Gold Rush Auction

Auction Details

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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Four 1860 San Francisco Billheads4400 - Four 1860 San Francisco Billheads
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) Reynolds & Howell of 79 Davis Street. Produce commissioners according to the 860 San Francisco Directory. 2) JK Prior, gas fixture and plumbi...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (50.00 + 12.50) x 1 = 62.50
 
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James King of William signed 'San Francisco City Stocks'4401 - James King of William signed 'San Francisco City Stocks'
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Two RARE San Francisco City Stocks Certificates. Signed by King James of William, John W Geary, PA Morse, CJ Tallant, and William Hooper. Both are glu
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to 8*****M for (300.00 + 75.00) x 1 = 375.00
 
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James King of William Gold Rush Ephemera with Extremely RARE Original Auction Catalog4402 - James King of William Gold Rush Ephemera with Extremely RARE Original Auction Catalog
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James King of William (1822-1856) was a crusading San Francisco, California newspaper editor whose shooting death in 1856 resulted in the establishmen
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Start Price : 750.00 | Estimates : 1,500.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Join the Clipper Ship Fearless on a voyage to San Francisco4403 - Join the Clipper Ship Fearless on a voyage to San Francisco
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The Fearless is leaving Boston and headed to San Francisco.It includes one box of machinery? The box has been sent by Denio & Roberts. An ad in ...
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Clipper Card for the Alice M. Minott with Howes, Master4404 - Clipper Card for the Alice M. Minott with Howes, Master
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George D. Sutton's Clipper Line. New Extra-Built Clipper Ship. ON HER SECOND VOYAGE TO SAN FRANCISCO. (This would have been a good sell as it wo...
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Clipper Card for the Asia with Cowen at the Command4405 - Clipper Card for the Asia with Cowen at the Command
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First Clipper for San Francisco. Only 896 tons registered. Will sail full or not full. Small, sharp strictly first-class clipper ship. Loading on pier
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Start Price : 250.00 | Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Steamer Vanderbilt - The Pride of the American Navy4406 - Steamer Vanderbilt - The Pride of the American Navy
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This is a coverless, stampless letter. It was sent on November 2, 1858 from Glasgow, scotland to Daniel Gibbs & Company of San Francisco. Has tw...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to C*****r for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Streamer Broadspire 'Bound for San Francisco'4407 - Streamer Broadspire 'Bound for San Francisco'
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North American Steamship Company. Leaves from Pier 29 on the North River in New York. Travel on the Fulton, Oregonian, Nevada, America, Dakota, Santia
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (250.00 + 62.50) x 1 = 312.50
 
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San Francisco Gold Rush Letter Re: Clipper Ship "Witchcraft"4408 - San Francisco Gold Rush Letter Re: Clipper Ship "Witchcraft"
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Datelined San Francisco, Dec. 22, 1854. Addressed to a firm in Boston, the letter discusses two cases of merchandise consigned on the ship "Wit...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to c*********p for (85.00 + 21.25) x 1 = 106.25
 
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Shipping Receipt for the Steamer "Gold Hunter' from Boston to San Francisco4409 - Shipping Receipt for the Steamer "Gold Hunter' from Boston to San Francisco
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This is a pay load for the ship "Gold Hunter." What a great name! It is for 353 bundles of iron and 98 bars of iron. Together they weighed...
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Shipping Receipts from H. & W. Pierce (4)4410 - Shipping Receipts from H. & W. Pierce (4)
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4 shipping receipts from H. &W. Pierce to Liverpool, England on the steamships Alexander, Detroit and Heried for wheat shipments. Date: 1868-1...
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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 250.00
 
