RIO GRANDE SOUTHERN SILVERTON RAILROAD SILVER PASS COLORADO 1892 Otto Mears

 

Gold-imprinted leather pouch originally issued with the RIO GRANDE SOUTHERN and SILVERTON RAILROADS silver pass, 1892.

 

 

 

Original leather pouch dimensions: 3 inches by 1-3/4 inches, plus fold-over back flap.

Condition: near fine; gold-printing brilliant.

 

 

 

 

Silver Pass #222, issued to Artemus Walters, resident, ranch-owner, and judge of Custer County, Colorado.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artemus Walters was a long-time resident, a ranch-owner, and judge who lived in various places throughout Custer County, Colorado during his life.  He lived in Querida, Silver Cliff and Westcliffe, before moving to a ranch in the county.  

 

 

 

 

 

Obverse of Rio Grande South and Silverton Railroads, silver pass #222, issued in 1892. S. Spitz of Santa Fe, New Mexico as the jeweler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This ornate silver railroad pass was conceived by the Colorado railroad entrepreneur, Otto Mears, a Jewish Russian immigrant who later became known as the “Pathfinder of the San Juan,” Colorado.  S. Spitz, a Santa Fe jeweler, was awarded the contract to make the “silver filigree pass” promotion dreamed up by Mears.

 

Original card included inside the leather pouch with the Mears silver filigree pass, 1892.

 

 

 

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