永和宫之压水机A hand press pump in the backyard of Yonghe Palace

永和宫后院的井亭非常别致,内置一架故宫内也不多见的铸铁压水机,上面铸有THE GOULDS M’F’G. CO. 的字样(The Goulds Manufacturing Company的缩写)。该公司原为纽约的一家水泵公司,始建于1848年。并于1869年起改名为The Goulds Manufacturing Company。该名称如今已经成为赛莱姆国际公司(Xylem Inc.)旗下的品牌。永和宫最后一次重修是在光绪十六年(1890年)[1],这架压水机很有可能是在此次修缮中安装的(有待确认)。仔细观看,水泵底座已经破碎,如果以1890年计,到今年(2019年)也才129岁。

井亭
The well pavilion
水压将
The hand press pump
制造商名称
The name of the manufacturer

The well pavilion in the backyard of Yonghe Palace is very unique. There is a cast-iron hand press pump in it. You can find the name of THE GOULDS M’F’G. CO. casted on the pump. ‪The manufacturer was originally a pump company in New York, started to use the name since 1869. It is now a brand owned by Xylem Inc‬. The palace was last restored in the 16th year of Guangxu (1890) [1], and it is likely that the press pump was installed during the renovation (to be confirmed) . Look carefully, you’ll find that the pump base has been broken. If you start counting in 1890, it will be 129 years old this year (2019).

注释notes:
[1] 故宫官网https://www.dpm.org.cn/explore/building/236518.html