One man’s waste: Finding treasure at a recycling center – USO Revealed

It’s that time again! We are revealing our Unidentified Scrap Object from our recycling center! If you haven’t checked out our last post, you can do so here. Take a guess as to what someone disposed of in our recycling center to scrap out. I suggest taking a look if you haven’t already.

 

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It’s a fire extinguisher! 

 

 

I really love this item because you can tell this was turned into a lamp at one point. Why someone wanted to dispose of this antique is beyond me

While recycling instead of disposing waste into a landfill is always the path you should take, I would never get rid of such a cool item.

So let’s talk about the fire extinguisher!

It is a Guardene Fire Extinguisher from the Pyrene Manufacturing Company. The Pyrene Manufacturing Company was founded in 1907 by a Scottish engineer. Under the word Guardene you will see, “Reg.U.Spat.Off”. I was unable to find what this exactly referred to unfortunately. Below this you will find instructions on how to use the fire extinguisher, how many pounds it is tested to, directions for charging, maintenance, and then the appearance of the Pyrene Manufacturing Company’s name. Blow all this, on a different plaque you will see “Underwriters’ Laboratories inspected”. This is a Canadian company that still is in operation today.

When it comes to dating this fire extinguisher I could not find anything that gave me a good idea of the date. On the actual fire extinguisher it does say, “Non-slop type – Patented April 1st 1924”. I could not find anything about what non-slop type meant, but I was able to know that this was made after 1924. If I had to guess I would say between 1930 and 1940. If anyone has a better guess or knows, comment and let us know!

Take a look at our pictures and let us know if you found anything I missed. Or just tell us what you find the most interesting.

I was able to find an incredibly similar fire extinguisher online. I love this one because it has been polished and looks absolutely beautiful. You can see that here.

One of the coolest things I found while researching this object, was finding old ads for it. You can check those out here. Some of my favorite exerts are, “recommended for school use where a woman or young child may have to put out a fire.” And “effective on all fires except gasoline or oil.” You can see the ads here.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this month’s USO and will come back to see next month’s USO.

 

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One Response to One man’s waste: Finding treasure at a recycling center – USO Revealed

  1. Skylar Williams August 29, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

    That’s super cool that you found that fire extinguisher. That’s a unique antique, I’d love to see what you end up doing with it. I’m thinking of getting into recycling but I can’t find a good center close to me.

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