Gold Rush Auction

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Welcome to our Gold Rush sale of 2018!!

The sale features the Al Adams Gold Rush Memorabilia Collection
and a number of other prominent collections.

Mr. Adams has been collecting for over 40 years, and along the way assembled perhaps the best collection in private hands, making this sale a “Once in a Lifetime Event.” His specialty is an area few Americans ever knew about- the Georgia - North Carolina gold rush, c1799-1840’s, literally decades before the California Gold Rush. Just think about some of the great pieces in this collection:

*The first Gold Company stock certificate (1807)

*1830 Letter from Georgia Bank to US Mint asking what to do with the gold coming in

*Gold Lottery Tickets for Georgia land

*Gold Lot Deeds with Medals rarely seen by collectors

*Pigeon Roost Mining Co. scrip collection (1835-1838), possibly the finest assembled

*Belfast Mining Co. scrip collection (1830’s), finest assembled

*Dahlonega, Charlotte, San Francisco, Carson City, Denver, New Orleans, Philadelphia Mint gold bullion receipts

*Gold Rush era private assayer bullion receipts from California, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Arizona

*1840’s, 1850’s and 1860’s mining company stock certificates from both the east (Appalachian gold belt) and the West (California, Nevada, Colorado) – the best offering to date.

*Over two dozen different Nevada territorial stock certificates.

These tidbits are part of this unique sale, which makes it the best offering of its kind in history.

The Gold Rush sale is nothing short of phenomenal.

The Gold Rush Setting

Here is the setting under which the gold discoveries in Georgia and North Carolina were made:

…Imagine a world before the civil war, before the gold rush, right after the United States was formed. We had just created our first coinage in the early to mid 1790’s. As a country, we had just 16 states by 1800, which crept up to 24 states by 1821 and remained there for 15 years! Development of the areas south and west of and in the original 13 states was slow. It was called the “western frontier”. The “America” then consisted of Native Americans and expats from western Europe looking for a better life. Most were farmers or merchants. The “scientists” of the western world remained in western Europe. Mankind dint know much about geology- indeed, the first geologic map was printed in Europe in 1799, and it would take another 25-30 years before we had anything similar in America. The science of ore deposits was not well understood, and was only just recently out from under the mystique of Alchemy.

Enter the discovery of a gold nugget in North Carolina in 1799. It took fully 29 years before substantive gold discoveries were made in Georgia and North Carolina. Here is the amazing part- these discoveries were made from good-old American ingenuity. Not one single miner had an education in mining in Europe. As far as is known, not a single man in the Georgia, North Carolina gold rush had been a miner. These men developed the ability to look for gold and mining systems on their own in the American wilderness, a marvelous feat of accomplishment – a true iconic part of American ingenuity at its best.

More on the Auction

To add to this remarkable collection are hundreds of mining artifacts, including many collected from Georgia mines, as well as a fantastic Numismatic library inclusive of many rarities.

*Other collections featured include the collection of Robert Bennett, a well known mining geologist who spent a good part of his career working the Goldfield district. During his 45-plus year career, he collected high grade ore specimens from many major mines he was lucky enough to work on, and these are dutifully included in this sale, as are gold and fabulous turquoise specimens from longtime collector Jerry Gray of Carson City.

*Our friend Vern Potter, a national ephemera dealer known to all, retired from the business and gave us his massive collection, some of which is here, including gold rush era exchanges, important maps, and special documents you haven’t seen in decades (more in coming sales!). Added to this are pieces from the Ken Prag Collection, which keeps on coming with great rarities!

*Gold rush era coins, such as a complete Hart gold token set, -all graded and holdered; a number of Carson City coins; a fabulous 999 fine golden egg custom made for an Arizona collector in 1982; gold rush era soda bottles in hues of cobalt blue, teal, green from San Francisco, Sacramento and Savannah; Nevada mining camp bottles; Pawnee Bill full color posters – an integral part of Western history all supplement an otherwise terrific sale; and choice western mining photographs.

*Rare books with a mining theme are also present, from several collections, including the Robert Fulton collection (former head of Univ. Nevada, reno in the 1920’s). A key piece from one of the collections is an inscribed Sutro Tunnel book to Melville Atwood from the “Father of Arizona” Charles D. Poston.

*The mining stock certificate collections offered here are among the best ever offered by us. They include four major collections. including the Laguna Collection of rare Arizona stocks, part of a major Bodie collection, antique firearms, and rare Tahoe gaming chips.

