Autumn Splendor Auction: Americana, Railroad, Numismatics, Mining (October 2021)

Auction Details

Welcome to our Autumn Splendor Auction, the first of our fabulous end-of-the-year sales! This sale features many important collections:

**Stuart “Scotty” MacKenzie Montana Collection**

Stuart (Scotty to his immediate family and circle of Montana friends) was an inveterate collector and dealer. Aside from his regular job as a lawyer in a firm of two with his old school buddy, he did damn near everything else. If the kids wanted a horse, there was one. Then four. Then more. After his wife Shirley spotted one of the kids swinging in the air, hanging onto the reins for dear life, that was it for the horses.

Then there was the ranch and cattle. Too much cow poop on the boots in the office that also came home into the house, and that was it for the ranch. Stuart scoured the backroads of northern Montana looking for documents, archives, company files, libraries, correspondence – most anything historical except bottles and tokens. He got lucky - that bug never bit him.

He was a regular at university library book sales, often buying the “whole thing.” He’d trade for things he wanted, trade for stuff he didn’t want, but the museum or society really wanted it badly, so off it went. He was a major supporter of the local Chinook Historical Society (Blaine County Historical Society), and a major contributor and concept man for the Chinook Wildlife Museum on Main Street today.
His grandfather was a Montana Senator, and a wing of the university in Havre is named after him. The family were die-hard UMontana fans and supporters. A family house in Whitefish was a regular vacationing spot, not far from Glacier National Park.

In all the years of knowing Stuart (40 or so), I never got the opportunity to meet his wife Shirley or his kids. It seems the few shows I did not attend on some years (Memphis, in particular), the family would be there, but I wasn’t. When he called me a few days before his passing, I heard the emergency of the hour in his voice. I thought I’d talk to him in a few days, but it was too late. But I finally got to meet Shirley, and she’s a “ten” in every way. But at least he had told me over the years what he had, where it was, and so forth, so that when I first went to Chinook, it was somewhat familiar to me. I knew what to look for and where. We brought back two 28-foot trucks and a large, tall van full of goods, probably 18-19 tons of collectible material. A local auction was held for some of the larger and fragile material in his store, which had been closed for ten years. We also left behind another 28-foot truck worth of goods, but we had sorted thru most.

Even though Chinook is a prairie town, a stop on the Burlington Northern 20 miles from Havre (HAV’– er), the midpoint between Seattle and Minneapolis, Stuart had a strong love of mining stuff. He scored big in Butte, in Virginia City, in Pony, Helena and many other towns. He put together massive correspondence collections which will be offered at a future date. We put together a massive Montana town document collection of over 500 different locations – nearly 600! There are document archives from many of Montana’s most famous towns that are offered in this sale and upcoming sales. This is a very rare opportunity to garner such collections. We have not seen anything like this since about 1992 when we sold off a major Nevada archive in San Francisco.

Another major holding are his fruit labels and other labels, which date from the 1870s right through about 1950 or so. These come from all over America, and some from Europe. He bought large accumulations from dealers who bought out closed printer businesses. He also scored a huge deal on Victorian wall art, mostly pretty ladies in attire of the times, the kind put up in saloons, and well used today in interior decorating. He found large advertising groups sure to make hundreds of collectors happy.

Then there are postcards, postal history, bird prints, and a fantastic Montana library – hundreds of boxes, which we will supplement with another Montana library at a later date.

**Shirley Bovis Private Tombstone Cowboy Museum**

For decades, Shirley was a main-stay in Tombstone, an avid collector, part-time dealer and nice person. She bought long time Tombstone dealer Joe Soebbing’s adobe in the middle of town, and quickly turned part of it into a museum. She also owned the Tombstone Bead Company, an off-shoot of the Bovis Bead Company as America’s only dealer in specialty beads from Lyon, France, now long out of production. We hope to be offering these beads at a later date, as they have sat “idle” for more than 40 years. Shirley collected gambling items, saloon, cowboy, Native American – pretty much everything that is and was Tombstone. This collection will also come out a bit at a time.

