Heritage's American & Political Signature Auction takes place on November 8, so any history buff worth their salt should mark their calendars right away! The auction includes many important historical pieces from the United States, such as a rice paper printing of the Declaration of Independence and a hand stitched 13 star flag dating back to the Civil War.

However, one of the most important pieces in the sale is an early working model of Eli Whitney's cotton gin, with an opening bid of $10,000.

 

Rare and early example of Eli Whitney's cotton gin. Photo via Heritage Auctions Rare and early example of Eli Whitney's cotton gin. Photo via Heritage Auctions

Besides the machine itself, the lot includes a bill of sale, early photographs of the machine and several newspaper clippings from the time of its invention. The bill of sale for the example of the cotton gin states that it was made by Eli Whitney sometime between 1792 - 1794. However, Heritage's own experts do not believe that Whitney himself made it. It apparently does not follow an original patent for the machine and plenty of copies were made after the machine was first introduced.

Whether it was made by Whitney or not, this model is an important artifact from American history. It has been on display at the Atlanta Museum for over 60 years and was recently part of an exhibition at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Michigan. It has been pristinely preserved and appears to be in working condition.

Image #4, newspaper clipping. Photo via Heritage Auctions Image #4, newspaper clipping. Photo via Heritage Auctions

 

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