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 By jamiehout

11/28/2010  5:51PM

Like to do Museum day some time
 By StevenJ1989

11/25/2010  4:25PM

needs kind to understand culture, where should i go
 By bluejay

09/19/2010  11:32AM

Just a reminder: if you have never listened to east Texas Mike voice his opinion it is well worth the experience.

Mike is interviewed each Sunday night on by Charley Jones at about 10.06 P.M. Pacific time.

Pod broadcasts of previous Sundays night conversations with Mike is available on demand.
 By Michael Miller

09/17/2010  5:09PM

Her is another, "I wonder if" about Rita Hosking. While refiling and organizing our Sixteen to One maps, I noticed (for the first time) the name Hosking Raise. It was in the early days in the upper workings and south of the Sixteen to One shaft. I was not familiar with the Hosking name (or a Hosking who worker as a miner) until Rita hit the KVMR FM radio.

Thinking of names in the past, does anyone know of an off spring of Tom Bradbury? Tom, the founder of the Sixteen to One vein in 1896, is buried in the Alleghany cemetery. I wish to honor his mining prowess with a large white quartz rock that was brought to our office from deep underground. Is it necessary to get approval from an ancestor before extending this honor to him?
 By Rae Bell

09/17/2010  12:39PM

Look under "news" for a recent article about Rita.
 By Rick

09/16/2010  7:30PM

Martin...are you linked into FaceBook? This is a great question for Rita on that forum. I know she comes from a mining background.
 By martin newkom

09/16/2010  1:58PM

I wonder if the Hosking fam.
mentioned had relatives in Yuba
and Sutter Counties?
 By Rick

09/08/2010  7:38PM

Well, good things happen to those of us who have faith and perseverence!

Facebook just announced Rita and Sean's release of the CD recorded live underground in the Original Sixteen to One Mine and they all instantly sold out.

Check Rita Hosking on FB. HUGE NEWS from both the creative front and the underground workings!!!
 By Michael Miller

08/03/2010  6:01PM

The following letters (exchanged 22 years ago) between Bill Fuller and me have as great or greater relevance today. Our efforts to complete the maintenance of the 1000 foot level into the Red Star are only months away. Mining here has been my primary gold target since 1975. I was able to study the maps and records from three different operators. It is a hot area!

History will record Bill Fuller as one of the most competent geologist in the Alleghany Mining District. His knowledge and experiences go way beyond his academic training. He was our company geologist as well as the geologist for the Oriental Mine. He transcends other great men who worked in Alleghany: Henry G. Ferguson, Roger W. Gannet and H.R. Cooke. (See “NEWS” 12-31-2009 on Forum for more).

I hope you gain some insight into Alleghany, the pursuit of gold and our operation. Study them if interested. When the crew’s drill spits out golden corn flakes, I plan to raise a glass in memory of Willard P. Fuller, Jr.

Willard P. Fuller, Jr.
Mining Geologist

San Andreas, CA. 95249
July 17, 1988
Dear Mike:

I feel that I should reply personally to your memorandum of July 14th to the Directors.

As to the Company’s goals and policies, I have been on the board only for a short time, and I am not all sure what they are, not having participated in most of the discussions to which to refer.

You state that “Our goal is to produce gold at a profit in order to pay a dividend”, and “Our policy is to protect and enhance the assets of the company…” I agree with the policy statement, but wonder just what the goals are.

I would think that one of our primary goals would be to reinstate dividends. This can only be done by achieving a net profit. So how do we do this?

You suggest that we should try to do this by gold mining on company account, and you project an average annual production of 10,000 ounces for some fifteen years or more. I would like to point out from flaws in your “scenario.” A level of 10,000 or better was consistently obtained by the old company for many years, and I assume that you are using this performance for the basis of projection. So did Royal Gold for the Kanaka lease! This rate of production was maintained in a smoothly operating mine with a highly experienced staff and crew, in a mine that was well developed and which contained no reserves, as such, but a number of blocks of ground with known “prospects” and the promise of production

The Red Star South Block still contains some possibilities of production, but I think that the total that might reasonably be expected above the 1500 level would be within the range of 1000 to 5000 ounces. I note that last January you were hopeful of achieving 500 ounces or more by mid-1989, which I agreed was quite reasonable. In my letter to you of 12-21-87, I asked if you knew what the old company’s production from Oct. 1 to Dec.9, 1965 from the Red Star. Could you find this figure from the old records? That part of the block below the 1500 level is entirely undeveloped, but based on what has been mined above, we might project something in the same range as above the level. That is, the Red Star South might contain a mineable total of 2000 to 10,000 ounces. To project a larger production seems to me to be very risky and unsupportable.

