GOLD FIELD MINER’S BUCKSKIN GOLD DUST POKE:
An original miner’s gold dust “Poke” or bag, used to
secure the dust and flakes of gold gleaned from his pan
or cradle. Another one of those necessary little items
that were of prime importance during the years that they
were used, but were not significant enough or “shiny”
enough to survive through the years to collected and
preserved in modern collections, these Miner’s Pokes
don’t appear on the market very often.
Measuring 6 ¾” long and 3” wide, this poke is fashioned
of two pieces of soft buckskin, neatly hand stitched
with a buckskin welt incorporated into the seam to seal
it well enough to prevent the loss of gold dust
filtering through the seam. The top of the poke is
secured with a tightly twisted cotton cord threaded
through a series of holes around the top rim.
It is worth noting that this very poke is pictured on
page 138 of Cowboy Collectibles and Western Memorabilia
with a set of gold dust scales identified to an 1850’s
resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
A great little piece that would display well with a set
of gold dust scales, a Colt Model 1849 Revolver and
other early gold field artifacts.