King Model Two Water Meter

This is a disc water meter with split case and serial number 188,916 that fit a ⅝” pipe, and that was made by the Union Water Meter Company of Worcester, Massachusetts. Union introduced the King meter in 1905, and was soon boasting that its construction “presents no experimental devices of undetermined value, but is a sound, simple and sensible embodiment of features which the unfailing test of time as qualified for existence.” Union went on to say that “All internal moving parts are assembled in a single working unit, readily accessible for inspection without removing the meter from the service-pipe.” “Extensive investigation and experiment have proved conclusively that the solid, flat, hard-rubber disk is the most economical and satisfactory.” It also called attention to “hard-rubber gears and bronze pinions.”
Ref: Union Water Meter Co., The King Disk Meter, Catalogue No. 46 (Worcester, 1907).
Object Name
water meter
date made
ca 1905-ca 1935
Union Water Meter Company
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
rubber (disc material)
overall: 6 7/8 in x 7 1/2 in; 17.4625 cm x 19.05 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Water Meters
Measuring & Mapping
Natural Resources
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Water Meters
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
A.A. Hirsch

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