*Western revenue checks with a focus on the Comstock Lode

Auction Schedule

Day One (Lots 1000-1755)
Numismatics (1000-1577)
U.S. Mint (1000-1068)
Coins & Coins Collectibles (1069-1208)
Ingots (1209-1215)
Currency, Scrip, & Currency Collectibles (1216-1357)
Checks & Exchanges (1358-1424)
Tokens (1425-1489)
Medals (1490-1553)
Scales (1554-1581)

Wells Fargo & Other Express (1582-1693)
Adams & Co. (1582-1606)
Wells Fargo (1607-1676)
Other Express (1677-1693)

World’s Fair & Expositions (1694-1707)

Gaming (1708-1728)

Jewelry & Watches (1729-1755)


Day Two (Lots 1756-1770) & (Lots 2000-2731)
Gold Nuggets & Specimens (1756-1770)
Minerals (2000-2149)
Mining Part I (2150-2731)
Assay (2150-2278)
Explosives (2279-2291)
Mining Lighting (2292-2298)
Mining Artifacts & Tools (2299-2231)
Mining Art (2232-2354)
Geographic (Alabama-California) (2355-2731)

Day Three (Lots 3000-3727)
Mining Part II
Geographic (Colorado-Foreign) (3000-3691)
Books (3692-3727)

Day Four (Lots 4000-4717)
Bottles (4000-4094)
Railroadiana (4095-4222)
Passes (4095-4176)
Ephemera (4177-4222)
Civil War (4223-4259)
Pawnee Bill Broadsides (4260 & 4261)
Firearms & Weaponry (4262-4315)
General Americana feat. California & Georgia Gold Rush Ephemera
Geographic Sort (4316-4637)
Miscellaneous incl. Art, General Store, Maps, & Books (4638-4717)





