Kennedy Valve - Elmira, NY
Part 2b
  Figure 1280 Hydrant (1931 - 1964)
This model featured a 2 piece barrel held together by a large threaded cast iron coupler; like the later K11 model shown further below. In this Kennedy Valve "Safetop" hydrant ad from the 1930s, the benefits of this breakaway flange are highlighted.
  • 1,883,467 and 1,944,777 patent numbers are cast onto the threaded coupler as on the later K11 model.
  • The thread of the 2" nozzles was a special Kennedy thread.
  • Starting in about 1951 this model was marked with "S" or "ST" after the V.O. size markings.
  • This model has a cast-on marker plate with a year of manufacture like the Figure 1080 model described above. However this later dropped as evidenced by image #1386 below which shows a barrel marking update.
  • 1385
    Nozzles: 1x 4"
    Size: 4" V.O.
    Dated: 1955, (rear view)
    Location: Jack S. collection
    Photo: © 2001, J. Anderson
    1386
    Nozzles: 1x 4"
    Size: 4" V.O.
    Dated: 1959, (rear view)
    Location: Jack S. collection
    Photo: © 2001, J. Anderson
    1384
    Nozzles: 1x 2", 1x 4"
    Size: 4" V.O.
    Dated: 1954, (rear view)
    Location: Jack S. collection
    Photo: © 2001, J. Anderson
    2026
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 5"
    Size: ? V.O.
    Dated: ?
    Location: Private collection
    Photo: © 2003, Kent Wheeler
    1113
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Size: 5" V.O., 9 5/8" barrel O.D.
    Dated: 1952
    Location: Ed M. collection
    Photo: © 2001, Ed Masminster
    1114
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Size: 5" V.O., 9 5/8" barrel O.D.
    Dated: 1953
    Location: Ed M. collection
    Photo: © 2001, Ed Masminster


      K10 & K11 models (1959 - 1983)
    These two models are externally identical above the joint of the 2 piece barrels.
  • They can be found with any the following valve opening sizes cast onto the barrel: 4", 4", or 5". Yet all have the same 7 7/8" - 8" barrel O.D.
  • They are well marked stating V.O. size, Figure (model) number, year of manufacture, "AWWA", pressure rating, and the Kennedy logo.
  • "Early production" had the model designation cast onto the back of the barrel; while "later production" had it on the front under the nozzles.
  • In later years a dry top model was manufactured which had a "D" cast onto the bonnet. The dry top feature eliminated the stem thread from being exposed to the water when in operation.
  •   K10 model (1959 - 1983*)
    The K10 and K12 models are externally identical except for the model designation cast onto the barrel.
  • Both have a 2 piece barrel with a conventional bolted flange joint.
  • A K10B version was offered which was a traffic model with powdered metal breakable nuts.
  • Note that the K10 production continues* on into the 21st century as a Puerto Rico spec model (see below)
  • 1257
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Dated: 1964
    Note: "K10" on back
    Location: John A. collection
    Photo: © 2001, John Anderson
    0015
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Dated: 1965
    Note: "K10" on front
    Location: Prairie du Chien,WI
    Photo: © 2000, Jim Quist
    1256
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Dated: 1974
    Note: "K10" on front
    Location: John A. collection
    Photo: © 2001, John Anderson
    2142
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Dated: 1976
    Note: "K10B" in front
    Location: John A. collection
    Photo: © 2004, John Anderson
    2532 Puerto Rico spec
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Dated: 2005
    Note: "PR/K10" in front
    Location: Dorado, PR
    Photo: © 2010, J. Anderson

      K11 model (1959 - 1983)
    This model has the same large threaded coupler holding the upper and lower barrels together as the Figure 1280 model.

    This first group is early production hydrants with the K11 model designation on the back of the barrel and 1,883,467 and 1,944,777 patent numbers cast onto the threaded coupler.
    1255
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Dated: 1961
    Note: "K11" on back
    Location: John A. collection
    Photo: © 2001, John Anderson
    1254
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Dated: 1959
    Note: "K11" on back
    Location: John A. collection
    Photo: © 2001, Ed Masminster

    This second group is later production hydrants with the K11 model designation on the front of the barrel and no patent numbers on the threaded coupler.
    1253
    Nozzles: 1x 4"
    Dated: 1979
    Note: "K11" on front
    Location: John A. collection
    Photo: © 2001, John Anderson
    1115
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Dated: 1967
    Note: "K11" on front
    Location: Ed M. collection
    Photo: © 2001, Ed Masminster
    0185
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Dated: 1969
    Note: "K11" on front
    Location: John A. collection
    Photo: © 2001, John Anderson
    0017
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x ~5"
    Dated: 1968
    Note: "K11" on front
    Location: Private collection
    Photo: © 2006, Larry Longest


      K12 UA / FM model (1958 - 1984)
    This hydrant is basically a K10 hydrant with a bronze top stem and UA/FM (or UL/FM) markings.
  • The 4" V.O. size was produced from 1960 - 1984.
  • The 5" V.O. size was produced from 1958 - 1984.

    This first group is marked UA-FM; where the UA stands for Underwriter's Association.
  • 1252
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Dated: 1959
    Note: "K12" between nozzles
    Location: John A. collection
    Photo: © 2001, John Anderson
    1116
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Dated: 1967
    Note: "K12" under nozzle
    Location: Ed M. collection
    Photo: © 2001, Ed Masminster
    0083
    Nozzles: 2x 2" externally gated
    Dated: 1969
    Location: Roanoke, VA
    Photo: © Ethan Kennedy
    1926
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Dated: 1970
    Note: "K12" in front
    Location: John A. collection
    Photo: © 2003, John Anderson

    This second group is marked UL-FM; where the UL stands for the renamed Underwriter's Laboratories.
    2088
    Nozzles: 2x 2"
    Dated: 1984
    Note: "K12" under nozzle
    Location: Jason C. collection
    Photo: © 2004, J. Cherry
    2143
    Nozzles: 2x 2", 1x 4"
    Dated: 1984
    Note: "K12" in front
    Location: John A. collection
    Photo: © 2004, John Anderson


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