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[bound together with:] ILLUSTRATED, DESCRIPTIVE, AND PRICED CATALOGUE of Water Works Appliances. Comprising: reservoir standposts, sluices, sluice, relief, ball, and air valves, hydrants, street standposts, surface boxes, special pipes, fire extinguishing apparatus, and fountains. Price list subject to alteration without notice. Smith Brothers, Printers, Bank Street, Kilmarnock, Scotland. December, 1904. A wonderfully evocative and detailed trade catalogue, issued by the noted Scottish hydraulic and sanitary engineering company, Glenfield & Kennedy Limited. copiously illustrated. Thomas Kennedy Sr, was the inventor of the worlds first water meter in 1824. He had realised the need for an accurate device for measuring water consumption, and with the help of the Kilmarnock clock maker John Cameron, he perfected a design that was patented in 1852. A syndicate of four people was formed to finance the manufacture and marketing of the invention, and this led to the formation of The Kennedy Patent Water Meter Company. In 1865 the same individuals formed the Glenfield Company to make castings for the Meter company, but eventually widened its interests and built up an extensive valve and hydraulic engineering business. Under the direction of his nephew Thomas, between 1871 and 1904, Glenfield and Kennedy became one of the most important hydraulic engineering concerns in Britain, though it was the accurate water meter which made Glenfield & Kennedy famous throughout the world. The two companies merged to form a limited company in 1899.
Dealer Notes
Together, two works in one volume, 4to; pp. 4, [ii] tipped in insert on pink paper, 5- 47, 1] blank, with frontispiece, further tipped in advice slip at title-page, and including several full page illustrations; pp. [ii] title-page, 84, [6] index, with tipped in advice slips at p. 29, 33, and numerous illustrations; lightly browned but otherwise clean and crisp; bound in contemporary green pebble-grained blind-stamped cloth, ruled and lettered in black and gilt, head and tail of spine lightly rubbed and bumped, some light silverfish wear to both spine and covers, corners lightly bumped and worn.
Author [SANITATION TRADE CATALOGUE]. GLENFIELD & KENNEDY LIMITED.
Date 1904
Publisher Price list subject to alteration without notice. First edition. Smith Brothers, Printers, Bank Street, Kilmarnock, Scotland. December, 1904.

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