December Dreams Premier Auction: Western Americana, Mining, & Numismatics (December 2021)

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Welcome to our "December Dreams" Premier Auction, our final sale of 2021!

December Sale Highlights
This December Sale includes many highlighted collections, including parts of the Ken Prag Postcard Collection, Bill McKivor Token and Medal Collection, MacKenzie Montana Collection, and the Ron Lerch Western Directory Collection, all supplemented by some world-class great rarities from other private collections nationwide.

Fresh to the market is the Ron Lerch Collection of Western Directories. The collection numbers nearly 700 different directories, and here are presented about 200 directories as the first part of this major historic and all-important reference material collection, picked somewhat randomly from the collection. Most of the Western states have several directories offered in this first sale. Some of the key pieces in the December sale are the two very rare San Francisco Chinese business directories, as well as a number of very rare county directories of the nineteenth century. Directories are considered “primary source” material, and as such are essential in aspects of historical research. Few of the directories in the Lerch Collection have been digitized (with the Langley’s San Francisco an obvious exception).

Yes, the Prag Collection keeps on giving! This sale contains about 500 lots of postcards, but the majority, perhaps 350 lots, are from California. This large group offers some of the best and rarest postcards we’ve offered yet, from Pioneer cards (Private Mailing Cards, c1898-1902) to rare artists and themes, such as Disney (1930s cards) and the Titanic (both pre-sinking and post sinking from 1912).

Within these two massive collections is a common theme: Hawaii. The Prag Collection offers about 40 lots of vintage Hawaii postcards, and there are about 7 Hawaiian directories from the Lerch Collection.

Antiquarian photography is another key category for collectors, including many historic and possibly unique western stereo-view cards and photographs, and an absolutely fabulous Ansel Adams original photograph group from his Yosemite Series (all signed), highlighted by “Moon over El Capitan”, print No. 10, considered by many as one of his greatest photographs.

As always, we have a strong Native Americana section, with baskets (more coming in the next sale), jewelry and art. Speaking of Art, we have three early Salvador Dali signed lithographic prints, and a rather wonderful group of Japanese wood block and lithograph prints, many with original signatures.

The MacKenzie Montana Collection continues, with several hundred lots of historical Montana documents and ephemera.

The Railroad and Mining sections contain selections from several private collections with a number of rarities. This sale features premier California Gold Rush and Nevada Territory mining collections!

Our Numismatics section includes a collection of So-Called Dollars and new offerings from the Bill McKivor Nevada token and world-medal collection, not to be missed!

Make sure to use the Keyword search tool to find items in your collecting areas across the three auction days. As usual, our team is happy and ready to answer questions.

And please send us those great collections for 2022! Yours could be the next world record!

--Fred Holabird & Team--


Auction Schedule

Day 1, Friday, December 17th, 2021, Lots 1000-1610
Philatelic (1000-1527)
Military, Political, & Firearms (1528-1558)
Gaming (1559-1577)
Model Railroad & Toys (1578-1610)

Day 2, Saturday, December 18th, 2021, Lots 2000-2683
Books feat. Ron Lerch Directory Collection, Part I (2000-2229)
Mining Artifacts & Ephemera (2230-2363)
Stock Certificates & Bonds (2364-2683)
Mining (2364-2551)
Railroad (2552-2624)
Miscellaneous (2625-2683)

Day 3, Sunday, December 19th, 2021, Lots 3000-3614
Native Americana (3000-3044)
Art feat. Ansel Adams (3045-3087)
General Americana (3088-3388)
Geographically Sorted
Misc. Categories incl. Coffee Mill Collection
Numismatics (3389-3613)
Coins & Currency (3389-3397)
Medals & So-Called Dollars (3398-3447)
Tokens feat. Bill McKivor Nevada Tokens, Part II (3448-3614)
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Vermont Teddy Bear and Boyd's Bear Makers Stock Certificates (2) [141301]2650 - Vermont Teddy Bear and Boyd's Bear Makers Stock Certificates (2) [141301]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Great collectible gift for your little ones. Issued certificates for one share in Vermont Teddy Bear Co. and Boyd's Collection, Ltd. (maker of B...
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Start Price : 60.00 | Estimate : 120.00 - 200.00
 