**Western Coin Dealers and Collectors**

We continue to get in great collections of tokens, medals and bullion coins from a wide variety of western coin dealers and collectors. Our market has been very hot, and it shows. This sale features a great batch of so-called dollars.

**Ken Prag Postcards and Stocks**

We picked up another large group of cards and stocks from Ken, and by publication time may not have had time to process much, but it's coming! This sale features a large batch of California postcards, as well as more rare autograph stocks including American Express, Wells Fargo, Robert Morris, and more!

**Railroad Passes, Lock Keys, Lamps, Stocks, & Ephemera**

We received consignments from three important railroad pass and stock collections, all in this sale. It's still tough for us to price them, so we try to keep the start price cheap and you guys figure out the rest! This sale also features nearly 200 lots of lock keys and lamps, and a huge railroad library.

**Mining**

Western mining photographs, documents, and publications, as well as carbide lamps. Mining stocks include an issued Bodie stock signed by Leland Stanford; a California mining stock signed by famous Western author Bret Harte; and a collection of Canadian stocks.

**Hollywood & Disney Autographs & Ephemera**

A huge group of autographed pictures and cuts from Hollywood's biggest stars thru time. Also rare Disney collectibles and ephemera.

**Rare Books**

In addition to nearly 75 lots of Montana directories from the MacKenzie Collection, we're thrilled to offer a Shakespeare Original First Folio Fragment, "The First Part of Henry the Fourth."

**& Much More!

Native Americana; jewelry; a big group of belt buckles and other cowboy collectibles; bottles & saloon collectibles; rare Western documents and photos; militaria including Civil War knives; gaming & circus collectibles; art & advertising, and more!

Keep the Collections Coming!

We have three of the best western collections of their kind coming up in future months. And I mean the kind you’ve all been waiting for, but did not know about them.

Please keep us in mind for selling your collection, and contact me, fredholabird@gmail.com. --Fred Holabird & Team--

Auction Schedule

Day 1, October 28th, 2021, Lots 1000-1651
General Americana Pt. I
Alaska-Wyoming incl. MacKenzie Montana Ephemera Collection (1000-1538)
Bottles & Saloon & Cigar (1539-1602)
Marbles & Toys (1603-1651)

Day 2, October 29th, 2021, Lots 2000-2632
General Americana Pt. II (2000-2537)
Books feat. the Montana Directories & Shakespeare First Folio (2000-2174)
Gaming & Circus (2175-2209)
Cowboy (2210-2257)
Jewelry (2258-2295)
Miscellaneous (2296-2506)
General Foreign (2507-2537)
Firearms, Military, & Political (2538-2632)

Day 3, October 30th, 2021, Lots 3000-3661
Art & Advertising (3000-3152)
Native Americana (3153-3226)
Transportation (3227-3661)
Air, Auto, Steamer (3227-3259)
Railroadiana (3260-3661)
Passes (3260-3328)
Ephemera (3329-3421)
Keys (3422-3555)
Lamps (3556-3614)
Model Trains (3615-3661)

Day 4, October 31st, 2021, Lots 4000-4618
Mining Ephemera & Collectibles (4000-4110)
Stocks & Bonds (4111-4371)
Mining (4111-4233)
Oil (4234-4251)
Railroad (4252-4298)
Misc. incl. Autographs, Early American, & Express (4299-4371)
Numismatics (4372-4618)
Ingots (4372-4377)
Currency, Scrip, Ephemera (4378-4409)
Coins (4410-4462)
Medals & So-Called Dollars (4463-4565)
Tokens (4566-4618)

Day 5, November 1st, 2021, Lots 5000-5648
Philatelic (5000-5398)
Postcards (5000-5367)
Covers & Stamps (5368-5398)
Bargains & Dealer Specials (5399-5648)
General Americana (5399-5482)
Stocks & Bonds (5483-5573)
Numismatics (5574-5648)