The Red Star North has probably had a production of about 4000 ounces. Certainly some more production can reasonably be expected there, but how do you make realistic projections? I generally use a factor of one times the past production. In view of the large amount of underdeveloped ground, we might increase this by a factor of two. Say 4000 to 8000 ounces.

So we have a total of 6000 to 18,000 ounces of possible production, under realistic expectations, in the combined Red Star block. The Red Star South production can’t be fully brought in until completion of the rehabilitation work and the extension of the Red Star winze to the 1500 level and below. We are now in a better position to estimate how much money will be needed for this. The Red Star North production is contingent upon a substantial amount of drifting, raising and winzing. So there is still a lot of “dead” or unproductive work to be done.

Getting back to your production of 10,000 ounces per year for some fifteen years or more, I don’t think you have any support for such a statement other than what I have outline above. I am not saying that there are no other possibilities of production in the Red Star, and I fully recognize that Forest and the present Kanaka lease, as well as the Red Star, contained “untapped” resources. But we have to very realistic in this business. I also call your attention to the fact that I have given you a “range”. The lower end of the range is just as realistic as the higher end, so please don’t quote me as saying just the higher projection.

As to my opinion of your own capabilities and those of your crew in running a mine, I am not so optimistic as you seem to be. In fact, when comparing these with the old Original’s organization, in would say that the present organization is very limited in capability, and I have serious questions as to its ability to effectively carry out the overall program you propose. However, I would like to reserve final judgment until after the present phase (PP budget) is completed. Up to now, I feel that the work has proceeded slower than it should have, even with the serious problems you have encountered. Remember, you have not yet operated a producing gold mine, and there is lots to be known about such an operation. Mining is a highly complicated business.

I am a little unhappy about your comments and suggestions about raising more money by selling stock (publicly or by private placement) based upon future projections such as you have used. I am afraid I will be of no help in that connection other than referring you to some of the mining companies active in gold.

Personally, I think the ultimate salvation of the Original Sixteen to One lies in letting other operators take the risk. Just take a good look at the Kanaka lease and the results being obtained. We, on the other hand, have a sure income while they are loosing money. We should keep our own company operation very small, and if we cannot achieve production with the present budget plus very limited company funds, we should close our operation down and consider leasing out the Red Star block.

If you wish to discuss any of the above in more detail, I will be most happy to do so. Just give me a call. See you on the 5th.

Best regards,


July 25th, 1988

Dear Bill,

Thank you for the prompt reply to my letter of July 14th. It was meant to stimulate a response from directors and to inform them about the degree of assistance each director could offer with our proposed second phase of funding.

I have always been reluctant to project any gold production in Alleghany. It is a very risky business. The Company settled on an annual production of 20,000+ ounces in past years. I have no way of knowing management’s desire; however production in the fourth quarter was usually higher than other quarters. I have been told that annual production was managed and reflected in the higher year-end figures to meet the desired amount.

In my last letter I separated projections and goals. Their uses are not interchangeable. The only projection I made was at the top of the page three regarding annual income from KCJV between $120-200,000. The citing of gold production, income and dividends are goals established to quantify the scale of operation envisioned. These figures, in turn, help me work capital needs forwards and backwards thereby arriving at a comfortable plan.

My goal is to return the Company to “a smoothly operating mine with a highly experienced staff and crew in a mine that was well developed” with blocks of ground that promise production. That is why we are bullish on extending Red Star North all the way to Forest. That is a goal.

Please do no continue to be unhappy about suggesting to raise money “based on future projections such as you have used” (Page 2 of your letter to me). I never contemplated selling any stock on these or any other projections because (1) Use of projections is not allowed in security regulations. (2) My discussion of production levels is tied into goals not projections. After fourteen years of active work in Alleghany I understand the limits of using gold productions in forecasting gold projections. Goals are different. Without goals the Company drifts.

