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
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Measuring & Mapping
Water Meters
Natural Resources
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
A.A. Hirsch

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Enter the characters shown in the image.