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US Military Memorabilia  [139142]2600 - US Military Memorabilia [139142]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot contains a variety of items including four color pictures, one framed, of military generals including Stonewall Jackson and battle scenes includin
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Expense Report for 1814 British Light Brigade  [140494]2601 - Expense Report for 1814 British Light Brigade [140494]
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This is a statement of expenses for Major Schaumann of the Light Brigade in Hanover and part of the allied German troops under the command of British
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John Green Family Register c. 1838 (2)  [139283]2602 - John Green Family Register c. 1838 (2) [139283]
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Lot of 2. Family Register of Lieutenant Colonel John Green, 6th Infantry @ death in 1838. Register consists of handwriting and newspaper clipping adhe
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Handwritten Letter from Kansas Major  [140482]2603 - Handwritten Letter from Kansas Major [140482]
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This is correspondence from Kansas Major H.T. Beman dated July 7, 1876. He is inquiring as to the confirmation of enrollment in the state militia of o
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Connecticut Arms Company Uncut Sheets of Checks  [138528]2604 - Connecticut Arms Company Uncut Sheets of Checks [138528]
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Dating from the 1860s, two sheets of five checks each, unissued. Nice vignette of working blacksmith. Date: Country (if not USA): State: Conne
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.32 Caliber S&W Empty Cartridge Box and Empty Black Powder Can  [139530]2605 - .32 Caliber S&W Empty Cartridge Box and Empty Black Powder Can [139530]
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This box of .32 caliber S&W center-fire cartridges is empty but contains a note that all cartridges were loaded with Hazard Gunpowder. An inside...
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Holsters for Colt revolvers  [140811]2606 - Holsters for Colt revolvers [140811]
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Our first holster is a double-loop style holster and made of pig skin. The flap has been repaired indicating much usage. It fits a Colt revolver with
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Holsters for Smith & Wesson Service revolvers  [137742]2607 - Holsters for Smith & Wesson Service revolvers [137742]
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This lot contains three holsters for Smith & Wesson revolvers of different lengths. All right-handed for S& W service revolvers with the lar...
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Knife Album (Book)  [139139]2608 - Knife Album (Book) [139139]
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Hard cover book titled Knife Album by Colonel Robert Mayes. Copyright 1970. Revised 1973. Third Printing 1975. 554 pgs. Thousands of pictures of knive
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Joseph Allen & Sons Bowies Knife C. 1900  [139990]2609 - Joseph Allen & Sons Bowies Knife C. 1900 [139990]
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This Bowie knife with clip point is 10-inch overall length with a 6-5/8 in. blade. Stamped NON-XLL marked at the ricasso "Joseph Allen & So...
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Bowie Knife by Lander, Ferry & Clark   [139991]2610 - Bowie Knife by Lander, Ferry & Clark [139991]
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This bowie knife is made by "Lander, Ferry & Clark Aetna Works" stamped "Grand Prize St. Louis 1904" The overall length is 1...
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Japanese Sword  [137740]2611 - Japanese Sword [137740]
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This is a Japanese sword 35-1/2 in. overall length with a 10-inch Tsuka or handle. Covered in eel skin and a loose wrap of tan colored fabric. There i
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Detroit Photography Co.: Betsy Ross and George Washington  [139712]2612 - Detroit Photography Co.: Betsy Ross and George Washington [139712]
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This lot has three photographs by the Detroit Photography Co. attributed to W. H. Jackson: #51270 Christ Church Old North Boston (2), #51365 Betsy Ros
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Discussion of Martin Van Buren Election & "United We Stand" Quote  [139222]2613 - Discussion of Martin Van Buren Election & "United We Stand" Quote [139222]
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Lengthy 4-page letter written by Franklin Moore to his brother dated 1839 discussing the election of Martin Van Buren as US President in 1836. Also di
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Land Grant Signed by Secretary for President Buchanan [125233]2614 - Land Grant Signed by Secretary for President Buchanan [125233]
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Signed Land Patent by secretary for President Buchanan for land given to a Mexican War veteran, John Fulton, a seaman on the USS Constitution. Propert
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Harper's Lincoln Inaugural Edition  [139332]2615 - Harper's Lincoln Inaugural Edition [139332]
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A fascinating piece of history. This is the March 18, 1865 edition of "Harper's Weekly Journal of Civilization" commemoration the seco...
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Mathew Brady Portrait of John Wilkes Booth  [127010]2616 - Mathew Brady Portrait of John Wilkes Booth [127010]
