RICHARD J. GATLING - CHECK ENDORSED 10/24/1857 - HFSID 295249
Sale Price $1,360.00
RICHARD J. GATLING
The inventor of the Gatling Gun endorses a check for 300.00, handsomely framed with two images of Gatling to 12x15.
Check Endorsed: "R.J. Gatling", 7¼x3. Indianapolis, Indiana, 1857 October 24. Check No. 3, signed by Solomon Hairess, payable to R.J. Gatling for $300.00. Framed and matted with two images of Gatling and a laser copy of the front of the check to 12x15. By the 1850s, Richard J. Gatling (1818-1903) had become wealthy from agricultural inventions such as machines for sowing rice and wheat. He is best known for inventing the rapid-fire Gatling gun, the first practical machine gun, patented in 1862, the year The Gatling Gun Company was founded in Indianapolis. The Gatling Gun Company moved to Hartford in 1874 when he struck a deal with the Colt Patent and Firearms Company of Hartford to manufacture the device, by then in great demand by the U.S. Navy and Army for various purposes. Gatling moved to Hartford with his family that year, and stayed until his company was officially merged with Colt in 1897, at which time he moved to New York City. Signature with two horizontal lines drawn through it (a standard check cancellation practice of the time). Overall, fine condition.
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