 
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American Submarine Company Stock, 1870 [130628]2651 - American Submarine Company Stock, 1870 [130628]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
# 63 for 100 shares to Arthur Gilman on February 17, 1870. Signed by vice president William Bailey and secretary Henry Waterman. 25c Certificate reven
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Estimate : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to C*****t for (120.00 + 30.00) = 150.00
 
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Akron Belting Stock Collection [140187]2652 - Akron Belting Stock Collection [140187]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Numbers 77 to 81 with 78 missing. Cancelled. Vignette of product. Under print 100. Blue on white. Incorporated in 1885. Date: 1895 Country (if not
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Estimate : 120.00 - 150.00
Sold to d*******f for (50.00 + 12.50) = 62.50
 
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Washita Cattle Company Bonds-- Home of Black Kettle [142840]2653 - Washita Cattle Company Bonds-- Home of Black Kettle [142840]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Today this country is known as a famous cattle country in Oklahoma. Bond numbers 72 and 73, Vignette of cattle and ender. Two Coupons attached to each
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Estimate : 200.00 - 250.00
Sold to d*******f for (100.00 + 25.00) = 125.00
 
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Broad Top Improvement Company stock, 1875 [130614]2654 - Broad Top Improvement Company stock, 1875 [130614]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
# 462 for 125 shares in 1875. Signed by president Roberts and secretary. Vignette of a horse pulling a canal boat in front of a nice looking city stre
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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimate : 150.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Eby Shoe Company Bonds [122210]2655 - Eby Shoe Company Bonds [122210]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 10. Blue First Mortgage Six Percent Sinking Fund Bond. Signe by Harry Eby. Not cancelled. 1926. The Eby Shoe Company is located at 136 N. State
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Galeton Silk Mills Bond [140186]2656 - Galeton Silk Mills Bond [140186]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of five. Each has coupons 17-20 attached. First Mortgage and Collateral Trust. Consecutively numbered from 257 to 261. Excellent condition! Date
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Franklin Institute Certificate, Mechanic Arts [142842]2657 - Franklin Institute Certificate, Mechanic Arts [142842]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
"This is to certify that A. B. Cooley is the owner of one share of stock of the Franklin Institute; State of Pennsylvania." #34 issued on ...
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Estimate : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to r*********1 for (45.00 + 11.25) = 56.25
 
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Greger Manufacturing Company Stock with Interesting Keyhole Vignette [130601]2658 - Greger Manufacturing Company Stock with Interesting Keyhole Vignette [130601]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Circular view of city street and metal grating in middle of the road immersed into title giving it a peep hole affect. #729 for 50 shares in 1899. Sig
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Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (65.00 + 16.25) = 81.25
 
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Independent Red Men Hall Association Stock, 1872 [130625]2659 - Independent Red Men Hall Association Stock, 1872 [130625]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
# 1772 for 13 shares in 1872. Indian Chief with a flag and eagle in front of modern building vignette. 25c BLUE revenue stamp. Instituted in 1864. The
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MacKeller, Smith and Jordan Company, Stock, 1885 [130597]2660 - MacKeller, Smith and Jordan Company, Stock, 1885 [130597]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Number 2 to Thomas MacKeller and signed by secretary William MacKellar and president Thomas MacKeller. Two pin holes, otherwise no edge, corner or dis
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Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to a****x for (80.00 + 20.00) = 100.00
 
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Philadelphia & West Chester Turnpike Road Company Stocks [122216]2661 - Philadelphia & West Chester Turnpike Road Company Stocks [122216]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of three. Numbers 323, 335, 352. Signed by the Company's President Joseph Powell and Treasurer John Sellers. Allegorical vignette. Conestoga...
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Estimate : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to B*****g for (100.00 + 25.00) = 125.00
 
