Gold Rush Auction

Auction Details

Welcome to our Gold Rush sale of 2018!!

The sale features the Al Adams Gold Rush Memorabilia Collection
and a number of other prominent collections.

Mr. Adams has been collecting for over 40 years, and along the way assembled perhaps the best collection in private hands, making this sale a “Once in a Lifetime Event.” His specialty is an area few Americans ever knew about- the Georgia - North Carolina gold rush, c1799-1840’s, literally decades before the California Gold Rush. Just think about some of the great pieces in this collection:

*The first Gold Company stock certificate (1807)

*1830 Letter from Georgia Bank to US Mint asking what to do with the gold coming in

*Gold Lottery Tickets for Georgia land

*Gold Lot Deeds with Medals rarely seen by collectors

*Pigeon Roost Mining Co. scrip collection (1835-1838), possibly the finest assembled

*Belfast Mining Co. scrip collection (1830’s), finest assembled

*Dahlonega, Charlotte, San Francisco, Carson City, Denver, New Orleans, Philadelphia Mint gold bullion receipts

*Gold Rush era private assayer bullion receipts from California, Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Arizona

*1840’s, 1850’s and 1860’s mining company stock certificates from both the east (Appalachian gold belt) and the West (California, Nevada, Colorado) – the best offering to date.

*Over two dozen different Nevada territorial stock certificates.

These tidbits are part of this unique sale, which makes it the best offering of its kind in history.

The Gold Rush sale is nothing short of phenomenal.

The Gold Rush Setting

Here is the setting under which the gold discoveries in Georgia and North Carolina were made:

…Imagine a world before the civil war, before the gold rush, right after the United States was formed. We had just created our first coinage in the early to mid 1790’s. As a country, we had just 16 states by 1800, which crept up to 24 states by 1821 and remained there for 15 years! Development of the areas south and west of and in the original 13 states was slow. It was called the “western frontier”. The “America” then consisted of Native Americans and expats from western Europe looking for a better life. Most were farmers or merchants. The “scientists” of the western world remained in western Europe. Mankind dint know much about geology- indeed, the first geologic map was printed in Europe in 1799, and it would take another 25-30 years before we had anything similar in America. The science of ore deposits was not well understood, and was only just recently out from under the mystique of Alchemy.

Enter the discovery of a gold nugget in North Carolina in 1799. It took fully 29 years before substantive gold discoveries were made in Georgia and North Carolina. Here is the amazing part- these discoveries were made from good-old American ingenuity. Not one single miner had an education in mining in Europe. As far as is known, not a single man in the Georgia, North Carolina gold rush had been a miner. These men developed the ability to look for gold and mining systems on their own in the American wilderness, a marvelous feat of accomplishment – a true iconic part of American ingenuity at its best.

More on the Auction

To add to this remarkable collection are hundreds of mining artifacts, including many collected from Georgia mines, as well as a fantastic Numismatic library inclusive of many rarities.

*Other collections featured include the collection of Robert Bennett, a well known mining geologist who spent a good part of his career working the Goldfield district. During his 45-plus year career, he collected high grade ore specimens from many major mines he was lucky enough to work on, and these are dutifully included in this sale, as are gold and fabulous turquoise specimens from longtime collector Jerry Gray of Carson City.

*Our friend Vern Potter, a national ephemera dealer known to all, retired from the business and gave us his massive collection, some of which is here, including gold rush era exchanges, important maps, and special documents you haven’t seen in decades (more in coming sales!). Added to this are pieces from the Ken Prag Collection, which keeps on coming with great rarities!

*Gold rush era coins, such as a complete Hart gold token set, -all graded and holdered; a number of Carson City coins; a fabulous 999 fine golden egg custom made for an Arizona collector in 1982; gold rush era soda bottles in hues of cobalt blue, teal, green from San Francisco, Sacramento and Savannah; Nevada mining camp bottles; Pawnee Bill full color posters – an integral part of Western history all supplement an otherwise terrific sale; and choice western mining photographs.

*Rare books with a mining theme are also present, from several collections, including the Robert Fulton collection (former head of Univ. Nevada, reno in the 1920’s). A key piece from one of the collections is an inscribed Sutro Tunnel book to Melville Atwood from the “Father of Arizona” Charles D. Poston.

*The mining stock certificate collections offered here are among the best ever offered by us. They include four major collections. including the Laguna Collection of rare Arizona stocks, part of a major Bodie collection, antique firearms, and rare Tahoe gaming chips.

*Western revenue checks with a focus on the Comstock Lode

Auction Schedule

Day One (Lots 1000-1755)
Numismatics (1000-1577)
U.S. Mint (1000-1068)
Coins & Coins Collectibles (1069-1208)
Ingots (1209-1215)
Currency, Scrip, & Currency Collectibles (1216-1357)
Checks & Exchanges (1358-1424)
Tokens (1425-1489)
Medals (1490-1553)
Scales (1554-1581)

Wells Fargo & Other Express (1582-1693)
Adams & Co. (1582-1606)
Wells Fargo (1607-1676)
Other Express (1677-1693)

World’s Fair & Expositions (1694-1707)

Gaming (1708-1728)

Jewelry & Watches (1729-1755)


Day Two (Lots 1756-1770) & (Lots 2000-2731)
Gold Nuggets & Specimens (1756-1770)
Minerals (2000-2149)
Mining Part I (2150-2731)
Assay (2150-2278)
Explosives (2279-2291)
Mining Lighting (2292-2298)
Mining Artifacts & Tools (2299-2231)
Mining Art (2232-2354)
Geographic (Alabama-California) (2355-2731)

Day Three (Lots 3000-3727)
Mining Part II
Geographic (Colorado-Foreign) (3000-3691)
Books (3692-3727)

