The Oakland Museum of California has just recently released more detailed information of the historical artifact, stolen during a burglary on January 9th.
The artifact is a historic jewelry box, made between 1869 and 1878 by San Francisco goldsmith A. Andrews. It features a rectangular moulded top and base, which rests on four feet of miniature female figures, showing a depiction of allegorical California. It stands seven inches in height, nine inches in length, and seven inches in depth. On the top are pilasters and mouldings veined in gold quartz, with tones of grey and cream. The top interior is recessed and engraved with full relief of scenes from the early days of the Union and Central Pacific Railroads, mounted Native Americans, herds of buffalo, and a train of cars. And finally, the gold quartz is cut and set in mosaic fashion on top of the lid, with the exterior and sides veined in gold quartz.
When the story of the burglary was first announced, it was being investigated by the Oakland Police, and it continues to be so. They are also asking anyone with information to contact the Oakland Police Department’s Major Crimes Section at (510) 238-3951 or the TIP LINE at (510) 777-2805. Log on to museumca.org/reward for more information, and to get a look of what the stolen artifact looks like.