Your final paragraphs indicate we have a policy difference. I know of a number of small companies (like Original Sixteen to One) with less promise who find themselves functioning as a lessor. We have moved into the arena of operator and primary gold producer. The interest in our Company has increased because of this. It is not because we have a “safe” passive income, but because we are advancing our operations that the Pacific Stock Exchange approved our listing. The Exchange Listing Committee reviewed Original Sixteen to One in depth before approving our application. We failed to meet any of the requirements and standards and failed by a large margin. Nevertheless, we were accepted. All of our shareholders have been aware of and support the goal of public trading. This opportunity would have been denied if we maintained or increased our position as mine lessor.

I have worked with lessors since 1976. While the quality has improved it remains a vulnerable relationship. Financially, the added risks of operator seem worth the greater potential rewards. Other mining companies such as Ranchers, Hecla, Norsemont, Alhambra, Transwestern and Brush Creek have failed to become producers in Western Sierra County. Countless mining men have spent money and failed individually. I have benefited from observing these operations.

As far as my capabilities and those of the crew, we are still in the embryonic stage of development. I am learning all the time on how to be a competent President. There is no doubt we are limited. We have an operation up and running for under half a million dollars. Nevertheless, what we have accomplished must be positive for all shareholders because the greatest business judge of all, the market place, has treated us well.

You offer a recommendation to close our operation down and consider leasing out the Red Star block if we cannot achieve production with the present budget. We never anticipated getting into production with the PPM money. We raised enough to advance our knowledge about the property with no cushion because the stock was undervalued at $1.30 per share (pre split price). Successfully completing the business plan of the PPM has nothing to do with gold production as a qualifier.

You prepared a range of production for the Red Star. Let’s use the lowest range or 6,000 ounces and a price of $450 per ounce … $2.7 million. If we can drift, raise and stope Red Star north and mine only above the 1500 level we may produce 5,000 ounces (I subtracted 1,000 ounces below the 1500 level). We can break up this ground for $900,000 creating a gross profit of $1,350,000 or about $.50 per share. The risk is we produce nothing. The carrot is we may produce 13,000 ounces at the same cost or about $5 million gross profit ($1.80 per share).

Old shareholders have supplied the company no money yet may receive a $.50 dividend. New shareholders (PPM at $1.30 per share) may get their entire investment back as a dividend. In either case, everyone will have a market place (Pacific Stock Exchange) to sell his stock. This scenario is not offered as a projection. All of the above depends upon funding and carrying out a $900,000 - $1.5 million Phase Two development program. I maintain that the risk of dilution to existing shareholders is worth the reward of profitability. We should immediately put in place a plan for raising money with the following goals:

1. The highest price per share possible
2. The shortest duration of time
3. The last possible moment before we must interrupt our current operation.

To achieve these goals I need the very best brainpower from not only our board but also businessmen and women in other fields. I want our meeting in August to focus on plans to accomplish our goals of producing gold at a profit in order to pay dividends outlined in my July 14, 1988 letter to the directors.

I will call you before the meeting so we can continue the discussion we have undertaken.

Sincerely yours,
Michael M. Miller
 By Michael Miller

07/01/2010  4:30PM

The events at the museum last weekend were more than a success. Here in tiny Alleghany, last working gold camp in the Sierra Nevada, on public display for the first time in the former Alleghany Supply/ Alpha Supply store were over 400 gold specimens. Three hundred people drove to the Underground Gold Miners Museum to see one man’s gold collection. Not only could we see the pieces but we could examine them as well. The entire event was breath taking. It is a world class collection, not because of its glitter. It represents gold from around California and the world. Each specimen had a description of its location.

I tip my hard hat to Ed Metz, who spent 50 years gathering gold and other mineral specimens. It looks like he will repeat the event during next year’s shareholder meeting. I thought a quick peek would be enough but ended up in front of the four display cases, talking to Ed and other enthusiasts as well for almost three hours. What fun!

Rae Bell Arbogast, chief museum administrator, worked diligently to co-ordinate the public display. The fire department put on a spaghetti dinner and the ladies auxiliary held a bake sale. Many community members volunteered their time and it showed. Congratulations.
 By Rae Bell

07/01/2010  2:42PM

The Gold Show last weekend was a success! The display was quite impressive. We are planning on doing it again next year, last weekend in June so mark your calendars.

