Dynamite, Guns, and Gold

Auction Details

April auction
1. The Great American Mining Collection
a. Miners Candlesticks. About 300 different. This is easily the finest public offering of uniquely American historic miners candlesticks in history. The sheer volume of the offering is sure to stimulate new collectors in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The material is organized roughly around Wilson-Bobrink, the breakthrough reference for miners candlesticks. You’ll find new discoveries, personalized sticks and expanded discussion regarding manufactured sticks.
b. Mine Carbide Collectibles. The Collection is so massive that we’ve split it into two parts, with the second part coming in June. The development of the acetylene lamps was a scientific breakthrough for the mining industry. The April sale has many tidbits for the collection, including some large hand held lamps and a sampling of other lamps. The June sale has the majority of the Superintendent style hand/hanging lamps and the cap lamps. The collections of carbide/acetylene devices number in excess of one thousand pieces, all different.
c. Miner’s Safety Lamps. This historic invention created generations of scientific devices used for the all-important gas detection. The Collection has 90 different safety lamps. Most will be offered in June.
d. Miner’s Oil wick lamps, hundreds, all different. A large collection of these coal region lamps, they will be offered in June.
e. Other underground mine lighting devices – a vast collection of foreign lamps
f. Wood Blasting and Candle boxes. There is a wonderful collection of these very “showy” collectibles. The variety of the collection is excellent, from explosives boxes to cap boxes to candle boxes. The variety in size is notable too, with a number of the smaller 25 pound boxes. There are at least 50- a sizable collection. A few will be in the June sale, but most in April.
g. Blasting cap tin collection. A significant collection that has singles as well as original boxes full. Easily over 100 blasting cap tin boxes.
h. Mine bell signal signs and other mining enamel signs. A Collection you won’t want to forget. This collection has a wide variety of not only western mines, but international mine signs. The individual state mine bell signal signs are the clear highlight.
i. Mining equipment Patent models -three of them, nineteenth century
2. Antique Bottle Collections
a. Arizona Collection. A wide variety of medicines, sodas and milk bottles
b. Small Nevada Collection. The April sale has some rare Nevada items, with more coming in June.
c. Major Western Whiskey Flask Collection. This collection is slated for June.
d. Great Rarities of Western Whiskies. The April sale offers some outstanding rarities not usually seen at any auction gallery. These are sure to excite the advanced collectors.
e. Colorful antique bottles. It seems we always have submittals of beautiful antique bottles. We’ve got a section in every sale.
f. Leadville, Colorado Collection. A collection of medicines and soda bottles. This one is different – nearly every specimen is dead mint. Watch for the Colorado whiskies coming in June!
3. Postal History and Wells Fargo Express- a large collection of widely varied material. A section we always have, a popular colleting category.
4. Gold
a. Nuggets from Western Sites
b. High grade visible gold in ore specimens from major Nevada mining districts such as Austin and Tuscarora.
c. Jewelry and watches. A collection of pocket watches, gold and Native America jewelry. Diamond jewelry too.
5. Coins, Currency – Numismatics
a. Important 1860’s Unionville silver ingot, a discovery piece
b. Major Morgan Dollar Collection, including varieties
c. US coins, including gold
d. US $20 Gold Note, AU
e. Hundreds of US Proof and Mint sets
f. Fun US currency collectible lots
g. Rare So-Called dollars and gaming items
h. Tokens- great variety of national interest
6. Toys
a. Trains. HO sets, more than 60 engines
b. Hot Wheels. Hundreds of cars.
c. Military toy planes, boats, etc.
d. Original boxed models
7. Documents
a. Mining stocks, some great material
b. Rare western maps
c. V&T RR Document Collection- a beauty
d. Lots of other key pieces
8. Firearms- More than 100 antique firearms. A wide variety of collectible firearms including rarities.
9. Militaria. A nice collection of maybe 100+ pieces coming in June.
a. Swords. A couple dozen
b. Helmets. Dozens
10. Cowboy
a. Great spurs, including silver inlay Garcia
11. Western Research- Key books – a dozen rare western directories, etc.
More Coming In June or Later:
1. A great Western Antique Bottle Collection- considering having a sale in conjunction with the Reno Show in June.
2. Swords- Katana Collection, about 800 different, one of the best collections in America. Watch for an important separate auction!
3. More from the Great American Mining Collection, Carbide lamps, part 2; and Oil wick Lamps
4. The Appalachian Gold Belt Collection- America’s First Gold Discoveries, 1828- the finest collection of documents in private hands. Watch for a stand-alone sale here. We are negotiating venues now.
5. A special offering of mining properties in Colorado. The fee-simple patented claims are in a major gold district, where current exploration is just getting going. Some properties in this district have also produced great gold specimens for the collectors.

