Lot 147: American carpenter (1810–1885) who discovered gold in California's American River while constructing a mill for John Sutter, setting the stage for the California Gold Rush. Rare ink signature, "Ja's W. Marshall," on an off-white 5.25 x 2.75 souvenir autograph card featuring an image of Old Sutter Mill with printed text below reading, "The Discoverer of Gold in California, January 19th, 1848." In very good condition, with a tear extending from the bottom edge into his middle initial, moderate soiling, and a few creases. Marshall never profited from the discovery and later turned to selling these souvenir cards to supplement his income.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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