Washington artifacts go up for auction

May 19, 2011 - 3:28 AM
Washington Artifacts Auction

This photo provided by Heritage Auctions shows pieces of a silver emblem from George Washington's coffin in Dallas May 16, 2011. An upcoming auction of items related to Washington features objects that have been passed down through generations of his relatives. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Heritage Auctions)

DALLAS (AP) — An upcoming auction of items related to George Washington features objects that have been passed down through generations of his relatives.

Items being offered Saturday by Heritage Auctions include instruments he used to survey land as a young man, pieces of his original coffin and a collection of documents such as letters, land deeds and wills.

Tom Slater, Heritage's director of Americana, says while items related to the nation's first president aren't rare, it is unusual to have pieces up for auction that have been kept in the family for so long.

The family is also offering a compass expected to sell for more than $40,000. A Gunter's Scale, a 24-inch wooden ruler that was a precursor to the slide rule, is expected to sell for more than $30,000.