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Schooner Pictorial Billhead in 1868 from Suisun to San Francisco4450 - Schooner Pictorial Billhead in 1868 from Suisun to San Francisco
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Lewis Pierce Pictorial 1868 billhead. The schooner W. E. Anderson is carrying wheat from the central valley (Suisun) to San Francisco. Peter Anderson
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Fabulous Topaz Archive: Rickey Cattle Company Letters and Letterheads4451 - Fabulous Topaz Archive: Rickey Cattle Company Letters and Letterheads
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Large archive of Rickey Material. Includes Rickey Land and Cattle Company and Kirman & Rickey. Sixty items. All addressed to the State Bank &...
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Stereoview  American Views – Truckee City, Pacific Railroad4452 - Stereoview American Views – Truckee City, Pacific Railroad
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Unknown Photographer, slight staining on right margin with slight foxing on stereo view. Date: Location: Truckee City, California HWAC# 59676
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Historic Wilmington Billhead from Banning & Company4453 - Historic Wilmington Billhead from Banning & Company
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Banning & Company, forwarding and commission merchants. Received of JM Sanchez 10 bales of wool. Banning, California is named for Phineas Bannin...
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Import Document from JE Rene of San Francisco for Barrigues Vin rouge Wine4454 - Import Document from JE Rene of San Francisco for Barrigues Vin rouge Wine
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U. S. 25c Revenue Stamp is tied by a strong "J. E. Rene / San Francisco" oval stamp. The 1865 San Francisco Directory lists J Ernest Rene ...
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Wine Country Tax Record4455 - Wine Country Tax Record
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This 1862 Tax Record is for Boone Fly for $209.69. He had land on Carneros Creek. Fly was a rancher. Boone Fly was the first person to grow grapes on
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Yosemite Region Prints (5)4456 - Yosemite Region Prints (5)
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5 Dewing Publishing Co. Photogravures, 1) The Yosemite Falls by CD Robinson .5" left tear 2) Among the Big Trees of California by Henry Ihlefe...
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1854 Youngs Hill Liquor License for GW Barns.4457 - 1854 Youngs Hill Liquor License for GW Barns.
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1854 Youngs Hill was located on Beaver Creek, three miles north of Camptonville. Named for William Young, the first claimant in 1851. In 1852 it was m
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1854 Yuba County Peddlers License4458 - 1854 Yuba County Peddlers License
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Issued to Jacob Weil. "sell' has been crossed out and 'Peddle' has been handwritten in. Signed by treasurer, and soon to be Virgini...
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Gold Seekers Protection Knife4459 - Gold Seekers Protection Knife
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This 11" knife with a 6" blade is famous for its use by California Gold Rush gold seekers. Beautiful etched design on one side of knife. E...
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Original Currier and Ives California Color Print4460 - Original Currier and Ives California Color Print
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Original mid-1850s print by Currier and Ives entitled on the Coast of California. The view shows a cliff region with mountains surrounding, ships in t
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Currier & Ives Pictorial Reference4461 - Currier & Ives Pictorial Reference
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The world of Currier and Ives by Roy King and Burke Davis. Large-format, 1.5 x 2', 139 pages, indexed, full-size pictorial reference to the fabu...
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1846 Map of Upper or New California4462 - 1846 Map of Upper or New California
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This map was produced before the California Gold Rush and after 1840. Walker Pass is mention (c 1830). No gold rush locations are mention (c1849). Lak
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Map, "California Gold & Quicksilver Mining Survey, 1848"4463 - Map, "California Gold & Quicksilver Mining Survey, 1848"
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This is a choice early California Gold Rush Map. The map points out three rivers where gold was found at this point: Feather River, American River was
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Map of Oregon & Upper California, Gold Rush, 18484464 - Map of Oregon & Upper California, Gold Rush, 1848
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Map of Oregon & Upper California from the surveys of John Charles Fremont and other authorities, "This important and beautifully drawn map ...
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Map of Exploration of the West, 18544465 - Map of Exploration of the West, 1854
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Map of Exploration of the West by John Charles Fremont, Engraving by A. Zeese, 1854. This map was Drawn and Engraved Expressly for Fremont's Mem...
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Map of Public Surveys in California, 18544466 - Map of Public Surveys in California, 1854
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Map has a reproduced signature of California Surveyor General John (Coffee) Hays. This map was produced after the Mexican War of 1846-1848. This inter
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Map of California by County, 18554467 - Map of California by County, 1855
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Map engraving & color by J.H. Colton. Vivid color, nice condition, only slight tearing at bottom of map, does not encroach on map. This map has ...
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Map of California by Counties, 18604468 - Map of California by Counties, 1860
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Engraved & hand colored by Mitchell, p. 41, vivid color, very good condition (only slight tearing at left of map outside of the border, does not...
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Map of California, Nevada, Utah & Colorado, 18604469 - Map of California, Nevada, Utah & Colorado, 1860
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Rare! Choice, shows western forts & military preferred routes.Cartography & Color by Lithography, 1860, beautiful condition. "Bureau of...
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Map of Public Surveys in California & Nevada Territory by Surveyor General in 18634470 - Map of Public Surveys in California & Nevada Territory by Surveyor General in 1863
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Map of public surveys in California & Nevada : to Accompany Report of Surveyor Genl., 1863. Lith. of J. Bien, N.Y. Surveyor General's Office...
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Map of California & Nevada, 18754471 - Map of California & Nevada, 1875
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Engraved & Hand Colored by Gray, double truck pp. 118 & 119. Map has Yosemite Inset, rare map. Very good condition. On Mat Board (not adhere...
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Central Northern California Topo Maps, c1894-19154472 - Central Northern California Topo Maps, c1894-1915
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Group of 24 older topo maps of the mother lode region and surrounds.most are the older 1:125,000 series, but a few qre 1:62,500. Includes: Lassen Pea
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Coastal and Misc. California Old Topo Maps, c1894-19154473 - Coastal and Misc. California Old Topo Maps, c1894-1915
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Group of 24 of the old 1:125,000 series topo maps, circa 1894-1915. Only a few are 1:62,500, and those are from the first period (1915-47). This is a
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Map of California & Nevada, c.19004474 - Map of California & Nevada, c.1900
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Multi color map dated 1900 by Geo. F. Cram, Engraver and Publisher, from Chicago, Illinois. This is a beautiful map with vibrant color in excellent co
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Maps of the California Gold Regions by Wheat4475 - Maps of the California Gold Regions by Wheat