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This is a 2.5 x 3.5-inch Mathew Brady portrait of John Wilkes Booth. A text card on the reverse states that it is from the original negative. It is un
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Autograph of Treasurer of the United States Francis E. Spinner  [139196]2617 - Autograph of Treasurer of the United States Francis E. Spinner [139196]
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Francis E. Spinner (1802-1890) was a New York banker and politician appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as Treasurer of the United States in 1861,
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Theodore Roosevelt Inauguration Ticket  [139152]2618 - Theodore Roosevelt Inauguration Ticket [139152]
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Ticket to the President's Reviewing Stand, August 4th, 1905, Inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt. Small print on bottom of ticket states Issued b...
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Woodrow Wilson Land Grant  [140490]2619 - Woodrow Wilson Land Grant [140490]
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A land grant to Lee DeSmet (Indian) of the Lower Brule Reservation.160 acres. It is signed by the secretary of President Wilson. Please see photos for
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Jimmy Carter Autographed Photos (2)  [139166]2620 - Jimmy Carter Autographed Photos (2) [139166]
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Lot of 2. Autographed 8 x 10-inch color photos of former President Jimmy Carter. One photo standing in front of US flag, stamped June 4, 1983, on back
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Presidential Ephemera (25)  [139226]2621 - Presidential Ephemera (25) [139226]
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Lot of 25: Highlighting this collection is a presidential ribbon for Lincoln & Hamlin for President, 1860. Tears at top, a few holes in ribbon, ...
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J. Edgar Hoover Signed Letters  [139206]2622 - J. Edgar Hoover Signed Letters [139206]
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Lot of four letters to special agent Arthur J. Van Havern signed by John Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Letters are da
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J. Edgar Hoover signed Photograph  [139131]2623 - J. Edgar Hoover signed Photograph [139131]
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Autographed B&W photo of J. Edgar Hoover. Mounted and framed. Date: Country (if not USA): State: City: Provenance:
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Texas Postcards & Gov. Connally 1965 Invite  [140501]2624 - Texas Postcards & Gov. Connally 1965 Invite [140501]
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Two framed and postmarked 1908 & 1909 postcards and an invitation and cover from former Texas Governor John Connally to a Democratic Victory Din...
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Democratic National Convention Chairman's Pass, Printer's Proof  [140735]2625 - Democratic National Convention Chairman's Pass, Printer's Proof [140735]
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Democratic National Convention Official Pass for Chairman, Paul G. Kirk, Jr. Printer's Proof. "1988 / Democratic / National / Convention / ...
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Republican Party Medals/Ribbons (13)  [139211]2626 - Republican Party Medals/Ribbons (13) [139211]
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Lot of 13: Various G.O.P. medals/ribbons from conventions, committees, clubs. Highlight of collection is a Delegate medallion w/ribbon for the Nationa
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Peoples Party Convention Ribbon  [127012]2627 - Peoples Party Convention Ribbon [127012]
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In July 1892, the Populist Party (or People's Party), formed by farmers and labor supporters, held its first convention in Omaha, Nebraska. At t...
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Montana Political Ephemera Collection  [140537]2628 - Montana Political Ephemera Collection [140537]
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A plethora (that means a lot) of political ads, business cards, advertising billheads, pertaining to city, county, state and national elections and po
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Governors Autograph Collection  [139205]2629 - Governors Autograph Collection [139205]
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Interesting collection of 19 typewritten letters written in 1895 by the governors of various states in response to William G. Welch's invitation...
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VIP Political Autograph Photos  [127678]2630 - VIP Political Autograph Photos [127678]
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An incredible group of historical autographs from world renowned people. First, we have the autograph of the first Afro-American Associate Justice of
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Puck Magazine Political Cartoons  [140050]2631 - Puck Magazine Political Cartoons [140050]
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Collection of about 60 colorful magazine covers of political cartoons from Puck magazine. Dated from the early 1880s through the early 20th century. 1
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Political Art from the 1890's  [139522]2632 - Political Art from the 1890's [139522]
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There are two pieces in this lot: Puck Magazine - a cartoon about a "bogus cremation" of a liberal at 13 x 19 inches; Judge Magazine cover...
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