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David A. Deaderick gold nugget watch fob

Identifier: Artifact 2014.007

Scope and Contents

David A. Deaderick went to the California gold rush, ca. 1849-50, with the East Tennessee Gold Mining Company. He did not strike gold, but came back with a gold nugget he had made into a watch fob with a stone (amethyst?) or colored glass inlaid on the end, ca. 1852. His initials ‘DAD’ were etched into the stone.

Housed in small black jeweler’s box with ‘Huguenin’ on inside cover. This is where the family kept the fob for many years.


  • 1849 - 1850

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available for research. Prior arrangement MUST be made by contacting the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at


1 box : 2 pieces (fob and jeweler's box)

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Added to Digital Collection Jan. 2016.


Stone partially missing at time of receipt, Dec. 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

601 S Gay Street
3rd floor
Knoxville Tennessee 37902 United States