 
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Sloop P. M. Randall Jr. headed to San Francisco4411 - Sloop P. M. Randall Jr. headed to San Francisco
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Delivering 1920 sacks of wheat. Lewis Pierce Company. Master is Amos Hewitt. Rare to have a sloop. Vignette. 1865. (Potter Collection) Date: 1865
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1852 San Francisco Steamer Heath Certificate for Arriving People4412 - 1852 San Francisco Steamer Heath Certificate for Arriving People
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"This is to certify that the bearer ____ was a passenger on Board the Mail Steamship _____ that he has paid the Health Fee of One Dollar, requi...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to T******1 for (40.00 + 10.00) x 1 = 50.00
 
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Steamship Agent License4413 - Steamship Agent License
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1897 steamship agent license in San Francisco. 1" left tear, top chip missing, water stain mostly visible on rear. Date: 1897 Location: San...
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Three Shipping Documents for Ships Headed to San Francisco4414 - Three Shipping Documents for Ships Headed to San Francisco
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The ship Brother mastered by Reid. Anchored in the Thames. Heading to San Francisco. This is forty twenty cases of alkali. 2) Ship Lookout mastered by
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Pacific Land Company Stock Certificate, 18634415 - Pacific Land Company Stock Certificate, 1863
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Inc. February 26th, 1863, less than a month before this certificate was issued. No. 64, issued for 5 shares to Mary Woodruff Parker on March 17, 1863.
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to m*****2 for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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San Francisco Savings Union Archive, 1862-c19154416 - San Francisco Savings Union Archive, 1862-c1915
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Rarely does an original western banking archive come out of the woodwork, and one has here. Not only that, it is an important "first" as w...
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Start Price : 750.00 | Estimates : 1,500.00 - 3,500.00
 
 
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San Francisco, CA Post Office Framed Lithograph4417 - San Francisco, CA Post Office Framed Lithograph
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Lithograph of the San Francisco post office, 19th-century. Entitled post office, San Francisco, California. By HF Cox of Delaware, lithograph of Willi
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to T******1 for (600.00 + 150.00) x 1 = 750.00
 
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California Gold Rush Collection4418 - California Gold Rush Collection
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Lot of four. 1) 1858 treasurer's report from Santa Clara County, To William Daniel. 2) 1862 State Land Office to Alfred M Jamison for 20% down o...
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Start Price : 25.00 | Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
 
 
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California Gold Rush Cover with Rare Stamp Usage4419 - California Gold Rush Cover with Rare Stamp Usage
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October 1865 mailed cover to Cornwall, England from San Francisco. "Via Panama" written in upper left. Unusual vertical pair of 24 cent st...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (275.00 + 68.75) x 1 = 343.75
 
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Fort Vigilant Pictorial Letter Sheet: Baird 834420 - Fort Vigilant Pictorial Letter Sheet: Baird 83
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Shows two scenes. The first is the rooms used by the Vigilance committee on Sacramento Street. Gunnybags in front, soldier and cannons on roof, sign f
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Estimates : 500.00 - 800.00
Sold to C*****r for (400.00 + 100.00) x 1 = 500.00
 
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Springfield, Tuolumne County pictorial Letter Sheet: Baird 2574421 - Springfield, Tuolumne County pictorial Letter Sheet: Baird 257
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Very nice condition with no apparent issues. G. H. Goddard (appears as C. H. Goddard) of Sonora. Lithograph by Britton & Rey of San Francisco. S...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to C*****r for (425.00 + 106.25) x 1 = 531.25
 
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Baird's Book "California's Pictorial Letter Sheets"4422 - Baird's Book "California's Pictorial Letter Sheets"
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The go-to guide for collecting and researching California Pictorial Letter Sheets. From Mud Springs to James King of William, from Fort Vigilance to E
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to C*****r for (180.00 + 45.00) x 1 = 225.00
 
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Mercantile Gazette & Shipping Register Lettersheet, Gold Rush4423 - Mercantile Gazette & Shipping Register Lettersheet, Gold Rush
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No. 37. San Francisco, December 4th, 1857. Per Mail Steamer Golden Age. Covers: Wholesale Prices & Duties; a Review of the Market ("Candles...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to C*****r for (60.00 + 15.00) x 1 = 75.00
 