Day Four (Lots 4000-4717)
Bottles (4000-4094)
Railroadiana (4095-4222)
Passes (4095-4176)
Ephemera (4177-4222)
Civil War (4223-4259)
Pawnee Bill Broadsides (4260 & 4261)
Firearms & Weaponry (4262-4315)
General Americana feat. California & Georgia Gold Rush Ephemera
Geographic Sort (4316-4637)
Miscellaneous incl. Art, General Store, Maps, & Books (4638-4717)





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The Clipper Grain, Seed and Bean Cleaner4659 - The Clipper Grain, Seed and Bean Cleaner
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Early 1900's Clipper grain, seed and bean cleaner. Measures 28" long, 19" tall, and 13.5" wide. Made in Saginaw, Michigan. This ...
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Dr. Johnson's Educator Cracker Tin4660 - Dr. Johnson's Educator Cracker Tin
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Gold tin with black lettering and hinged top. Dents on top, rear and left side. Some base rust. 5.5" x 5.5" x 5.5" (Al Adams Gold Ru...
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Early Dial Telephone with Headset4661 - Early Dial Telephone with Headset
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Circa 1930. Perfect for your modern office. No makers mark. Measures 12 inches tall, 7 inches wide. Excellent condition. (Al Adams Gold Rush Memorab
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High-Quality Cast Iron Book Press4662 - High-Quality Cast Iron Book Press
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Cast iron book press, high quality. Measures 18 inches long x 11 1/2 inches wide x 13 inches tall. Classic screw press design. 19th century. Nice cond
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Sold to 8***1 for (600.00 + 132.00) x 1 = 732.00
 
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Set of 15 Childrens Toy Soldiers and Cannon4663 - Set of 15 Childrens Toy Soldiers and Cannon
Holabird Western Americana Collections
The march of the cardboard soldiers! 15 red jacketed cardboard soldiers on bases, nearly 7" tall. Small toy wooden cannon with broken cardboard...
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Antique Jewett Humidor4664 - Antique Jewett Humidor
Holabird Western Americana Collections
19th C. "The Jewett" Humidor Buffalo, NY. Great humidor crafted of oak, steel, brass & milk glass with two doors (most models have a s...
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Champion Knife Improved Tobacco Plug Cutter4665 - Champion Knife Improved Tobacco Plug Cutter
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Patented July 25, 1871, Enterprise Manufacturing Company, Philadelphia. Excellent condition; still has gold and red paint on top of black cast-iron.
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Classic Tobacco Plug Cutter4666 - Classic Tobacco Plug Cutter
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Star Tobacco. Embossed lettering, no patent date, cast iron. Very little original black paint remaining. Please inspect. (Al Adams Gold Rush Memorabi
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Tobacco Tins (4) and a Cigar Box4667 - Tobacco Tins (4) and a Cigar Box
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Tins- 2 from Half and Half, Burley and Bright Tobacco. Humo- wear on lid. Top Cigarette Tobacco. Cardboard box from Prospero de Nobili & C!.` (...
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General Store Tins (3)4668 - General Store Tins (3)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Red and gold Richlieu Crystalized Ginger-small front dent. Red round Saurel Butter Crackers. red and gold Swee-Touch-Nee-Tea Date: Location:
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General Store Tins (5)4669 - General Store Tins (5)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
2 different size Edgeworth Pipe Tobacco-small one has dented top. Cardboard box Prospero de Nobili Sigari box. Small red Swee-Touch-Nee. Mayo's ...
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Oxen Yoke4670 - Oxen Yoke
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Oxen Yoke, including two bows. This measures 41"x 7" and looks to be hand made. A wonderful piece of barn art, or, should have a pair of o...
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Fairbank's Gold Dust Washing Powder Group4671 - Fairbank's Gold Dust Washing Powder Group
Holabird Western Americana Collections
"Fairbank's Gold Dust washing products was a line of all-purpose cleaning agents researched and developed in the late 1880s by the N. K. Fa...
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Blacksmith tool collection4672 - Blacksmith tool collection
Holabird Western Americana Collections
28” long two handled iron tools, Rusty. Plus 5 miscellaneous tools including shears. The handles on the long tools are generally 18 to 24”. Most of th
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Blacksmith Tools4673 - Blacksmith Tools
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a second lot of long handled blacksmith tools. 13 examples present, mostly with long handles approximately 36”, though the shortest here is ab
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Foundry Pot and Ladle4674 - Foundry Pot and Ladle
Holabird Western Americana Collections
5" tall cast iron pot with handle and 12.5" ladle. Used in a foundry possibly for melting lead. (Al Adams Gold Rush Memorabilia Collectio...
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Hay Hooks (3)4675 - Hay Hooks (3)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
3 rusty hay hooks, 2 approx 12", 1 approx 10" with wood grip. (Al Adams Gold Rush Memorabilia Collection) Date: Location: HWAC# ...
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Old Blow Torches (3)4676 - Old Blow Torches (3)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
3 rusty old blow torches. Approx 6", 10" and 11". (Al Adams Gold Rush Memorabilia Collection) Date: Location: HWAC# 58676
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Old Bunion Shoe Stretcher and Ice Hook4677 - Old Bunion Shoe Stretcher and Ice Hook
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Shoe stretcher is 17", ice hook is 11.5"` (Al Adams Gold Rush Memorabilia Collection) Date: Location: HWAC# 58666
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Old Pulleys (3)4678 - Old Pulleys (3)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
3 rusty old pulleys ranging from approx 8" to 10". The 2 small ones with wood side panels. (Al Adams Gold Rush Memorabilia Collection) ...
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Sold to S*******e for (50.00 + 12.50) x 1 = 62.50
 
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