The museum is a MSA vendor and currently we have some brand new self-rescuers in inventory that somebody ordered, then changed their mind. Our price is $260 each without the protective boot and $275 with the protective boot. These were just manufactured. Please contact me at 530-287-3223 if you would like to purchase any and pass on the word.
 By Michael Miller

05/26/2010  1:56PM

Many thanks for both your efforts. Dick, you got it right. Smithsgold, I wish Jerry had said this. He is familiar with Alleghany, but I’m not sure how he would express the benefits of mining in California. More on that later.

The governor’s message below was printed in the first issue of the California Mining Journal (VOL I NO. I). The cover of this great publication, printed in August 1931, has a picture of an old geyser with a mule and gold pan. It also features Nevada and Sierra County Mines.

The story, authored by Harry S. Tibbey, reads, “The Original Sixteen to One mine at Alleghany is undoubtedly the richest mine ever found in California, or anywhere else for that matter, and millions have been extracted in the comparatively short time it has been worked.” To my knowledge this affirmation still hold true seventy-nine years later.

Back to Governor Jerry Brown. During his time in office legislation was passed and signed that instructed the government to catalog all mineral property and potential mineral land in California. Its purpose was to insure that development did not threaten these valuable assets. Gold was decided to be of benefit to the people of the state of California. Thirty-four years later that benefit remains. Unfortunately, the government failed to exercise its duty to the people it represents.
 By Dick Davis

05/26/2010  11:55AM

James Rolph
27th Governor, Republican
 By smithsgold

05/26/2010  7:36AM

I say Governor( Moonbeam )Jerry Brown....
 By Michael Miller

05/22/2010  5:57PM

The following is a message from California’s governor. Can you identify which governor or when it was published? What a great message!

“May I confess that, while I have never engaged in mining, that earliest and most picturesque of California industries has always had a strong appeal to my imagination. One of my urgent ambitions as governor is to accomplish something in the way of stimulating and reviving that languishing industry. I would like to see the entire mother lode and all the mining regions humming with activity. Legislation, of course, cannot put gold into the ground. But I shall be responsive to all sound suggestions for the benefit of the mining industry and the mountain counties.

The gold in California’s streambeds and mountains was responsible for her birth both economically and politically as a member of the family of states. California’s gold was an important factor in sustaining the federal finances and credit during the stress of the Civil War in the 1860’s; and in spite of recession in annual yield in recent years, this commonwealth is still one of the leading states in production of the yellow metal. The decreased production of new gold is due to the nation-wide and world-wide economic conditions over which the gold miner himself had no control; and because the price of his product is a basis of our (and other nations’) monetary system, the gold miner is entitled to special consideration at the hands of our law-making bodies both of the state and nation to the end that whatever statutory or taxation burdens are now hampering the flow of new gold from out of the ground may be either eliminated entirely or at least ameliorated to the maximum degree. California should be in the forefront of the movement to help. We need more gold. In the United States today we are consuming in the arts and industries more than twice as much gold as we are taking out of our mines each year. Unless something is done to help, it is conceivable that the foundation of the financial system with sooner of later be affected.

But gold is not California’s only bid for fame and attention. This state is prolific in available minerals of commercial value, and the diversity of her products is not approached by any other commonwealth. Mining in California marches alongside of and goes hand-in-hand with agriculture, as one of the great basic industries upon which our people depend. Our wealth in structural and other industrial mineral raw material is widespread throughout California and in great variety, and if properly fostered and adequately supported by governmental promotion, will continue to grow in importance and will continue to support an ever-increasing industrial population in this state.”
 By Rae Bell

05/11/2010  12:03PM

The annual meeting of membership of Underground Gold Miners Museum was held on Saturday May 8th with a directors meeting directly afterwords. An exciting development of the meeting was that a gold display of specimens from many of the mines in the Alleghany Mining District will be hosted by the museum on the weekend of June 26th and 27th. This is a private collection. Details to follow.
 By Dave I.

04/19/2010  6:25PM

This a very important agency of the past: the O.M.E and should be reinstated. It sounds like a government organization needed again for the development of strategic metals relative to our national security. We have a national reserve for oil, but gold is too needed to be expanded in a national reserve.
There has been some reports about how the Bullion reserves of Canada are being depleted. It makes me wonder our own Nations Reserve.
 By Michael Miller

04/16/2010  11:14PM

For you readers, something from the historical archives:

When the miners’ operation turned from gold production to survival at the Sixteen to One after the disruptive shaft fire, all management united to prolong the hunt for gold. For the underground crew and its surface support, the mine’s gold was their livelihood. For the owners and management preserving the mine became the highest priority.

