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    Spanish Bar, Auburn Ravine

    Identified and Dated Half Plate Daguerreotype California Gold Mining Scene Very fine quality and condition, unknown/unpublished. Neatly engraved in script on the lower left quadrant, "George Lester & Co. July 2nd 1852", although it is unknown if this is the photographer, or the name of the mining company. Engraved vertically down the left side is "Spanish Bar Auburn Ravine". The Auburn Ravine goldmines were some of the richest in the area; gold was first discovered there on May 16, 1848, by a young Frenchman named Claude Chana. Less than a month later, a group of Mormon miners found gold at what would become known as Spanish Bar in the middle fork of the American River. In this image, four men with shovels work sluice boxes in a deep trench. Interestingly on the earthen bank is a musket, propped on a rock, in a readily accessible position. A classic, very fine, California gold mining daguerreotype with the added considerable rarity of the ID, date, and place; certainly worthy of diligent research.

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    Nov-Dec, 2011
    30th-1st Wednesday-Thursday
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