This wonderful demitasse sterling silver souvenir spoon celebrates not only Sacramento as the recently instated state capital of California at the time but also the romantic era of the Gold Rush. The depiction of a miner is extremely accurate and the three dimensional detail is quite astonishing! From the hat to the intricately clear, rugged features of the face, the knotted neckerchief, the muscular arm holding a large nugget to his chest with the fine fingers of the other hand holding a pick - even the belt with its very clear buckle - this extraordinary creation just comes alive. The miner is standing on a stone plinth which is inscribed 'Struck It At Last'. The back of the figure is equally detailed right down to the shaggy hair, the rippling shirt and creases in the trousers. In the bowl of the spoon is a highly detailed depiction of the State Capital Building with its fine dome.
The spoon was made by Mechanics Sterling Co of Attleboro, MA (as shown by their back mark of a pennant flag with the letter 'H') who began in 1896 producing flatware and souvenir spoons. This wonderful piece is also marked Sterling and measures 4 1/8" long and is a heavy 15 g. It is in mint condition and looks as if it was never used - just displayed. There is a very faint monogram of a script 'M' on the back of the bowl.
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