This little sterling silver spoon is a souvenir of Tonopah, which could be either Nevada or Arizona since both seem to have some gold mining history. The small bowl has a light gold wash and is engraved Tonopah. The handle is beautiful detailed. At the top is a gold pan with a few gold colored nuggets in it. Behind the pan (although not visible on the back side) is a crossed pick and shovel and at the very top there appears to be a small bucket. A very thin silver rope is attached at the top and entwines the length of the handle tying everything together. There is the letter “L” engraved on the back of the gold pan. The back of the handle is marked Sterling and it also has a crossed pick and shovel hallmark with the letters M B. for the Joseph Mayer Brothers silversmiths of Seattle Washington. I believe this spoon is from the early 1900’s.
It measures about 3 15/16” long and is in very nice condition with minimal wear. There is some dark discoloration inside the pan which I have not tried to clean and there are a few dark spots in the bowl of the spoon where the gold wash has worn off.
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