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Merrill, James H.

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Merrill, James H.   Baltimore Maryland 1857 1865


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14,077 January 8, 1856 Improvement in Fire-Arms
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18,401 October 13, 1857 Improvement in Projectiles for Rifled Ordnance
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20,954 July 20, 1858 Improvement in Breech-Loading Fire-Arms
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RE 1,156 March 26, 1861 Improvement in Firearms, assigned to The Merrill Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company
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RE 1,157 March 26, 1861 Improvement in Firearms, assigned to The Merrill Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company
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RE 1,158 March 26, 1861 Improvement in Firearms, assigned to The Merrill Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company
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RE 1,159 March 26, 1861 Improvement in Firearms, assigned to The Merrill Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company
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32,032 April 9, 1861 Improvement in Breech-Loading Fire-Arms, assingend to Merril Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company
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32,033 April 9, 1861 Improvement in Breech-Loading Fire-Arms, assingend to Merril Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company
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32,451 May 28, 1861 Improvement in Fire-Arms, assingend to Merril Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company
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33,536 October 22, 1861 Improvement in Breech-Loading Fire-Arms
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40,884 December 8, 1863 Improvement in Breech-Loading Fire-Arms, assingend to Merril Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company
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Founded Merrill, Latrobe & Thomas

See also Merrill Patent Fire Arms Manuacturing Company, Baltimore, Maryland

James H. Merrill was born in 1816 in Washington, D.C.. Since so about 1840, James worked with his brother William in Baltimore as gunsmith.

In 1860 Merrill sold 100 altered Jenks-Karbines to the Ordnance Department which returned them immediatement due to poor workmanship.

He altered 1400 Model 1842 muskets as well as Model 1816 flintlock muskets and Model 1853 Enfields to the Merrill system (breech-loader using paper ammunition).

Trial of some Merrill guns in 1860 in the earlier one his guns did not conconvinced. However, in an other trial hold four month later they were praised. Most likely as Major Robert E. Colston, responsible of that second trial disliked metallic cardridges as used in the Burnsides or Maynards.