THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, TO ALL TO WHOM THESE LETTERS PATENT SHALL COME: WHEREAS LUTHER GALE, A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, HATH ALLEGED THAT HE HAS INVENTED A NEW AND USEFUL IMPROVEMENT IN THE BARK MILL...[caption title].

[Np, but likely Washington. 1813]. Broadside, 11 1/2 x 18 inches. Large woodcut seal of the United States in upper blank margin. Backed with tissue paper. Light fold lines, light foxing. Good. Expertly matted, and protected with Mylar sheet. Item #WRCAM34468

This copy bears the faint signature in the lower margin of patentee Luther Gale. A broadside announcement of James Madison's granting of a patent for the improvement of the bark mill to Luther Gale. The bark mill was of vital importance to tanners, since the bark was used in the tanning process. The broadside has a handsome woodcut version of the Great Seal of the United States. It was Madison, along with Charles Pinckney, who introduced the first U.S. patent law during the 1787 Constitutional Convention. Rare. Not in Rink nor on OCLC, although Rink does locate another Gale "bark mill" broadside.

Price: $850.00