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Stroudsberg Bank Stocks (and Pine Plains Bank) [122215]2662 - Stroudsberg Bank Stocks (and Pine Plains Bank) [122215]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Three certificates. Early #7 in 1857. # 96 and 125 in 1868. Four vignettes: cattle taking a drink, bull, man and farmers. Cut cancelled. #7 is signed
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Estimate : 150.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (150.00 + 37.50) = 187.50
 
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Morris Canal & Banking Company of 1844 stock [130611]2663 - Morris Canal & Banking Company of 1844 stock [130611]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
# 782 for 20 shares signed by president E. Marsh and secretary. Issued to Joseph Bispham in 1859. Unusual round stamp cancel ñ Oct. 4, 1860. A
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimate : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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North American Land Stock Signed by Franklin, Morris & Marshall [130225]2664 - North American Land Stock Signed by Franklin, Morris & Marshall [130225]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
North American Land Company stock certificate, datelined Philadelphia, issued February 20, 1795, to William Temple Franklin, signed by financier Rober
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Estimate : 600.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to d*******f for (200.00 + 50.00) = 250.00
 
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Two Pennsylvania Rolling Mill Company Stocks, both 1860's [141476]2665 - Two Pennsylvania Rolling Mill Company Stocks, both 1860's [141476]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 2 includes: Lehigh Rolling Mill Company, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Issued in 1866 for 100 shares. Eagle and flag vignette. Also, Mt. Carbon
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Start Price : 150.00 | Estimate : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Boston, Newport and New York Steamboat Company Stock, 1865 [130621]2666 - Boston, Newport and New York Steamboat Company Stock, 1865 [130621]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
# 288 for 2 shares issued to Francis Bacon of Boson. Signed by president Alexander Holmes and secretary Wm. Hayes. Pen cancelled. Nice steamboat vigne
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Estimate : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to d*******f for (40.00 + 10.00) = 50.00
 
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Ashley's Bromide and Arsenic Spring Company Stock, 1889 [130603]2667 - Ashley's Bromide and Arsenic Spring Company Stock, 1889 [130603]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Located at Bristol, Tennessee with a fountain vignette. Don't drink that water! #85 for one share. Printed by Calbert of Detroit. Green border w...
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Estimate : 150.00 - 250.00
Sold to d*******f for (95.00 + 23.75) = 118.75
 
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Lampasas Bridge Company Stock, 1876 with Cattle Drive vignette [130624]2668 - Lampasas Bridge Company Stock, 1876 with Cattle Drive vignette [130624]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Located in Bell County. #44 for one share to DR Boone in 1876. Signed by Reed and Batte(?). Cattle drive vignette. Printed by Milwaukee Printing and E
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Start Price : 200.00 | Estimate : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Republic of Texas Certificate of Stock; Lot of two [122221]2669 - Republic of Texas Certificate of Stock; Lot of two [122221]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Numbers 176 and 654. Both issued to Jos. C. Eldridge. Both are $500. Vignette of seminude allegorical lady with eagle. Signed by Charles Demorse. DeMo
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Estimate : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (1,300.00 + 325.00) = 1,625.00
 
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Republic of Texas Certificate of Stock; signed by DeMorse & Simmons [122222]2670 - Republic of Texas Certificate of Stock; signed by DeMorse & Simmons [122222]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Number 170. Issued to George K. Teulon. $500. Vignette of seminude allegorical lady with eagle. Signed by Charles Demorse. DeMorse, the Texas Stock Co
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Estimate : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (700.00 + 175.00) = 875.00
 
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Vermont Marble Soap Stone & Kentucky Mineral and Lumber Company [122214]2671 - Vermont Marble Soap Stone & Kentucky Mineral and Lumber Company [122214]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) Vermont Marble Soap Stone stock. Early # 7 for 50 shares to Henry Sisson. Dated 1857. Signed by president Sisson. Cut roughly on left. Some aging s
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Estimate : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to c*********p for (90.00 + 22.50) = 112.50
 
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Clifton Forge Banking & Construction Stock (VA) With Panoramic City View [111912]2672 - Clifton Forge Banking & Construction Stock (VA) With Panoramic City View [111912]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Stunning stock certificate issued in 1903. Large size certificate has a bank vignette at top left and a birds-eye city view at the center. The company
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Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (50.00 + 12.50) = 62.50
 
