This web page features some of the tools and items used by gold and silver miners in California and Arizona from 1880-1920. Also here are everyday items found in old ghost towns and mining camps, such as pipe parts, watch parts, suspenders, marbles, toys, etc.

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Latest update: 15 Mar 2012

ID#: MIN001

Type: Ceramic Crucibles, circa 1910

Size: 3 to 4"

Description: These crucibles were used to melt and separate the precious metals from the ore. Set of three, all in good condition, but may not be the ones pictures.

Price: SOLD

ID#: MIN02

Type: Ceramic Crucible, circa 1910

Size: , 2"

Description: This dish-like crucible is uncommon from this part of the country. It was probably used to assay the ores that the miners extracted, to determine the merit of establishing a full-blown mining operation. In excellent condition.

Price: SOLD


ID#: WH001

Type: Whiskey, early 1900's

Color & Size: Amber, 11.5"

Embossing: MCDONALD & COHN, SAN FRANCISCO

Description: This beautiful whiskey bottle has a threaded gutta-percha stopper embossed with "McDonald & Cohn, San Francisco" and their logo (see additional photos) Many broken whiskey bottles litter the mining camps in Arizona and California. This particular bottle is in excellent condition.

Price: $44 + $15 S&H (see ordering info)

lamp

ID#: MIN03

Type: Miner's Light, circa 1910

Color & Size: Iron, about 8" in length

Description: Fairly simple to construct, many resourceful miners fashioned simple heavy guage wire into candle holders that could be hammered into tent poles, or into cracks in the mines. This one is still in great shap.

Price: SOLD

dupont dynamite

ID#: MIN04

Type: Box end, circa 1905

Color & Size: Wood, 11.5" x 7/5"

Description: This is one end of a dynamite box, straight from a privately-owned gold mine in southwest Arizona. The boxes held 50 lbs. of dynamite, 40% nitroglycerin. (Two almost identical box ends like this are available for sale.)

Price: SOLD

crucibles

ID#: MIN05

Type: crucibles, circa 1900

Color & Size: small, .5 to 1.25" in diameter

Description: This small crucibles were used to assay the ores that the miners extracted, to determine the merit of establishing a full-blown mining operation. Set of three, all in good condition. (May not be the exact ones pictured here.)

Price: $9 + $4 S&H (see ordering info)

ID#: MIN06

Type: Ceramic Crucible, circa 1900

Color & Size: 5"

Description: This crucible was used to melt and separate the precious metals from the ore. (Several crucibles available at this price.)

Price: SOLD

ID#: MIN07

Type: Set of 50+ misc relics, circa 1880-1910

Color & Size: Misc. brass, iron, copper, and other items

Description: An assortment of items from old Western minig and railroad camps. Includes buckles, Levi Strauss buttons & rivets, shells, and jewelry.

Price: SOLD

ID#: MIN08

Type: Another set of 50+ misc relics, circa 1880-1910

Color & Size: Misc. brass, iron, copper, and pottery items

Description: An assortment of items from old Western minig and railroad camps. Includes buckles, Levi Strauss buttons & rivets, shells, and jewelry.

Price: SOLD

ID#: MIN09

Type: Set of 11 misc toy relics, circa 1880-1920

Color & Size: Misc. lead, iron, and copper items

Description: Parts & pieces of old toys from old Western minig and railroad camps. Includes half a goat, parts of soldiers, three cars, a canon barrel, and other pieces.

Price: SOLD

ID#: MIN10

Type: Set of 36 antique and vintage jewelry pieces, circa 1880-1920

Color & Size: Misc. brass, copper, silver (?), and glass items

Description: Pieces of antique jewelry from old Western minig and railroad camps. Includes parts of broaches, cuff links, buckles, ear rings, pendants, and other pieces.

Price: SOLD