Oakland Museum Releases Photos Of Stolen Gold Artifact

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – The Oakland Museum of California released photos Wednesday of a 19th century artifact stolen from the museum last week in the hope of generating new leads in the case.

The artifact is a 7-by-9-inch quartz- and gold-encrusted jewelry box box that weighs about 3 pounds and depicts scenes of early pioneer life.

According to the OMCA, the box was made from California gold between 1869 and 1878 by A. Andrews, a San Francisco goldsmith, and is signed.

The 19th century jewelry box stolen from the Oakland Museum of California. (Oakland Museum of California)

The 19th century jewelry box stolen from the Oakland Museum of California. (Oakland Museum of California)

The museum cited developments in the ongoing investigation which allowed it to now disclose images of the stolen object.

A reward of $12,000 has been offered for the safe recovery of the stolen artifact.

According to the OMCA, other features of the stolen artifact include:

  • A rectangular moulded top and base that rests on four feet formed of four miniature female figures depicting allegorical California.
  • Top pilasters and mouldings are of veined gold quartz in tones of grey and cream with veining of gold.
  • Interior of the top recessed and engraved in full relief with scene of the early days of the Union and Central Pacific Railroads, mounted Native Americans, herds of buffalo, and a train of cars.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Oakland Police Department’s Major Crimes Section at (510) 238-3951 or the TIP LINE at 777-2805.


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