Cabinet, 11.7 x 7.8 x 2.5 cm
Farncomb Hill, Breckenridge, Summit County, Colorado, USA
This large specimen is a true historic classic, from one of the most important old gold districts in the USA. Pieces like this were generally mined in the late 1800s and very early 1900s, and not after. It is a complex mass of thick, intergrown gold crystals that weighs in at over 12 ounces, and is both weighty and volumetrically impactful in person. The large "rope gold" that extends out from the middle of the specimen is nearly 3 inches long! Pieces like this turn up very seldom, and only as old collections or museums turn over. While I have no old labels with this piece, it is undoubtedly an old one. I am told by Colorado experts that this is without doubt one of the finest examples extant, for size and quality, and furthermore that it may be among the top 3 or 4 examples of this magnitude in private hands.