Empire Victory Water Meter

This is an oscillating piston water meter with frost-proof bottom. It was designed by “foresighted” Pittsburgh-National technicians who “realized that a scarcity of bronze, resulting from essential war-time production needs, could cause a serious shortage of water meters.” Its case is of cast iron that was “treated, coated and lined” to prevent rusting. Its register box is made of molded glass designed to withstand considerable abuse. It fit a ⅝” or ¾” pipe, and was made by the National Meter Division of the Pittsburgh Equitable Meter Company, in Brooklyn, N. Y., in the early 1940s.
Ref: Pittsburgh Equitable Meter Company, The Empire Victory Water Meter (1942).
Object Name
water meter
date made
ca 1941-ca 1945
Pittsburgh Equitable Meter Company
Pittsburgh Equitable Meter Company. National Meter Division
Physical Description
cast iron (overall material)
overall: 7 1/4 in x 7 1/2 in; 18.415 cm x 19.05 cm
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
Credit Line
A.A. Hirsch

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