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Old 11-04-2016, 01:37 PM
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Default Selden Patent 1895 Auto tag

I know all the historical info, but how good a find is this brass plate from 100 plus years ago? I am in California and I would guess these are more common in the East.

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Old 11-04-2016, 03:13 PM
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I know a little about that - the guy who tried to patent the idea of an automobile. I'd say it's a great find.

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Old 11-04-2016, 11:40 PM
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Thanks for the reply Doug. I found loads on the story, I was hoping for comments on the brass tag as a find.

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Old 11-05-2016, 11:07 AM
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Sounds like a cool find. Can you get a picture up Tom?

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Old 11-06-2016, 08:20 PM
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Just for you, Ron my first photo post.
I have found about a dozen wheat pennies, in the local field where I found this tag. I initially ignored it thinking it was a tag from common yard equipment. When I got home I read it and Googled it and was amazed at the history. The emerging automotive industry was held for ransom by Selden's patent. Every manufacturer had to pay a royalty to Selden to sell any car. Henry Ford nearly went broke fighting it. On January 9, 1911 the battle ended. Its a long story but it is a key patent law case and a milestone event in the automotive industry.

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Old 11-06-2016, 08:37 PM
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Very cool! Thanks Tom!

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Old 11-07-2016, 03:49 AM
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Wow, that's pretty cool for sure...

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Old 11-07-2016, 10:14 AM
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That's definitely an awesome find! Congrats!!
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Old 11-08-2016, 04:01 AM
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Very cool find.
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Old 11-10-2016, 09:46 AM
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That is a GREAT find. Congrats
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Old 11-11-2016, 07:54 AM
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That's a cool find

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Oh now that is neat!

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Pastor, that is SO beyond cool!

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Thanks, Glasshopper! The far left coast is not loaded with relics, but they are there! I came so close to missing this as an assumed piece of scrap. It really served as a reminder that every find needs a close look! We walk over a fortune in finds we never dig and may have tossed some of our best finds! Several times at a club meeting, I have had someone point to one of my display finds and say you know that's a gold filling or a key date coin even a gold jewelry piece that had the stamp so darn small I missed it!
Live and learn! Better to learn from the mistakes of others.
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