This began late 1950’s. Gold could be found, that was not the problem. All concerns and hope for the future rested in its price per ounce. By now the 1934 freeze and federal takeover caused operations to cease throughout the world; but California felt the slow decline of its gold economy less than other states. Aerospace was booming and real estate development and new home construction intensified as the population crept towards that of the most populace state.

An obscure federal agency saw the merit in the United States as a gold producer. It was the OME (Office of Mineral Exploration. Money was available to match development and the sixteen to One was a taker. I became intimately familiar with the OME work, which ended in 1965. It was ten years after the fact, but its history was as valuable as it is important today. Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc and the OME joined financially to continue exploration of the central Sixteen to One vein. It is referred to as Red Star and has been my target for gold since I first studied the maps in 1975.

Gold must be sold to the government buyers. There were two joint venture agreements between the mine and OME. The US treasury was locked in to $35 an ounce or the same price the company received thirty years past. However, the costs of mining increased as inflation surged through the economy. Gold smuggled into Mexico and other locations brought a lot more cash than what the government paid. Smuggling for the directors was not a choice so the miners were laid off. Some miners continued drilling and blasting but left the broken rock underground. And yes, Sixteen to One gold found its way into Mexico.

All the veins of Alleghany are siblings. They are related and just like brothers and sisters act differently under stress. The Red Star section of the bolder Sixteen to One is as close to virginal can be without being virgin. The people who invest time money or care resemble me. We are confident gold remains, untouched by human hands, and waits for the miners’ hand on his drill. The Sixteen to One vein is not exhausted. At $35 an ounce one jut could not stay operating.

Thanks to this small but mighty band that call up this forum from time to time. Stay tuned. Now is the time to help the California gold miners. It is not the economic past. The federal government will not succeed in gobbling all the gold next month. The price is not a concern. Have some fun with us. Mike
 By Rick

09/01/2009  9:56PM

My own personal archive:

Just before the CDAA assault, I'd been helping assess the highgrade potential within the mill-rock, so that the quality specimens wouldn't be crushed and would be preserved, as all high-grade rock brought to the surface was being assessed.

Somehow I'm writing an entry under "Archives".... while this super activity was ongoing at the mine, only a few years ago.

How far in the past is an archive? Relatively speaking, this was yesterday. The team was bringing major-big gold to the surface, and I was simply helping to identify a few missed ones.

The mine was so successful at this time in our "now"-past, that it boggles the mind...this was happening and then the crap shut it down.

Is an archive a "past" accounting of history? I know it's a "now" accounting of real the potential today as it was 150 years ago. I saw the gold in the rocks. Awesome.
 By Michael Miller

08/31/2009  5:30PM

When the Company decided to sell its own gold collection to raise much needed working capital last year, I wrote the following descriptions for some of the pieces for the producer of the catalog to use as he felt fit. He used none.

The collection did not gain the attention it deserved. As one shareholder said at the 2008 annual meeting, "Lets hope that someone realizes what this collection will mean twenty or fifty years from today. People will say thanks for preserving it."
I just stumbled across my comments about the collection and decided that maybe, just maybe some hearty soul's curiosity will be stirred into action to keep the carvings in tact.

Comments of collection:
March 2008

Imagine carving a block of glass only this glass is composed of different elements with different harnesses. This block is natural quartz, the geological home of lode gold. The carvers’ troubles continue because the material will crumble under the grinding wheel without warning, thereby undoing hours of planning and tooling. It does not help matters that his material, formed 135 million years ago, is layered, faulted and went through the miners’ drilling and blasting. “It’s like a car hitting bumps in the road or an ice skater hitting a patch of sand,” says carver Buddy Miller. Buddy created both the Sesquicentennial Series and Saturday Life of the Miner Series.

Francis Musser who was the first lapidary to carve the quartz and gold felt other initial concerns. He just was unable to put the quartz rock in his saw. Francis created the trilogy of The Bear, The Eagle and The Trout (or call it the Fish). “I had never carved quartz with gold and never had seen it carved before. Mike gave me this large rock that contained $60,000 of gold and said, “Go make a carving’. It took me weeks before I had the nerve to clamp it in the saw and make my first cut.”

