Bank of Napa / Anglo-California Bank - Payable in Gold Check - Napa City, California 1877

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Beautifully engraved check from the Anglo-Caifornia Bank issued in 1877. This historic document was printed by C.G. Crawford and has an ornate border around it with a blue revenue stamp attached to it. The check was printed with the word "Gold" to designate it was payable in gold. This item is hand signed by the Company's Cashier (W.C. Watson) and is over 128 years old. W. C. Watson was the first cashier of the Bank of Napa. He owned a 50 acre vineyard near Rutherford planted with Malvasia, a classic grape from the Provence region of France and at one time one the major grapes of California. The property was part of the Mexican Caymus Rancho extending from Rutherford up the slopes of Mt. St. John, highest peak of the Mayacamas range. Watson named the property Inglenook (Scottish for fireside corner). The property was subsequently purchased by Captain Niebaum who founded the Inglenook Winery and Vineyards. Watson was also on the Board of the Mutual Quicksilver Mining Co., one of the many small mercury companies organized in Napa with properties between Pope Valley and Middletown, north of Calistoga. [Menefee, 1877].