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Letter addressed to 16 Year Old Working on a Ship of Some Sort4424 - Letter addressed to 16 Year Old Working on a Ship of Some Sort
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1851 letter from a father to his 16 year old son working on a ship out of San Francisco. In care of GN Shaw & Company. This company was Commissi...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to u********y.. for (65.00 + 16.25) x 1 = 81.25
 
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1851 California Gold Rush Letter4425 - 1851 California Gold Rush Letter
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2+ page letter from a lawyer asking the recipient to be prepared to pay "John" what is due him. There is mention of a $5,000 Ward & Co...
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Palmer, Cook & Company and Grand Theft4426 - Palmer, Cook & Company and Grand Theft
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Palmer, Cook & Company was established in 1849. It is said that no pirate or thief ever matched this company for the amount of money that was st...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to d*******B for (350.00 + 87.50) x 1 = 437.50
 
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Put’s Original California Songster4427 - Put’s Original California Songster
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Published by D. Appleton & Co. San Francisco, 1868. Soiled cover, all pages in tact. A marvelous 64 page compendium of gold rush songs about the...
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Start Price : 250.00 | Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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San Francisco Savings and Loan 1859 Installment Note4428 - San Francisco Savings and Loan 1859 Installment Note
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You don't see this everyday. Number 21. Published by Gillespie & Gray. Installment fo $52,60 on $1280.60. Signed by G. Street. Pictorial of ...
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Two Gold Rush San Francisco Newspapers4429 - Two Gold Rush San Francisco Newspapers
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Both are San Francisco Daily Herald. Both are typically fragile for newsprint this old, and include small rips (1" or less) at fold intersectio...
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Two Rare Gold Rush Newspapers4430 - Two Rare Gold Rush Newspapers
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1) Daily Alta. August 11, 1852. Main article is on the immigration of Americans from Panama and San Juan del Sud. "With every new case of suffe...
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The California Star; Reprint of First Year Newspaper in 18474431 - The California Star; Reprint of First Year Newspaper in 1847
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What a great early, pre-Gold Rush California reference work. This was published by Howell-North Books of Berkeley in 1965. Yerba Buena was the first n
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8*****M for (110.00 + 27.50) x 1 = 137.50
 
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Original Will and Fink Barbers Chair4432 - Original Will and Fink Barbers Chair
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Will & Fink was one of the West's finest cutlery manufacturers. This Will & Fink chair, 19th century, has been beautifully refinished an...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 4,000.00
Sold to t********u.. for (4,500.00 + 1,125.00) x 1 = 5,625.00
 
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Shreve & Company 20" Mirrored Tray4433 - Shreve & Company 20" Mirrored Tray
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This incredible piece from one of San Francisco's most renowned silversmiths measures 20" from candle holder to candle holder. Incorporated...
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Start Price : 1,500.00 | Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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William Sharon's Palace Hotel , 2 Stereoviews by Watkins4434 - William Sharon's Palace Hotel , 2 Stereoviews by Watkins
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William Sharon's Palace Hotel . One exterior and one interior from the Watkins' Pacific Coast collection of stereo views. The Palace Hotel w...
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William Sharon's Palace Hotel Stereoview by Watkins4435 - William Sharon's Palace Hotel Stereoview by Watkins
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Exterior view, left image foxing. Date: Location: San Francisco, California HWAC# 61212
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Controller's 1851 Receipt (when the Capital was in San Jose)4436 - Controller's 1851 Receipt (when the Capital was in San Jose)
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In 1851 the state capital was in San Jose! Number 2579 from the State Treasurer's office. For $136.70. For James B Devoe on April 15, 1851. On M...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to L***1 for (130.00 + 32.50) x 1 = 162.50
 
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State Capital, State Printer, State Controller document4437 - State Capital, State Printer, State Controller document
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J. Winchester was the state printer in 1850. And San Jose was the capital of California in 1850 and 1851. He is being paide $100. John S Houston was t
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to L***1 for (110.00 + 27.50) x 1 = 137.50
 
