Veeder Counter

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In 1895 the mechanical engineer Curtis Veeder (1862-1943) founded the Veeder Manufacturing Company in Hartford, Ct. It made cyclometers that measured the distance traveled by bicycles. The business expanded to include counters for speedometers, machines, production workers, and other purposes. In 1928 the company merged with the Root Company to form Veeder-Root, a firm that remained in business for decades.
This counter has a brass frame painted black. A glass window reveals four number wheels, with a decimal point in the middle. Turning a knob on the right side advances the number wheels by .10 per revolution (i.e., the rightmost wheel turns once per revolution). A mark on one end reads: THE VEEDER MFG.CO (/) Veeder (/) HARTFORD CONN USA. A mark on the other end reads: 3713627.
An undated catalog of Veeder Manufacturing Company shows a counter similar to this one and reports that these counters were “furnished to and used by the U.S. Weather Bureau." The counter shown in the catalog would be rotated with the left hand, while the object in the collections is most naturally rotated with the right hand.
“Veeder’s Successful Development of the ‘Big Unit’ Market,” Printers’ Ink, vol. 103 #4, April 25, 1918, pp. 129–132, 137–138.
Veeder Manufacturing Company, [Catalog], no date, Hartford, Ct., Trade Literature, Smithsonian Institution Libraries.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1920
Veeder Manufacturing Company
place made
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 3.2 cm x 7 cm x 3.2 cm; 1 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 1/4 in
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


I have a Veeder counter 3.25" long with a rubber pointer on the shaft end and a 4 digit display dated Nov 5, 1907. There is no way of getting inside so it's reverse spinning to reset to zero?? Thanks!
"Have a very small Veeder counter with a 5 digit display mounted on a block of wood. Manufacturer's stamp is dated October 3, 1899. Can this counter be reset to "00000 "?"
Yes it can be reset take the four screws out and pull it apart don't worry about it coming apart it will stay in one piece. You can reset it by turning it backwards until it zeros out. Then slide it back in case and tighten four screws.
The Veeder counter in the Smithsonian collections is reset to zero simply by turning the knob.
"I have a Veeder Counter, dated Aug. 10, 1919. It was my Dad's Very good shape too! :-)"

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