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California Gold Rush sunken treasure from 'Ship of Gold' that sank in 1857 will be displayed in Reno

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Historic items from the S.S. Central America going on public display in Reno July 28-31 include a Wells Fargo treasure box lid, gold jewelry, jeans that may have been made by Levi Strauss, vintage ornate bottles and a "Mona Lisa of the Deep" photo.

RENO, Nev. - eTradeWire -- .After a century and a half on the ocean floor, nearly 1,000 historic California Gold Rush-era sunken treasure items from the 1857 sinking of the fabled "Ship of Gold," the S.S. Central America, have been brought together again and are in northern Nevada. Many of the important artifacts will be publicly exhibited for the first time during the National Antique Bottle Convention (fohbc.org/national-convention), July 28 through 31, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno.

"Among the notable, recovered items are the lid to the oldest known Wells Fargo treasure shipment box; 1857 clothing including a pair of the earliest known Gold Rush-era canvas work pants jeans with a button fly that may have been made by Levi Strauss in his early years in business; photographs; jewelry made from California Gold Rush 'mother lode' native gold in quartz as gemstones; and, of course, bottles," said Fred Holabird, president Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC (HolabirdAmericana.com) of Reno, Nevada.

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"There is even a key to the ship's wine storage room and an S.S. Central America brass name tag attached to a set of keys that belonged to the ship's purser. We believe these were for the locked room where the gold treasure cargo was kept," he explained.

One of the important, recovered jewelry items is a large 18-karat gold quartz engraved brooch that prominent San Francisco businessman Samuel Brannan was sending to his son in Geneva, Switzerland, as a gift to the son's teacher.

"These historic items are a time capsule from the California Gold Rush," Holabird stated. The recovered artifacts will be offered in public auctions in October and November by Holabird Western Americana Collections.

"These incredible artifacts that were in secure storage in three different states are now giving us a glimpse of Gold Rush-era daily life for passengers and crew in the 1850's," said Dwight Manley, Managing Partner of the California Gold Marketing Group of Brea, California, which owns the recovered items.

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Some 19th-century photographs were also recovered. One daguerreotype metal plate photograph of an unidentified young woman was nicknamed, "Mona Lisa of the Deep," by the scientific mission recovery team that retrieved the mysterious photo from the seabed where it was discovered in a scattered pile of the ship's coal.

To learn more, visit www.HolabirdAmericana.com,

Fred Holabird

Source: Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC
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