OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The Oakland Museum of California Wednesday announced a $12,000 reward for the safe recovery of a Gold Rush-era jewel box that was stolen from the museum during a break-in on Monday morning.
The object is described as a 7-by-9-inch quartz- and gold-encrusted box that weighs about 3 pounds and depicts scenes of early pioneer life.
Museum director Lori Fogarty said the box was a wedding anniversary gift for the wife of a California pioneer who had come out West in the late 1800s.
“This truly is an invaluable item in terms of California history,” Fogarty said.
She said the object had last been appraised about 30 years ago, and that she does not know its current worth. The box has been part of the museum’s collection since the 1960s, she said.
Another item was taken in the Monday burglary, but it is of less historical and monetary value, Fogarty said.