Ron Martinez approaches his quartz and gold specimen in another way. Ron loves to work small. His carvings are of natural things, leaves, shells and freeform design. “I avoid the hard rock/soft metal problem by simply letting the gold dictate where I carve: anywhere except where there is gold!”

Martin Butler, the youngest of the carvers, is a metal smith by trade. His unconventional beliefs about artistic creation told him to make his own tools for the Dragon and Two Hearts carvings. He shunned all power tools, spending countless hours grinding his masterpieces by hand. The result is a very tactile experience when his carvings are dropped into your hands.

1. #005, 006, 007 are in the Sesquicentennial Series. It is called Discovery (1848).

2. #002, 003m 004 are in the Sesquicentennial Series. The two carvings are called “ the Rush” (1849).

3. #001 is in the Sesquicentennial Series. It is called Statehood (1850).

4. # 008, 009, 010, 013 are in the Saturday Life of the Miner Series. If he was lucky, he took a bath once a week or once a month. Details include the pile of cloths, his golden toe prominently displayed and the ore car. He still wears his beloved hard hat, probably lite with carbide gas.

5. # 014, 015, 016 and 017 are in the Saturday Life of the Miner Series. The rugged grizzly-faced miners are rejoicing around a mound of gold. Even without the stimulation of gold, the men would join together in song and dance. During the gold rush and beyond men outnumbered women by thousands to one. Yet the joy of a dance persisted. The dress and physical appearance, the detail and of course the ever present hard hat deserve close attention.

6 # 011 and 012. The Phoenix is a symbol of immortality: a grand example of the matchless beauty of nature’s birthplace of gold.

7. #018, 019, 020 and 021. “A Rare Beauty”. With only the respect and admiration for the sight of a woman, this gold miner approaches a woman resting deep in thought. He brings a bouquet of fresh roses, gently reaches out to touch her hair. She is unaware of his presence but accepts his honorable intentions towards her for she realized how lost and lonely most of the miners feel in the untamed west.

8. #022, 023, 024, and 025. “The Jug Band”. The music livens the campsite; but the two dogs hear only noise. One howls and the other lies down and covers its ears. Note the detail in this six piece series, including what the miners are sitting on. The Jug Band elicits smiles. You can almost hear their music.

9. #026, 027 and 028. “The Law”. Lawyers and mining history are recounted in the early years of the American Western gold rush. The weight of the law book crushes the miner, bending but not breaking his neck. The city hat and miner’s hard hat represent an ongoing struggle between the producer and the regulator, the blue collar and the white collar.

10. #029, 030 and 032. “one of the most strikingly colored trout in the world”
at both the state and federal level have attempted to protect and preserve this beautiful native fish various means including:
1. designating the California golden trout has the State Fish of California in 1947;
2. creating the 300,000 acre Golden Trout Wilderness in 1978;
3. including the California golden trout on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Endangered Species List candidate list as a category 2 species in 1991; and, most recently, by
4. adding the California Golden Trout to the Forest Services Sensitive Species List.

11. #032, 033, 034,and 035. Found throughout the Northern Hemisphere, the Golden Eagle is common in western North America, but rare in the East. It is one of the largest birds of prey in North America; only the Bald Eagle and California Condor get larger.
The Golden Eagle is the national emblem of Mexico.

12. #036, 037, 038, and 039. Francis Musser’s first carving is the Bear. Every view and every angle of this remarkable creature is inspiring. Featured on the 1995 annual report, the Bear please young and old.
13. #040 and 041. The Dragon. It seems that every dragon has its own personality just as each of the earth’s elements has its own energy. Perhaps by its size or the richness of the polished gold, the Dragon seems to pulsate when it is dropped into your hands.
14. # 042 and 043. Fred, we called this Two Hearts or Hearts on a Foot or Two Hearts on a Foot. This is another really fun piece. I tell people to close their eyes and hold out their hand and tell me what they are holding. Men or women stutter because it feels like a couple of balls, the ones we have. Maybe this is too risqué for the catalog but on the other hand….
15, # 044. A hand carved precious box of ebony wood with a large cabochone of quartz and gold on the cover.

Fred, I’m stopping now. Don’t even know if any of this is appropriate but we are here to educate the rich and adventuresome. You said they want “bragging rights”, well this collection will give them a bunch. MMM

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