Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    General John Thompson (Inventor of the Tommy Gun) Autograph Letter Signed "Jno. T. Thompson." One page, 5" x 8", Springfield Armory Stationery, Springfield, Massachusetts, October 29, 1903. This letter was written to Mr. Albert H. Cole in Peru, Indiana; it reads in part, "…I appreciate very much your sending me an invitation for your graduation exercises some time ago. The best thing I could wish you is that you may make as fine a man, in every respect, as your father. I hope that you and my boy (now at West Point) may meet sometime…" John Thompson developed his ideas for the Thompson Sub-machine gun over several years throughout the Spanish-American War and World War I. Shortly after his death at the very beginning of WWII, large numbers of the Tommy Gun were ordered and used extensively during that war.

    The letter is in very fine condition; usual folds are present; slight age discoloration on the left and lower edge; has been deacidified. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2006
    20th-21st Monday-Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 876

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 May 22 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The pre and post sales experience was wonderful and flawless. Heritage has the best in-house operation I have ever seen and their people are not only professional but fun to work with, especially Steve C.

    As for Heritage's online system… Yes the interface is more complex than what we are used to with SAN but what is behind that interface is amazing for sellers and buyers alike. It is real time and for a real serious auction buyer there is nothing better in the auction industry, bar none.
    Ron Cipolla,
    AZ
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,022,424