Empire Magnoseal Water Meter

This is an oscillating piston water meter with a frost-proof bottom and serial numbers 912,409 (on the lid) and 912,413 (on the side). It fit a ⅝” pipe, and was made by the National Meter Company in Brooklyn, N. Y. The Magnoseal, introduced in 1912, was apparently a magnetic drive designed to eliminate the stuffing box, a device that prevents leakage along a moving part passing through a hole in a vessel containing steam, water or oil.
Ref: National Meter Company, Water-Meter Evolution, Magno-Seal Meters (May 1912); this is listed in Catalogue of Copyright Entries (1912), p. 11073.
Object Name
water meter
date made
ca 1912
National Meter Company
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
place made
United States: New York, Brooklyn
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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