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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "South African Gold Rush Nugget Mounted on a Gold Bar Brooch and a piece of native gold from pilgrim’s rest"
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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)
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