Dry gas meter invented by Mr Anderson

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Dry gas meter invented by Mr Anderson

This dry gas meter was made by Alder & Mackay of Edinburgh, Bradford and London. It was invented by Mr Anderson in 1900 at a time when less wealthy people began to have access to gas for the first time.

The meter is fitted with a coin slot to provide prepayment facilities.

William Murdoch,1754-1839, is considered to be the inventor of gas lighting. He was an engineer at Boulton and Watt's Soho factory in Birmingham which produced gas appliances until 1814. Murdoch's invention was developed by others, like Mr. Anderson.

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Online ID: 000-000-099-869-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0088: Innovators and Innovations (multimedia essay)
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1929.183
Date: 1900
20th century
Material: Tin casing
Dimensions: 10.00" H x 9.00" W x 6.00" deep
What: Specimen / gas / manufacture / usage / dry meter, gas, prepayment
Subject: 6. GAS, Meters (Departmental Classification)
Who: Mr Anderson (gas meter inventor and maker)
Description: One of a collection of specimens illustrating the manufacture of gas and its uses - a dry tin-cased gas meter fitted with prepayment mechanism, invented and made by Mr Anderson in 1900
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