Unknown makers mark and the 835 mark slightly lower silver content than sterling at 925. Measures about 6 1/2 and weighs about 15 grams. The Maid of the Mist was originally a Haudenosaunee myth and predated European colonization of America. In the ancient myth, a young widow, in a suicidal bereavement, got into her canoe and entered the waters above the falls. At first she felt peace, but when she heard the roar of the falls, her hands began to tremble, as she realized there would be physical pain with death.
She prayed to Heno, the God of Thunder, said to inhabit the waters below the falls, that her death should be swift and her courage would not fail her at the point of death. As the canoe entered the rapids, she threw away her paddle, and watched the falls growing near, and the sky reached down to touch the edge of the water as it plunged into the cataract.She gripped the sides of her canoe as the current heaved it, moving her to and fro, swiftly to her end. But Heno, having heard her prayers, caught the maiden in his arms, just as she was going over the crest, and carried her to his home beneath the waters, where he and his sons ministered to her, and ultimately she married the Thunder god's younger son. In time, a son was born to the couple, and the lad followed his grandfather everywhere, learning what it was to be the God of Thunder and they lived happily for a time. There is more to the story. This is clearly the maid of the mist in her canoe heading out into the river with the water lapping against the side of the canoe.
It is double sided and in excellent condition quite rare to find anything in silver for this topic. Please take note the name rosemarie is inscribed on the back. It is quite rare for a Niagara Falls collector, native American Indian, letter opener , silver or art collector. The item "RARE MAID OF THE MIST NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN LETTER OPENER 8.35 sterling silver" is in sale since Saturday, October 24, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (.
The seller is "bigjohn327" and is located in Atlantic Beach, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States.