This is a Sterling Silver Souvenir of Dawson Yukon Territory Figural Miner Spoon. It measures 4 3/8" in length. It has a Hallmarked with a Lion "R" 925 and Sterling for the Roden Bros., Ltd. Toronto, Ontario. It is listed in Business as early as 1891 as Roden Bros. They became Roden Bros Ltd between 1904 - 1913. Distributors of or jobbers of sterling silverware, plated silver, novelties and cut glass.
It is hand engraved in the bowl of the Spoon " Dawson Y T ". It has a figural Miner in full detail on the handle, he is holding a big chunk of Gold (which has a Gold finish on it as well ) in one hand and has a Pick ax. He is standing on (3) bands that look like Gold nuggets are in between the bands and there are Tools down on the handle, a shovel and long rod. On the back of the Spoon, with finely done detail, is shown the back of the Miner standing on bands with Gold Nuggets in between the bands and the Hallmark.
Alaska's Gold Rush began in 1896-97 when gold was discovered in the Klondike in Canada's Yukon Territory. When two ships docked in San Francisco and Seattle carrying miners returning from the Yukon with bags of gold. The press was alerted and papers carried the story to the masses.
Soon, miners of all shapes and sizes, called "stampeders", were on their way to the gold fields. Within six months, approximately 100,000 gold-seekers set off for the Yukon. Only 30,000 completed the trip.