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2985B Boston
March 4, 2017 10:00AMCalender

California Gold Quartz Presentation Cane

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2985B Location: Boston Date / Time: March 04, 2017 10:00AM


California Gold Quartz Presentation Cane, c. 1860, gold knob inlaid on the top with polished quartz with gold in the matrix, the side panels engraved to depict a miner with a shovel, a rider on horseback, an Indian holding a bow, and a cowboy twirling a lasso; engraved on the side of the knob with three presentation inscriptions reading: "S.C. Fogus to A.C. Wilgus California," "Mrs. Lucy Wilgus to John Tudor Miller 1889," and "John Tudor Miller to Thomas Evans Oct. 1889," on a figured snakewood shaft with white metal ferrule and iron tip, lg. 34 1/8 in.

Provenance: Tradewinds Antique Cane Auction, April 26, 2014, Lot 2.

Note: Shelton C. Fogus arrived in California in 1849 and set up a general store in Sacramento where he was a merchant until he moved to Virginia City, Nevada, to prospect for gold.
Estimate $6,000-8,000

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Tradewinds, Thomas Evans, Lucy Wilgus, Shelton C. Fogus, John Tudor Miller, Sacramento, Virginia City, Dielectrics, Ferrule, KNOB, Manufacturing, Matter, Physical universe, Quartz, Snakewood, Walking stick