One of the favorite items to put on
mining spoons is the gold pan.
The easiest and cheapest way to prospect for gold is to buy a cheap pan
and then spend hours swishing dirt around in the pan and letting the
water wash off the lighter elements.
The heavier chunks of gold will sink to the bottom and eventually a few
small nuggets or gold flakes will be left in the pan.
These are just a few of many different styles of gold pans displayed on
These type of spoons tend to be generic and typically only refer to an
area. In some cases the spoon bowls show various other designs which
often have no mining relationship.
Please note that the tiny nuggets shown in MOST of these pans are NOT
gold. They are tiny beads of silver.
These two demi sized spoons are different than those shown in the above
picture, because the nuggets shown in the pan are actual gold flakes.
In total weight they are not that heavy, but they are examples of true
The bowls and the gold wiring are plated.
This is a detail view of the nuggets in the pan. These are soldered to
Nice gold pan spoon from Skagway, Alaska
Nice mining pan spoon from San Francisco.
The components of the pan appear to be crystalline shape with a trace
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