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Capt Henry Metcalfe

Capt Henry Metcalfe

New York, USA
Death 17 Aug 1927 (aged 79)
Burial West Point, Orange County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 23867374 · View Source
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In 1969, he was inducted into the Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame.

In 1873, he invented the first detachable magazine for small arms.

U.S. Patent 125,604 on April 9, 1872 for an "Improvement in Scabbard-Frogs" (for sword, bayonet, etc.)

U.S. Patent 151,238 on May 26, 1874 for an "Improvement in Spade-Bayonets" (Co-inventor, with Felix Chillingworth)

U.S. Patent 167,006 on August 24, 1875 for an "Improvement in Means of Attaching Magazines to Fire-Arms"

U.S. Patent 174,696 on March 14, 1876 for an "Improvement in Soldiers' Accouterments"

U.S. Patent 841,800 on January 22, 1907 for a "Road-Map Exhibitor" (for automobiles)

U.S. Patent 1,308,437 on July 1, 1919 for a "Pocket Memo-Case"

Graduated in 1868 from the U.S. Military Academy.

- "The Cost of Manufactures and the Administration of Workshops, Public and Private", 1885 (New York, J. Wiley & Sons)

Instructor of Ordnance & Gunnery at the U.S. Military Academy.

Husband of Harriet.

His father was Dr. John T. Metcalfe, of New York City.




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  • Find A Grave Memorial 23867374
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Henry Metcalfe (29 Oct 1847–17 Aug 1927), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23867374, citing United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, Orange County, New York, USA ; Maintained by NWO (contributor 46583762) .