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    California Gold Rush: Weaverville Half-Plate Ambrotype. Cased half plate [4.25" x 5.5"] outdoor ambrotype of the well-known mining town of Weaverville, California. The visible signs include the "Miner's Hotel" at the far left (destroyed by fire in 1856), the "Exchange" building, D. M. Eber & Company (the first brick building in Weaverville, erected in 1854, serving as a bank and still standing), Rhodes & Whitney ("Highest Prices Paid For Gold Dust") and James S. McCain & Company. The street is populated with pack mules some of which are simply harnessed and others which carry bulging sacks. There are three men visible under the canvas awnings. The "Exchange" seems to have been a hardware, supplies or dry goods store, judging from the assembly of crates in front of the store. We see a strongbox in front of Rhodes & Whitney. A large train of pack animals in front of the first brick (fireproof) bank in the gold fields speaks for itself! Not to mention the assay office next door. The Weaverville district is a national registered location and features several of the original structures. This circa 1854-1856 image is a very evocative and fascinating "snapshot" into the California gold rush and its players. Some minor loss to central portion. Beautifully displayed in a full embossed paper photographic case with gold trim.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2019
    4th-5th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
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