Saturday, 8 January 2022

California gold quartz canes

This cane presented by Carleton E. Watkins to his father in 1869 sold for $6,545 in 2011.
The art of fashioning gold quartz into objects is unique to the western United States, primarily California. Gold quartz canes appeared at the time of the California Gold Rush. Most gold quartz canes were presentation pieces. Never mass produced, gold quartz canes were created as an expression by individuals of high status.
One of the most famous coins from this era is the Horseman (Vacquero) design by Baldwin and Company of San Francisco.

Genuine, original Baldwin Horsemen are valuable. An example in uncirculated condition realized $195k at a Goldberg Auction.