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San Mateo Coursing Association Stock Certificate, 18994438 - San Mateo Coursing Association Stock Certificate, 1899
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Coursing is the pursuit of game or other animals by dogs—chiefly greyhounds and other sighthounds—catching their prey by speed, running by sight, but
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Jose L Sepulveda Signature4439 - Jose L Sepulveda Signature
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Dated July 6, 1866. Signed by the former mayor of Los Angeles and owner of the Palos Verdes estate. Addressed to Mr. Aug W. Timms of San Pedro. One of
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to p******i for (150.00 + 37.50) x 1 = 187.50
 
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Jose L. Sepulveda Spanish Note4440 - Jose L. Sepulveda Spanish Note
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Jose Loreto Sepulveda was the mayor of Los Angeles from 1837 to 1848. He was the Grantee of the Rancho de los Palos Verde. Note is dated July 10, 186
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to p******i for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Letter signed by Jose L. Sepulveda (In Spanish)4441 - Letter signed by Jose L. Sepulveda (In Spanish)
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Jose Loreto Sepulveda was the mayor of Los Angeles from 1837 to 1848. He was the Grantee of the Rancho de los Palos Verde. Note is dated June 14, 186
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to p******i for (200.00 + 50.00) x 1 = 250.00
 
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Dramatic Abel Stearns Signed Note in Spanish4442 - Dramatic Abel Stearns Signed Note in Spanish
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Very historical piece of paper signed by Abel Stearns. In Spanish makes this even more interesting! Abel Stearns (1798 – 1871) was a trader who came t
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Start Price : 200.00 | Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
 
 
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1876 Patent for Santa Cruz Saw Mill4443 - 1876 Patent for Santa Cruz Saw Mill
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No. 147. Office of the U.S. Assistant Treasurer. Dateline San Francisco, Sept. 27, 1876. James S. Howe of Santa Cruz has deposited $15 on account of P
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Estimates : 80.00 - 100.00
Sold to c********r.. for (140.00 + 35.00) x 1 = 175.00
 
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Scott Valley Land Purchase for ranch where the Etna Brewery was Started4444 - Scott Valley Land Purchase for ranch where the Etna Brewery was Started
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O Asa White is selling his share of the ranch of White & Hartstrand to PA Hartstrand. The Hartstrand Ranch was located three miles east of Etna....
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to i*****l for (140.00 + 35.00) x 1 = 175.00
 
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Stereoview of Sierra City4445 - Stereoview of Sierra City
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#159 Sierra City, Cal. View from above town. Staining on right side of mat does not encroach on view & faint foxing on stereoview. Date: L...
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Smith's Flat Toll Road Manuscript Receipt4446 - Smith's Flat Toll Road Manuscript Receipt
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Received from WN Harvey $200 on account collected on the Smith's Flat Toll Road. Signed by JL Perkins for GW Swan. March 1, 1864. Harvey must ha...
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Smith's Flat Toll Road Taxes (1866) near Placerville4447 - Smith's Flat Toll Road Taxes (1866) near Placerville
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This is for the "Two and one half miles of Toll Road beginning at the Toll House on Smiths flat and running E. to the Five Mile House. Also 2 m...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8*****M for (30.00 + 7.50) x 1 = 37.50
 
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IOOF Stockton 1850's Paperwork4448 - IOOF Stockton 1850's Paperwork
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Lot of eight. Four receipts (William Olison, LJ Kellen, JY Brown, Charles O Borton) for weekly dues. One 1853 certificate for Richard Fowler that he h
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Swans Toll Road in Strawberry Valley4449 - Swans Toll Road in Strawberry Valley
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El Dorado County tax receipt for Swans Toll Road in Strawberry Valley. The road was appraised at $44,065.00 and the tax was $4189.75. It ran east from
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Sold to B*********g for (50.00 + 12.50) x 1 = 62.50
 
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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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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to 6*****b for (600.00 + 150.00) x 1 = 750.00
 
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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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