Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    James W. Marshall of Sutter's Mill Signature Card. This 2 ¾" x 5.25" index card is signed "Ja's W. Marshall" who is credited, as the card indicates, as "The Discoverer of Gold in California January 19th, 1848." The card depicts the site of his discovery, Old Sutter Mill, near Coloma. Marshall, born in Lambertville, New Jersey, farmed in Missouri before migrating to California where he engaged in cattle ranching. Upon his return from service in the Mexican War, his cattle had gone missing and his homestead fallen in disrepair, prompting him to work for Captain Sutter, building a saw mill and supervising a lumber operation. Despite his achievement, Marshall failed to capitalize on it and died in relative obscurity and poverty. His post-discovery careers included farming, operating a vineyard and appearing on the lecture circuit.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2010
    17th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 905

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 24 days left to consign to the 2018 September 30 Luxury Accessories Signature Auction - Beverly Hills!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Thanks a million for getting approval to sell my Civil War Hospital Death Ledger! You made them AND ME , a nice profit. You are the best!
    Ed W.,
    Mount Vernon, OH
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $619,240