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#144 - Richard Gatling

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“My gun was first patented in 1862, but I have taken out eight patents for improvements”
Description                           Estimate: $1,500+          

ALS signed “R. J. Gatling,” one page, 5 x 7.75, January 12, 1894. Written from Hartford, Connecticut, a letter to Lee Slyman, in full: “In compliance with your request I will say, my gun was first patented in 1862, but I have taken out eight patents for improvements in it and in its feed since the above date.” In fine condition, with mounting remnants affixed to reverse. A year after inventing his famous rapid-fire multi-barrel gun, Gatling achieved the first of his many patents for the weapon on November 4, 1862. In his original patent order, he asserts that the ‘object of this invention is to obtain a simple, compact, durable, and efficient firearm for war purposes, to be used either in attack or defence, one that is light when compared with ordinary field-artillery, that is easily transported, that may be rapidly fired, and that can be operated by few men.’ After several modifications, Gatling’s gun—a hand-cranked, breech-loading cannon with ten revolving barrels capable of firing 250 rounds a minute—served as in indispensable source of military might, and helped change the tides of the Civil War in favor of the Union forces. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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