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    Virginia City, Nevada: An Important 1874-Dated, Twice-Presented Gold Headed Cane with Two Gold Quartz Inlays. Engraved on both sides of the handle: "Presented to J. M. Miner by Jas. Hallinger / Virginia City, Nev. Dec. 3rd 1874." Apparently Miner "re-gifted" the cane, as the underside of the handle is engraved: "Presented by Miner to Neff." Unfortunately our research has failed to disclose the identity or importance of these three individuals. However, it may be presumed that there was some connection which led Miner to consider Neff an appropriate recipient for a cane he had received from Hallinger.

    Inset into the "knee" of the handle is an attractive specimen of gold quartz measuring 0.75" x 1". Two old cracks detract minimally. A second oval piece of gold quartz of approximately the same size is sent into the end of the handle. Very nice appearance, but one fault near the edge seemingly a result of a natural weakness in the stone, and one minor edge chip. Overall condition of the cane is excellent, with very light wear apparent on the engraved panels from use. Length 34". Quality collectibles from the Comstock Lode era in Virginia City are always in demand, and that this is a beautiful example for cane collectors and Nevada specialists alike.


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    May, 2011
    21st Saturday
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