Sparling Water Meter

This is a 4” water meter with a fan blade impeller and serial number 10,239. The markings--“Sparling K-473” and “Sparling – K 473”—refer to the Sparling Meter Company. This firm was formed in Los Angeles in 1912, and began manufacturing propeller meters in 1919. The cast iron body suggests that it was made during the materials restrictions of World War II.
Object Name
water meter
date made
early 1940s
Sparling Water Meter Company
Physical Description
cast iron (overall material)
place made
United States: California, Los Angeles
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Water Meters
Measuring & Mapping
Natural Resources
World War II
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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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