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    Colorado Ore Testing Kit and Mobile Assayer's Office. This interesting piece of Western mining memorabilia is the first of its type we have seen. It is a wooden trunk or valise with rope handles that measures 33" wide x 15" tall x 6.5" deep with steel reinforced corners. It is made of wood with a plywood veneer. The front has a painted inscription: "Oretest Assay Office Field Unit Cripple Creek & Victor Mining District. Lic. 7301 Cash Paid for Gold. U.S. Dollars Paid on the Spot! [crossed pick and hammer with letters C C V]". The other side has a stenciled logo of the "Oretest Assay Office Cripple Creek Colorado". The interior has all the tools, instruments and chemicals that an assayer would need to analyze raw ore brought to this "mobile field office" for possible sale. These include a British Bull Dog revolver (just in case some desperados attempted a heist), a pick, a large cast iron crucible, a stove or burner, a two-part cast iron circular pan, a set of graduated brass weights in a wooden holder, a glass-walled scale with an adjustment rod that extends through the sides), a leather case with seven different ore samples in threaded jars, a metal case with six earthenware mortars or crucibles and an empty brown glass bottle, an oiling can, two tin discs and two tin "candlestick-like" objects of unknown purpose, but obviously related to the job of assayer. There is some lifting and splintering of the plywood veneer, a diagonal crack in the left side of the glass-enclosed scale and the shelf holding the ore samples has been detached from the interior wall. It is difficult to pinpoint an age, but we would estimate it in the 1900-1920 period. The "Oretest" field office obviously saw its share of action and the objects in the kit reflect use over a long period. It seems to be complete with no missing components. We are not sure when the painted inscriptions on the outside of the case were applied. Accordingly, the estimate reflects its intrinsic value strictly as a Western mobile assayer's office. It weighs approximately 50 pounds and will require third part shipping.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2014
    14th Saturday
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