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A biblio-cartography of an important decade. Hardcover, 153pp with index. (Potter Collection) Date: 1942 Location: California HWAC# 59361
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Western Gold Rush Prints4476 - Western Gold Rush Prints
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Four beautifully framed with cloth mats images of the goldrush. All of these are from the 1855 railroad reports. Prints include panorama of San Franci
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Clifford Collection Sale: The Most Important Gold Rush Material Ever4477 - Clifford Collection Sale: The Most Important Gold Rush Material Ever
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This is a must have resource for any serious California Gold Rush collector. Four items. 1) Hard cover "California Pictorial Letter Sheets.&quo...
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Gold Fever by Ken Kutz4478 - Gold Fever by Ken Kutz
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Gold Fever by Ken Kutz, 1987. Hardbound with original dust jacket, 400 pages, indexed a great discussion of the Gold Rush using original philatelic po
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Gold Rush Books by Ship (3)4479 - Gold Rush Books by Ship (3)
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1) The Log of Apollo, Joseph Perkins Beach's Journal of the Voyage of the Ship Apollo, hardback; 2) Gold Fleet for California, by Bateson, hardb...
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Holden's Dollar Magazine Book (California Gold Rush Articles)4480 - Holden's Dollar Magazine Book (California Gold Rush Articles)
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Holden's Dollar Magazine of criticisms biographies, sketches and essays. Volumes three and four, 1849, William Dietz publisher New York. This ke...
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Letters of Gold by Jesse Coburn4481 - Letters of Gold by Jesse Coburn
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Letters of Gold by Jesse Coburn, 1984, hardbound, 389 pages, original dust jacket. Early compendium of Goldrush covers, a classic and critical referen
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Paddlewheel Days in California by Jerry McMullen4482 - Paddlewheel Days in California by Jerry McMullen
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Paddlewheel Days in California by Jerry McMullen with original dust jacket, Stanford press, 1944, second printing. Excellent condition. Key reference
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"A Live Woman in the Mines; or Pike County Ahead!" 1857 Gold Rush Play4483 - "A Live Woman in the Mines; or Pike County Ahead!" 1857 Gold Rush Play
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A Local Play in Two Acts. By "Old Block ", (pseudonym for Alonzo Delano). No. CXXX. The Minor [sic.] Drama. 36 pp. New York: Samuel French...
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"Pull Away Cheerily! (The Gold Diggers Song)"4484 - "Pull Away Cheerily! (The Gold Diggers Song)"
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Written and sung by Harry Lee Carter, in his entertainment of "The Two lands of Gold." Also sung by George Henry Russell. Composed by Henr...
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"The California Gold Diggers" Gold Rush Song4485 - "The California Gold Diggers" Gold Rush Song
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Original sheet music printed in 1849, “The California Gold Diggers” Song and chorus as sung by the Hutchinsons and Barkers with rapturous applause the
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California Gold Rush Books (2)4486 - California Gold Rush Books (2)
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2 hardcovers. A Stroll Through The Diggings of California by Kelly, 1950, 206pp, first edition. Gold Rush April 2, 1849-July 20, 1851 by Read & ...
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California Gold Rush Ephemera4487 - California Gold Rush Ephemera
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1851 Sacrament receipt with large stain. 3 1854 Auditor of Marysville Yuba County license receipts.1853 Charity Lodge check. 1858 Anderson and Co.Peta
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Gold Rush Songs Book4488 - Gold Rush Songs Book
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Put's Golden Songster, "Containing the largest and most popular collection of California Songs ever Published". Some songs are Sacram...
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Two Books of California Gold Rush Images4489 - Two Books of California Gold Rush Images
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Silver and Gold, cased images of the California gold rush. 1998. California Heritage, Oscar Lewis, 1949. Two classic California gold rush visual image
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The Zamorano Eighty by Kraus4490 - The Zamorano Eighty by Kraus
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Hardcover reprint of first edition. 1969. 66pp. "The Zamorano 80: A Selection of Distinguished California Books Made by Members of the Zamorano...
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A Tramp Through the Bret Hart Country by Beasley, Rare Copy4491 - A Tramp Through the Bret Hart Country by Beasley, Rare Copy
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Rare private press printing with rag edge. Inscribed RL Fulton 1914. From the collection of the former President of the Nevada Historical Society, Rob
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California History Book Set4492 - California History Book Set
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Extremely important set of Bancroft's works on the history of California, in seven volumes, 1542 to 1890. This seven volume set is the 1963 rep...
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California Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoons (8)4493 - California Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoons (8)
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8 California souvenir spoons-teaspoon, Capistrano Mission. 7 small-San Gabriel Mission, Santa Barbara, Catalina, Santa Barbara Mission, Hotel del Coro
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Great Collection of California Postmarks on USPOD Registered Packages4494 - Great Collection of California Postmarks on USPOD Registered Packages
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29 different postmarks from 22 different locations. Best are Coarse Gold Gulch 1892 (1878-1895), early Greenwood, 1881 purple Amador County Volcano, 1
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Interesting, Miscellaneous Early 1860's California Lot4495 - Interesting, Miscellaneous Early 1860's California Lot
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1) Lot of three. 1) Letter from Marysville, California in 1863. Acknowledging check received for $300/ From Marcus(?) Brothers to JW Brown. 2) 1862 Pe
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Land Affidavit Documents 1860's4496 - Land Affidavit Documents 1860's
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This is a small group of land affidavits and a declaration statement dated 1865/1867. They are handwritten and signed by Registrar S.B Ayer. Nice rea
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Postcards (3) & Anniversary Admission to Society of California Pioneers4497 - Postcards (3) & Anniversary Admission to Society of California Pioneers
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3 postcards,(1 with note on back to person in Gardnerville, NV dated 1911); 1 Admission to 30th Anniversary of Society of California Pioneers program
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Set of Lithographic Views of California Towns and other Book Club of California Ephemera4498 - Set of Lithographic Views of California Towns and other Book Club of California Ephemera
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3 different sets of ephemera from The Book Club of California. 1) Lithographic Views of California Towns 1875-1889, 10 sheets including Red Bluff, Nap
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Three Early Hand Written California Receipts (Sonora, Forest Hill, San Francisco)4499 - Three Early Hand Written California Receipts (Sonora, Forest Hill, San Francisco)
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1) April 17, 1851 receipt issued to Henry Teschachaer during the liquidation of Simmins Hutchins & Company. Signed by a clerk named Walls. 2) 18...
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