Lot 55(Mining) 1848 Government Report Gold Rush Discovery Maps. 2 maps, dated 1848, with detailed sketches of gold country; one of "Positions of the Upper and Lower Gold Mines on the South Fork of the American River, California"; the other titled "Gold & Quicksilver District of California, July 25th 1848" showing San Francisco Bay Area to Sierra Nevada (or "Snowy Mountains") showing where gold had been discovered; both maps in fair condition; both maps intended to accompany report to Congress; quite rare items (no photo).
Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 56(Mining) 1849 French Broadside "Gold Mines of California". Publicizing the gold rush to California, "Millions for a penny" and humorous ditty that needs expert translation; Very Rare.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 57(Mining) 1868 Hidden Treasure Mine, Nevada Assay Certificate. Assay Office of J.S. Currie, datelined Austin, Nev., April 1 1868, showing total value per ton of $2886, with silver ore specimen affixed and 5¢ green Nevada revenue stamp; framed, appears in excellent condition.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 58(Mining) 1868-1875 Archive of Austin Nevada Manhattan Silver Mine Letters. Dozens of manuscript letters, often discussing various business matters and correspondence with Henry Edgerton, Mill & Mine Supplies; patient reading will reveal much of interest (no photo).
Estimate $100 - 150.
Lot 59(Mining) Spanish Bar, Middle Fork, Nov 3, 1850 Sunday. Dateline on 2-page miner's letter from Milton Stevens to his mother Abby Stevens, with content regarding fixing dam…When I last wrote to you I then expected to go to the south but before leaving we had a heavy rain which swept all of the damns away on this river. The consequences was that their was a grate chance for those who was not engaged in damning wall. I fell in with on (them - sic) and have been very busy since., Tells of cholera being very bad in the cities, with additional notation in pencil…this contains the piece of Gold I spoke of with a piece of book paper attached by sealing wax to letter to hold the gold and three placer gold nuggets (now contained in an attached plastic holder, some tape stains), F.-V.F., a rare letter with the placer gold contents.
Estimate $500 - 750.