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Longdale Iron Company Stock, 1901 [130617]2673 - Longdale Iron Company Stock, 1901 [130617]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
#297 for 150 shares issued in 1901. Signed by president H. Firmstone. Allegorical vignette with the motto Sic Semper Tyrannis [thus always to tyrants]
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Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 6****A for (55.00 + 12.10) = 67.10
 
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Cerberite Manufacturing Company of Washington DC Stock, 1902 [130602]2674 - Cerberite Manufacturing Company of Washington DC Stock, 1902 [130602]
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# 47 for 83 shares issued in 1902. Signed by president James L. Norris. Three headed lion vignette ñ trademark! Green border, under print and
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Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 6****A for (50.00 + 11.00) = 61.00
 
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Metropolitan Middlings Purifying Company Stock, 1875, Great American Vignette! [130595]2675 - Metropolitan Middlings Purifying Company Stock, 1875, Great American Vignette! [130595]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Wheat farm vignette with Capital in background on a hill! The company was located at 607 7th street. # 86 for 20 shares to Elisha C Ayer. Signed by se
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimate : 100.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Eastern United States Stock Lot  [140202]2676 - Eastern United States Stock Lot [140202]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of eighteen. Includes three Seminole Land & Investment Company. Lake Tohopekauga vignette. 1909. Mutual Union Brewing. 1907. Union Mutual In...
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Estimate : 200.00 - 250.00
Sold to d*******f for (130.00 + 32.50) = 162.50
 
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Gillette Safety Razor Specimen Stock [130592]2677 - Gillette Safety Razor Specimen Stock [130592]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Orange on white with large Gillette Razor vignette. Auto printed names of president (Spring) and secretary are hole punched. Black print on orange bor
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Estimate : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to g******n for (150.00 + 37.50) = 187.50
 
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St. Louis and Providence Stock Certificates [140184]2678 - St. Louis and Providence Stock Certificates [140184]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) Seven Merchants Exchange of St. Louis Certificate of Membership stock. The earliest is # 82. Four vignettes: Three manufacturing building related a
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Estimate : 200.00 - 250.00
Sold to d*******f for (90.00 + 22.50) = 112.50
 
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Telephone Stock Group: Connecticut, Rocky Mountain Bell and American [122217]2679 - Telephone Stock Group: Connecticut, Rocky Mountain Bell and American [122217]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of three. 1) Connecticut Telephone. # 195. Cancelled. 1882. Rocky Mountain Telephone. # 132. 1884. Unusual Native American vignette. Cancelled. In
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Estimate : 200.00 - 250.00
Sold to d*******f for (110.00 + 27.50) = 137.50
 
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Two Colorful and Collectable Stocks [122213]2680 - Two Colorful and Collectable Stocks [122213]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) Weir Frog Company. Number 8 is issued (RARE) and cancelled. Six different underprint red rail vignettes! Unique! Six unissued stocks. 2) Thompson B
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Estimate : 120.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (160.00 + 40.00) = 200.00
 
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Two Lumber Company Stocks [140199]2681 - Two Lumber Company Stocks [140199]
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1) Thompson Brothers Lumber. #91 for 100 shares. One of the most colorful stocks you will find. Texas. Texas star embossed seal. Trees and logs of Gre
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Estimate : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to d*******f for (75.00 + 18.75) = 93.75
 
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Cuba Stock Certificates and Stereoview (4) [141389]2682 - Cuba Stock Certificates and Stereoview (4) [141389]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Three Cuba related stock certificates. Includes a stock certificate from Calixto Lopez & Co., producer of Cuban cigars issued in 1913. Issued to...
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Start Price : 80.00 | Estimate : 160.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Manoa Company Bond [140200]2683 - Manoa Company Bond [140200]
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#488. $1000 Sinking Fund First Mortgage Gold Bond. Three vignettes: cattle, African American cotton picker and river boat being loaded with cotton. Th
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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimate : 150.00 - 200.00
 
 
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