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GEORGE B. SELDEN, PATENT LAWYER, INVENTOR1895 AUTOMOBILE, HENRY FORD

$400.00

Description

GEORGE BALDWIN SELDEN (1846-1922) SIGNED CARD, “George B. Selden”, on a card 4.5 x 3.5, by the patent lawyer and inventor who was granted a U.S. patent for an automobile in 1895. The card is dated in another hand at bottom left, Feb. 14, 1920, Rochester, N.Y. For a time as a lawyer he represent photography pioneer George Eastman in patent matters. Selden successfully invented a smaller, lighter weight internal combustion engine in 1878 and his 1879 patent application included not only the engine but more importantly its use in a four-wheel car. He then filed a series of amendments which delayed the final issue of the patent for 16 more years, when it was finally granted in 1895. Shortly thereafter the fledging auto industry began its first efforts, and George Selden, despite never having gone into production with a working model of an automobile, had a credible claim to have patented an automobile in 1895. He sold his patent rights and worked with the new owner to collect royalties on budding automobile manufactures. He also started his own manufacturing company under the name Selden Motor Vehicle Company. However Henry Ford and four other car makers resolved to contest the patent infringement suit that Selden had filed. The legal fight lasted 8 years and ended in victory for Selden. But, on appeal the Ford group won on the grounds that “the patent was valid but not violated”. Selden changed directions and started manufacturing trucks and his company was sold years later to another trucking company. In fine condition, with minor age toning.

$400   #12484