Niagara Water Meter

This disc water meter has a frost-proof bottom and fit a ⅝” pipe. It was made by the Buffalo Meter Company in Buffalo, N. Y. The firm was founded in 1892, brought out the first Niagara meter soon thereafter, and introduced the breakable frost bottom in 1921. In this example, the case is made of cast iron coated with zinc, suitable for use with hard or corrosive water. It has a disc of hard rubber reinforced with a metal plate. And it probably has jewel bearings for greater accuracy and durability. The BFI-ENARC HOOD was probably added by a user or dealer.
Ref: Buffalo Meter Company, American and New Niagara Water Meters (1925)
Object Name
water meter
date made
ca 1921-ca 1960
Buffalo Meter Company
Physical Description
cast iron (overall material)
hard rubber (disc material)
overall: 6 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in; 16.51 cm x 19.05 cm
place made
United States: New York, Buffalo
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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