Standard Water Meter

This is a current water meter with split case that fit a ⅝” pipe, and that was made by the Standard Water Meter Company in Brooklyn, New York, around 1910. Like most current meters, the measuring device here is a series of cups mounted on a spindle. The meter is marked “Pat’d Jan. 17 ’98, July 27 ’08, Feb. 8 ’10, other pats pending.” The earlier date refers to the “Rotary Fluid-Meter” patent issued to William H. Marsh, manager and later a director of Standard Water Meter. The latter two dates (one the date of application and the other the date of issuance) refer to the “Water-Wheel” patent issued to Fred Bangerter and assigned to Standard Water Meter. A Swiss-born inventor working in Brooklyn, Bangerter also devised a machine gun that could fire 2 million bullets an hour. Standard Water Meter was incorporated in 1881, reorganized several times, and out of business by 1927.
Ref: Standard Meter Company, Standard ‘Sapphire’ Water Meters (Brooklyn, n.d.).
Standard Meter Company, Water Meter Price List (Brooklyn, 1912).
“Fires 2,000,000 Bullets Hourly,” Washington Post (March 8, 1908), p. M4.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1910
Standard Water Meter Company
place made
United States: New York, Brooklyn
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
A.A. Hirsch
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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