Nash Type K Water Meter

This is a disc water meter with split case and serial number 1,215,590 that fit a ⅝” pipe, and that was made by the National Meter Company in Brooklyn, New York, probably in the 1920s. The case is marked “5/8 NASH TYPE K NATIONAL METER CO” and “1215590.” The cap is marked: “NASH METER PAT’S APRIL 1 1902, JULY 15 1914, FEB 9 1915” and “1215590.” The name refers to Lewis H. Nash, the man who served as chief engineer of National Meter for over thirty-five years and who, in the late 1880s, designed the first disc meter made in the United States.
Ref: Nash Water Meter Type “K” (Dixie Model); this is National Meter Company Circular 201.
Object Name
water meter
date made
ca 1915-ca 1947
National Meter Company
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
overall: 7 in x 7 1/2 in; 17.78 cm x 19.05 cm
place made
United States: New York, Brooklyn
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Water Meters
Measuring & Mapping
Natural Resources
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Water Meters
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
A.A. Hirsch

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