If you have collections that might fit into our upcoming sales, please be sure to contact us - we will be traveling to pick up collections for the next 2 months in California, Arizona, Montana and Colorado, with a possible trip to the New York-Boston area later in the year as well.
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Rare Leather Covered Whiskey Flask2598 - Rare Leather Covered Whiskey Flask
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pint. Thick heavy glass, 5" x 5.5" x 1.5" neck. Each side has a vertical window in the leather to see the liquor. Silver screw top, ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 80.00 - 200.00
Sold to r******c for (50.00 + 12.00) = 62.00
Milk Glass Coffin Half Pint Whiskey Flask2599 - Milk Glass Coffin Half Pint Whiskey Flask
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Ground glass top, screw top with original metal top. Not embossed, circa 1880s, a rarity. Mint. State: City: Date: ID#46729
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 70.00 - 150.00
Sold to t*****4 for (90.00 + 21.60) = 111.60
Quart Scroll Historical Flask2600 - Quart Scroll Historical Flask
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Four scrolls and star on each face with the star on the shoulder on each side. Open pontil. 8.75 inches tall, 2.5 inches thick. Small lip chip, imperc
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 70.00 - 150.00
Sold to 9*****H for (85.00 + 17.85) = 102.85
Quaker Maid Whiskey Set2601 - Quaker Maid Whiskey Set
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Quart clear whiskey bottle, embossed Quaker Maid Whiskey, with full face label on one side and base label on the other. A gorgeous example of this rar
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to t********n.. for (65.00 + 13.65) = 78.65
Three Foreign Pictorial Bottles2602 - Three Foreign Pictorial Bottles
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Heybran, Cardiff, with the Dragon at center. Light green, 9 inches tall, applied top, mint. WHITBREAD & Co. Limited London, Dragon at Center, de...
Bidding Has Concluded
Start Price : 30.00 | Estimates : 60.00 - 150.00
Four Nice Old Bottles2603 - Four Nice Old Bottles
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Atwood's Bitters, aqua, applied top, 6 inches tall. Cobalt blue small size seltzer from LUZERN. Two tone ginger beer by BISCOMBE. Crown top aqua...
Bidding Has Concluded
Start Price : 45.00 | Estimates : 90.00 - 150.00
Three American Embossed Amber Beers2604 - Three American Embossed Amber Beers
Holabird Western Americana Collections
(1)WUNDER Bottling Co., San Francisco half pint. (2) Sonoma Brewing Co. half pint. (3) McAVOY Brewing and Malt, Chicago, squat beer. All three appear
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to k*******2 for (30.00 + 7.20) = 37.20
BEGGS Dandelion Bitters2605 - BEGGS Dandelion Bitters
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Amber rectangle, tooled top, 7 inches tall. Ring B 51. Ring does not show this bottle in Amber and indicates the clear variety is rare. Thus this vari
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 250.00
Sold to 2****6 for (70.00 + 14.70) = 84.70
Western Whiskey Collection, Seven Fifths (six are amber)2606 - Western Whiskey Collection, Seven Fifths (six are amber)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Hollywood whiskey, tooled top Amber quart. Hall Luhrs, Sacramento Barnett 317. Jesse Moore. Tooled top. GIER, Oakland. McDonald and Cohn, San Francisc
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to f*****E for (50.00 + 12.00) = 62.00
Pressed Glass Decanter/Backbar Bottle2607 - Pressed Glass Decanter/Backbar Bottle
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Pressed clear glass backbar decanter, fluted shoulders and neck. Fancy Gothic patterns in glass. Leaded glass, probably c1900. No visible condition pr
Bidding Has Concluded
Start Price : 30.00 | Estimates : 60.00 - 120.00
Antique Bottles Found in Nevada2608 - Antique Bottles Found in Nevada
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Collection of eight nice old bottles. Two Duffy malt whiskey's, Kennedys discovery cure, JSP in teal, Jackson soda blob top, two Dr. Kilmer'...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to B********R for (25.00 + 6.00) = 31.00
Antique Bottle group (12)2609 - Antique Bottle group (12)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
. Collection of 12 old bottles, all generally common but a nice variety and a nice collection. A bargain. State: City: Date: ID#46839
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 40.00 - 80.00
Sold to i*********1 for (20.00 + 4.80) = 24.80
Three early Green Insulators2610 - Three early Green Insulators
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) Hemingray No.2. 2) Lynchburg # 30. 3) Insulator with a large star on front and small star on reverse. State: City: Date: ID#46909
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 150.00
Sold to n********w.. for (25.00 + 5.25) = 30.25
Fire Grenade2611 - Fire Grenade
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Red glass fire grenade bulb from Round Mountain. Nine inches tall, with metal ring for hanging. No markings or manufacturer's name. State: C...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to S*********m for (130.00 + 31.20) = 161.20