Friday, August 20, 2010

Small Desert Treasures

Many times when DH is nugget hunting I go my own way, looking for trinkets and bits of the past left by earlier gold prospectors. There are small run down mining camps, mostly tent camps scattered about and the way to find them is to look for the trash dumps. It takes lots of patience to hunt these areas because of the trash and broken glass.

I`ve found tiny cast iron toy  trucks with the rubber tires still intact. Lots of bobby  and hair pins which show that  there were many women in this hostile environment. I found old compacts and lipstick cases. The kind you pushed the lipstick up the tube with a metal slid, most of them Helena Rubenstein.  That liptick that lasted forever. LOL There are pieces of restaurant china and high end china. Sometimes I save the larger pieces because they are lovely. The silverware in the pictures is (was) silver plate. What`s left now is the brass. The middle bent spoon is marked Wm. Rogers Hotel Plate,  Silver Plate  Oneida Inc. The fork is ELW Silver Plate , the bottom spoon is Wallco Silver Plate. It`s interesting many folks traveled with their best china and silver. I`ve also found intact bottles. From perfume bottles to mayo, ketchup and relish.  I find these things on private property with permission of the owner. I know these items are the ordinary, humdrum items of daily life, but that`s what I have the greatest fondness for.

Thank you for visiting and I hope the weather is cooling for everyone!


  1. Our weather here is hot again today & will be tomorrow then we are to get rain off & on all next week. Today is AC day......
    I have read many times that the women who went west took their family heirlooms. Most lost it due to unforseen circumstances of the trip. What you are doing is taking a tiny peek into the past! How interesting....
    Have a Great Weekend!

  2. How cool is that! Like going on a mini archealogical dig. I used to do that sort of thing when I was younger and braver, but now in old mining towns. Really cool. Please post pictures of your other finds for those of us who live vicariously through you.

  3. Hi Kathy,

    I`ll post more pictures soon. I keep away from the area just now. Till the snakes are gone after a really hard freeze.

    These camps are usually from the 1920`s and 30`s.

    Yes Marilyn, I love these peeks into the past of ordinary, hard working people.

  4. That's one thing I do miss about living in the desert out west, the treasures could always be had and what fun!

  5. My dad would take us kids out when we lived in the desert but we never found the goodies you have...mostly semiprecious stones and if we were lucky some fossilized seashells..what fun!

  6. You lead an interesting life in more ways than one, Cathy! I haven't visited your blog for a month or so, and have enjoyed your photos and anecdotes.

  7. Hi Gina,

    I haven`t don`t much blog visiting either. I like poking around in odd places. It`s been so hot and humid I am mostly sitting in the cool air and doing not much else! LOL


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