Posted 2 years ago
Hi all, a friend recently purchased some acreage w/ a house, shed; etc & found 2 of these alike. He gave other one to his father & it does have original hose. He polished it much more than I did on this one, so it shows a lot of the beautiful copper, but I'm really liking this silvered patina look kinda better! What do you guys think...fully polished or leave 'er like she is & maybe apply a sealant? This is mostly copper & brass, right? Lol, don't want to wipe away all the proof that this is likely 100+ yr old copper, right?!?
So, been researching this particular loose stoppable type no: 758 317, manufactured in Boston, then says "Santa Fe" at bottom (almost fully patina'd), above that "Pacific Coast Agents....San Francisco", but both Badger extinguishers were found in the Deep South! I have not seen any others like this with a specific city listed on a plate that's screwed in anywhere on the tank, so I'm assuming this would be more rare to find?? It's just under 24" tall & 7 1/4" diameter. Was Pacific Coast perhaps a wholesaler or dealer that sold them to a location in Santa Fe?
Top of glass bottle is broken & pieces are still running loose inside the bottom, so it was used & should I be handling the cage & bottle wearing cloves or any chemicals have long since evaporated? All I did was wipe off most of caked on dirt. So, is this a commonly seen type or more rare & should I fully polish & seal or leave her be? Thanks for any advice or tips in advance! I was in awe when 1st saw how beautiful & unique these are, plus the wording "To Play, To Stop" & directions for charging are, in my opinion, what mostly makes these amazingly unique to see!