Holly Mfg. Co. - Lockport, NY

Holly Manufacturing Company was the namesake business of inventor Birdsill Holly (1820-1893). Birdsill Holly was was awarded many patents, including U.S. patent #94749 for a fire hydrant. A similar hydrant was manufactured by Union Iron Works, perhaps under license. (see Union Iron Works). For information about Lockport, NY, and inventor Birdsill Holly, visit: www.lockportcave.com.

  first model
This short, pot-bellied hydrant was the first model Holly Mfg. produced.
  • Three variations have been discovered involving the number of bolts holding on the bonnet; examples have can be found with 2, 4 or 8 bolts. It is not known at this point if this difference is due to vintage or something else. This difference is noted with each hydrant shown below.
  • U.S. Patent #94749
    Inventor: Birdsill Holly,
    Lockport, NY
    Issue Date: Sept. 14, 1869
    2162 (4-bolt top)
    Nozzles: 1x 2"
    Size: ~4" V.O.
    Note: missing bonnet
    Location: Ohio
    2163 (8-bolt top)
    Nozzles: 1x 2"
    Size: ~4" V.O.
    Note: missing bonnet
    (See another view)
    Location: Ohio
    2294 (2-bolt top)
    Nozzles: 1x 4"
    Size: ~4" V.O.
    Note: missing bonnet
    Location: Keith T. collection
    Photo: K. Thomas
    0092 (4-bolt top)
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Size: ~4" VO, 4.5" ID
    (See bonnet view)
    Location: Jeff K. collection
    Photo: J. Kaminski
    1724 (4-bolt top)
    Nozzles: 1x 2", 1x 4"
    Size: ~4" V.O.
    Note: missing bonnet
    Location: Steve P. collection
    Photo: © 2001, J. Kaminski

      next model?
    We believe these hydrants to represent the next model produced.
    0500
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Size: ?
    Location: Private collection
    Photo: © J. Kaminski
    0322
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Size: ?
    Location: ?
    Photo: © 2000, R. Porterfield

      final model?
    These hydrants are very similar to the previous model, differing only in the bonnet design.
    0435
    Nozzles: 3x 2" internally gated
    Location: ?
    Photo: © T. Ingalsbe
    0323
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Location: ?
    Photo: © 2000, R. Porterfield


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