This is one of my favorite Alaska items. I bought it about 15 years ago. It's time to let it go.
Kristian Falkenberg was a pioneer Alaskan who sold this fine pocket watch in Rampart, Alaska, around 1904. As a jewelry dealer, he had his business name printed on the watch face, and also engraved inside. He later moved to the new gold camp of Fairbanks and set up shop there. After his Alaska years he moved his operations to Walla Walla where the Kristian Falkenberg jewelry store continues in business to this day.
Learn more about the gold rush jeweler Kristian Falkenberg here:
This is a fine, high quality, gold watch in a Keystone Extra case. There is a little damage to the watch face between the 1 and the 2; this was, after all, carried around in the Alaska gold rush.
James Wickersham relates a funny story about his own gold pocket watch in his book Old Yukon. In 1903 Judge Wickersham traveled overland from Mount McKinley to Rampart and arrived smelling not very judge-like. “Soon Julius was cutting my two months-old beard and introducing me again to bathtub and soap. After these ministrations were concluded he stepped gingerly to the bank of the Yukon and threw my cast-off clothing, with my hundred-dollar gold watch strongly attached thereto by a moosehide string, into the river, where they took up their journey seaward!”
Included with the watch is this antique watch display with its original hand-blown glass dome. The watch is in running condition.
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U.S . Deputy
from Fairbanks, Alaska!
We are offering one of the best little Alaska collections that we have ever seen.
Fred Schaupp was a pioneer Alaskan who was all over the Territory, and earlier, the District of Alaska.
Early Alaska lawmen badges are exceedingly rare, this one dates from pre-territorial days!
Fred M. Schaupp is listed in the following Polk's Alaska Yukon Gazetteers:
1903 Nome tinner with J.F. Giese
1905 Fairbanks 1st. Ave, cor Lacey mnfr of sheet metal.
1907 Fairbanks 123 8th Ave. sheet metal works
1909-1910 Fairbanks 123 8th Ave. tinner
1911-1912 Chitina tinsmith (see photo)
He was later in Cordova.
When researching Fred M. Schaupp, be careful not to confuse him with
Fred W. Schaupp, a miner and politician from Chatanika.
Fred Schaupp's Deputy Marshal badge includes the most impeccable provenance,
something you just never see with lawmen badges.
The badge looks hand-made of relatively thin metal, and since Fred Schaupp was a sheet metal worker,
the government must have contracted with him to make some badges, needed ASAP in an emergency,
(because of the miners strike) for the Marshal's service. The Deputy Marshal's badge measures
2 7/8 inches wide by 3 1/4 inch tall.
I have shown two photos of it; it was difficult to photo because of its shiny surface.
Included in the collection are all of the items seen in these scans.
There is a stick-pin with a stone in it; I don't believe that it is a real diamond.
The silver match case is marked "sterling" and has the initials "FS" on the front.
The pocket knife has a half inch portion of the pearl missing on the back.
A letter written from Fred's brother-in-law to his wife, talks about shipping freight to Cordova.
An 8 x 10 photo of the Windsor Hotel, Cordova, with republican convention men (I think)
as there is a sled that says GOP with an elephant on it.
A 1912 Cordova newspaper.
Fred Schaupp was deputized for the rapidly escalating miners strike which was covered in the
Fairbanks newspapers starting on on February 8, 1908, and four days later
he was appointed a Deputy United States Marshal. See the newspaper clippings below.
A couple more newspaper references:
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Fairbanks Alaska in 1905
Vintage scene on glass of Fairbanks Alaska, looking across the Chena River.
Note the N.C.Co. building, the wooden bridge, a couple of steamboats,
the Eagle, Lacey & Tanana buildings, and the Alaska Citizen building.
A true Alaskan antique, over 100 years old.
This scene was taken from a very early photograph of Fairbanks titled "Fairbanks Alaska from across Chena River. July 25th 1905."
Part of that photograph is shown for comparison (the photograph is not included in this lot and is held by UAF archives).
5-1/2" wide. A few blemishes in the paint where the paint is lifting.
The back piece is entirely metal.
A rare piece! One of the earliest known souvenirs of Fairbanks.
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