One of the founding partners of Pittsburgh’s Equitable Meter Company (sometime after 1883) was Civil War veteran Henry Holdship King, who was a cavalry Lieutenant and staff officer in 1862. He came to my attention as the man the mortally wounded Colonel James H Childs, 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry called to his side at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

This is Lieutenant King in August 1862, newly appointed acting Assistant Adjutant General on Colonel W.W. Averell’s brigade staff.

Henry King had a long and successful life, with careers as an oil man, lawyer, and manufacturer, in Denver, CO, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, PA, where he grew up, the son of a similarly-minded entrepreneur.

Here’s his obituary from the New York Times of 4 October 1932 (touch to enlarge).

The meter face pictured above was offered for sale on Etsy by MetalurgieVintage.

His August 1862 picture is from an Alexander Gardner group photograph of Averell and 3 of his officers, at the Library of Congress.

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