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  Souvenir Mining Spoon Lillian Mine Leadville CO.JPG - SOUVENIR MINING SPOON LILLIAN MINE LEADVILLE CO - Sterling silver spoon, 5 3/4 in. long, engraved mining scene and buildings in bowl with marking LILLIAN MINE LEADVILLE, marked COLORADO on handle along with images of a prospector and pack mule, mule figure on top of handle, ca. 1900, reverse with Sterling marking, 18.8 gms [The Lilian mines are a group of early mines consolidated by the Lilian Mining Company of Leadville CO in 1884.  The Lilian Mining Company was incorporated that year by Tingley S. Wood of Leadville, and John Peters and Frank Leonard of Springfield IL as the only stockholders.  The mines including the Florence and Lilian and several others over an area of 120 acres were located on Printer Boy Hill approximately 5 miles southeast of Leadville between Iowa and California Gulch.  By 1898 the company had built a 40 stamp mill to process the ore.  The mines produced gold-lead ore as well as zinc carbonate ore and were a major producer for several years.  In 1907, Wood sold his interest in the company and at the time was the largest property owner in Leadville.  The spelling of the Lilian mine is somewhat in question.  Major references such as Henderson’s “Mining in Colorado” as well as the Griswolds’ “History of Leadville and Lake County Colorado” tome refer to the mine and company as Lilian.  However other references such as the local Leadville Herald Democrat newspaper and Behre’s USGS Paper 235 “The West Slope of the Mosquito Range” (1953) chose to call it the Lillian mine and company to match the marking on the spoon.  Whatever the name, the Lilian mines continued to operate via lease arrangements into at least the 1920s.]  
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Souvenir Mining Spoon Lillian Mine Leadville CO | SOUVENIR MINING SPOON LILLIAN MINE LEADVILLE CO - Sterling silver spoon, 5 3/4 in. long, engraved mining scene and buildings in bowl with marking LILLIAN MINE LEADVILLE, marked COLORADO on handle along with images of a prospector and pack mule, mule figure on top of handle, ca. 1900, reverse with Sterling marking, 18.8 gms [The Lilian mines are a group of early mines consolidated by the Lilian Mining Company of Leadville CO in 1884. The Lilian Mining Company was incorporated that year by Tingley S. Wood of Leadville, and John Peters and Frank Leonard of Springfield IL as the only stockholders. The mines including the Florence and Lilian and several others over an area of 120 acres were located on Printer Boy Hill approximately 5 miles southeast of Leadville between Iowa and California Gulch. By 1898 the company had built a 40 stamp mill to process the ore. The mines produced gold-lead ore as well as zinc carbonate ore and were a major producer for several years. In 1907, Wood sold his interest in the company and at the time was the largest property owner in Leadville. The spelling of the Lilian mine is somewhat in question. Major references such as Henderson’s “Mining in Colorado” as well as the Griswolds’ “History of Leadville and Lake County Colorado” tome refer to the mine and company as Lilian. However other references such as the local Leadville Herald Democrat newspaper and Behre’s USGS Paper 235 “The West Slope of the Mosquito Range” (1953) chose to call it the Lillian mine and company to match the marking on the spoon. Whatever the name, the Lilian mines continued to operate via lease arrangements into at least the 1920s.] Download Original Image
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