the machine shop. So before I throw it out I like to do a little history on the items.

So does any one know if the above mentioned manufactures are still around?

You might even see them on ebay soon.
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Post Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:39 pm

You could ask Peter the same thing. What are you doing with those.
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Post Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:42 pm

Tony Teveris wrote:So does any one know if the above mentioned manufactures are still around?

C.A.V. was swallowed up by Lucas, and is now part of Delphi Inc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucas_Industries
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Post Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:00 pm

I bought my gauges as part of a job lot in an auction.


John,
I thought Lucas went into liquidation last year?

And delphi have only just come out of chapter 11



http://www.reuters.com/article/reutersc ... J120090730

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Post Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:42 pm

Flippin heck........... Thought I was back in the Navy there for a minute looking at those :lol1:
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Post Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:16 am

Peter Normington wrote:I thought Lucas went into liquidation last year?

I don't know Peter, I lost track of them after the merger with Varity, but it would depend on which bit of Lucas we are talking about.

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Post Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:50 pm

Martin wrote:Flippin heck........... Thought I was back in the Navy there for a minute looking at those :lol1:


Thought I was back in the Army.....(wait I still am!!!!) Had a full set co CAV gauges for pressure testing gearboxes on Chieftain/Centurion :o

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