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Posted 5 years ago


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Could someone please help me better identify this extinguisher? Its date and possibly where I would be able to find information on this extinguisher? Thank you very much.

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  1. Loni, 5 years ago
    Hi, I saw one of these at an estate sale this summer..I was able to find it on line under brass fire extinguishers. The cost was about $20.00. but it could be worth more.
  2. Doug Purtee, 5 years ago
    You have a 1 quart brass fire extinguisher that at one time contained carbon tetrachloride. They were used in homes, vehicles, airplanes, boats, etc. from about 1910 until discontinued around 1960--yours is probably from the 40's/ 50's. The public liked them because carbon tet does not conduct electricity and won't freeze to -30 degrees. The bad news is they killed many people with them--carbon tet on an open flame creates phosgene nerve gas and it is cancer causing. If I can be of further help let me know. Thanks--Doug.
  3. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the support Doug, I've been saying that about carbon-tet on here but they didn't believe me..............BAD STUFF.........
  4. SteffiFitz SteffiFitz, 5 years ago
    So is it dangerous to have this fire extinguisher in the house or yard on display?
  5. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 5 years ago
    Only if it still has carbon-tet still in it, if it does you can take it to you local Fire Department and they should empty it for you..... If it is empty............ENJOY !
  6. Larry Koch, 4 years ago
    I have a rectangle "Fire Gun #3", 1 gal. Carbon Tetrachloride type Fire Extinguisher. Was made for U.S.A.F., Contract #19590, #83577. Paper hang tag says, last inspected, 2-13-66. Would like to know age and possible value?

    Thanks, Larry Koch
  7. Tim Yokel, 4 years ago
    I was cleaning out a barn and found hanging on a wall still with the orgional bracket a brass fire extinguisher. It is an American LaFrance 1 1/2 quart Fire Gun #2. It says Foamite Corporation on it. It is full and says Carbon Tetrachloride on it. I have looked and have not found another quite like it on the net. It says patent pending. I can not find a date on it. Please help me know more about it. Year, worth, anything else you think would help me understand it better. I can take a picture and send it if that would be helpful. Thank you.
  8. Esther110 Esther110, 4 years ago
    Tim, take a pic and post it. It's free, it's easy. You will get better info if we can see it
  9. mike, 4 years ago
    have a fire gun no #0 HOW OLD IS IT?
  10. RonM RonM, 4 years ago
    We had them in the 60s and would empty the carbon tet and fill them with water.They made great water pistols.
  11. josh, 4 years ago
    I have one like tim's, i found inside a filler cabinet in kitchen, i know nothing about it, wantn some info. Fire gun 1 1/2 qt carbon tetra, brass w/blackish label
  12. catfish, 4 years ago
    i just picked up a fire gun no 4 double unit can anyone tell me how old and maybe a value?

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