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Nome Alaska Struck It Rich Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon - L.W. Suter, Mayer Bros, Nome Gold Miner     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11380
Period: Edward VII
Year: 1900-1909
Silversmith: Joseph Mayer & Brothers
Place: Seattle
Price: R 6 000.00
Weight: 33 grams
Dimensions: 15 cm
Condition: Excellent, original gilding on miner still perfect.

Description: A rare and interesting American sterling silver souvenir spoon, with gilded detail, retailed in Nome, Alaska during the Nome Gold Rush of 1899-1909. The spoon has beautiful detail, and is excellent quality and condition. The bowl reads "Nome, Alaska, Struck It Rich" and has a gilded prospector panning gold in a stream below a waterfall, gilded elements on American silver souvenir spoons are rare. The handle has a rising sun above NOME, with pan, shovel and pick below, above a canoe with 4 hunters, 2 paddling, one with bow and arrow, and a 4th with harpoon, all wearing furs. The back features a miner tipping pay into a sluice box, above a paddle, bow and arrows and harpoon. The spoon is clearly hallmarked, retailers mark L.W. Suter, makers mark empressed Fleur de Lis in raised triangle for Mayer Brothers of Seattle, Washington, and raised Sterling. Louis Suter was a jeweller and retailer who arrived in Nome in 1900, he prospered and built the leading Jeweller in Nome, with the largest selection of stock in Alaska. He was President of the Anvil Masonic club, and also a member of the Arctic Brotherhood and Eagles (source alaskaweb.org). Joseph Mayer & Brothers was founded in 1895 by a German emigrant and his brothers, they employed 100 workmen, and operated until 1945 when acquired by Towle. A similar spoon was sold on Ebay on 6 February 2019 by David's Coin & Antiques, for $365.
Nome Alaska Struck It Rich Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon - L.W. Suter, Mayer Bros, Nome Gold Miner
Nome Alaska Struck It Rich Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon

Nome Alaska Struck It Rich Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon - L.W. Suter, Mayer Bros, Nome Gold Miner
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