Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Real Holy Grail of Buckles?

I just received an email from a pretty knowledgeable gold rush buckle collector and he claims I might be barking up the wrong grail. Seems he thinks the buckles pictured below just might be the top dogs of the California gold rush buckles.

I have to admit both the stamped and the cast miner buckles are a little rarer than the Eureka buckle. I actually dug examples of both of these buckles here in Sierra County but sold them to a fellow collector many years ago. I just couldn't get past the fact that the miners face on the buckles looked more like a grizzly bear than a person. Of course I was a lot younger and a bit dumber then....... Sure wish I had them back......

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