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Joseph Mayer "Reno" Mining Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon

Joseph Mayer "Reno" Mining Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon
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Made by Joseph Mayer (Mayer Brothers) of Seattle, whose "triangle" emblem and "Sterling" appear on the backside of the handle, this spoon measures 5 1/4" long and weighs approximately .7 T. oz.

A souvenir spoon, it is artfully crafted.

The shank portrays a branch embellished with grape leaves and fruit as well as poppies. This is surmounted with a prospector's mining pan with a cluster of nuggets inside. A pick and shovel lie behind this and a rope handle bucket above it.

An especially clever detail is an actual, flexible, silver chain, i.e. rope, that encircles the piece from the end of the shovel handle on the reverse to the base of the shank where it loops and ties off.

Apropos of the mining theme, the pale gold washed, satin finish, bowl is bright cut engraved "Reno" in fancy lettering, although the grape and poppy imagery suggests the piece could have been appropriated for nearby California locations as well.

In superb condition, this shows no evidence of wear or damage. Even the delicate rope chain is intact and the finish is rich and even.

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