South African 'Gold Rush' Nugget Mounted on a Gold Bar Brooch and a piece of native gold from pilgrim’s rest
South African 'Gold Rush' Nugget Mounted on a Gold Bar Brooch and a piece of native gold from pilgrim’s rest

South African 'Gold Rush' Nugget Mounted on a Gold Bar Brooch and a piece of native gold from pilgrim’s rest

1800 to 1900 South Africa

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A Rare South African 'Gold Rush' Nugget Mounted on a Gold Bar Brooch and a piece of native gold from pilgrim’s rest
Circa 1885 – 1890

Sizes: 4cm wide – 1½ ins wide (brooch)
4cm wide, 3cm deep, 1.5cm high – 1½ ins wide, 1¼ ins deep, ½ ins high (nugget)
Provenance: Ex Private collection of Charl Marais born 1862 South Africa
On leaving school he studied land surveying and at the time of the 'gold rush' left Cape Town for the Transvaal. The gold nugget he had mounted on a brooch and gave as a present to his wife. The brooch and the piece of native gold passed by descent to his grandson who now lives in the UK. When a small boy his grandfather told him at Pilgrim's Rest the story of how gold was discovered in South Africa: The Boers set up some shooting targets next to some large rocks and when they fired their rifles to their amazement 'native gold' was found.
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 7, item no. 110a and 110b, for a Californian Gold Rush nugget brooch and a gold nugget from the Eagles Nest Mine, California
The first large gold deposits were discovered on the Rand in 1884, although the main reef series from which subsequently most of the gold has been obtained was not located until 1886. Unlike many goldfields there are practically no alluvial deposits carrying gold and all the gold secured has been won by means of underground mining. The district is situated on the great central plateau of South Africa some 5500 feet above sea level. With an excellent climate the countryside is hilly with a ridge running east and west, hence its name 'Rand' meaning elevated tract.
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