Sizzling Summer Western Americana Auction (August 2021)

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Welcome to our August 2021 sale, the "Sizzling Summer Western Americana Auction!"

Our August sale is full of “hot stuff” across the board, and features some of the best collections in their genre offered publicly in a long time.

*The “California” Collection of Native American Jewelry*
The California Native American jewelry collection includes nearly 400 lots of fine, artistic silver and turquoise jewelry from a major collection.

The group of Native American jewelry presented by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, is from the collection of a long time California collector. Collecting over several decades, the collection features some incredible pieces—the main part of the collection is represented by bolos from Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico. There are also necklaces, bracelets, rings, belt buckles, and brooches. Much of this jewelry collection is “museum worthy art.”

The Zuni people are famous for their inlay—both mosaic inlay and channel inlay. The Zuni petit-point and needlepoint work in stones is just as well-known. The collection focuses on pieces from c1940s-60s. Some Zuni artists represented are: Dan Simplicio, Leo Poblano, Lambert Homer Sr., the Edaakies, Frank Vacit, Dexter Cellicion, Myra Tucson, Elliot Qualo, Annie Quam Gasper, Alonzo and Helen Hustito, Velma Lesansee, Horace Ilue, and many others. Most of the jewelry made before 1970 was not hallmarked. We have named the artists of each piece whenever possible, however, some are “attributed to,” and others we were unable to identify.

Many of the artists are presented in the books by Toshio Sei, published by Schiffer. Toshio Sei began collecting Zuni jewelry in 1993 and has written several books on the various forms of Zuni jewelry. Besides presenting the artists, he has done much research and gives detailed analyses that explain connections of artists and styles, thus giving us history and meanings for the pieces of jewelry. A number of the pieces offered here are illustrated in his books.

The “California” collection also includes jewelry from the Navajo, Santo Domingo Pueblo, and the Hopi. You will find amazing pieces of jewelry from all of these Native people and will have a difficult decision deciding on those to choose for your own collections!

For Western bolo tie collectors, this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, with the largest sale of its kind ever held.

*The Western Collections*
We received two major collections containing outstanding items--both for their visual appeal and historical importance.

The first centers around Arizona and Colorado ephemera (19th century photos and documents) related to major mining camps, supplemented by gorgeous oil paintings of Native American and Western scenes by Douglas Rosa. One of our favorites from this collection is a framed photo of Tombstone prostitute “Amelia” (in classic prostitute attire) with her business license.

The second Western collection includes incredible military items (highlighted below), rare Western postcards, and a fantastic library including rare firearms references.

*Militaria*
This section is phenomenal, highlighted by George Armstrong Custer’s holster and gun belt, which is accompanied by a long history. Added to this is a major collection related to the Mexican War and Pancho Villa, including a photo-diary by Arizona photographer Walter Horne. Of great interest will be the associated collections from the Prag Collection and others, rounding out a phenomenal section on the Civil War, Spanish American War, and both World Wars.

For the Firearm collector is a large library of historical books on guns, hunting and related, with some of the all-time key references. These complement a large collection of rare books. Exploration researchers will love the Arctic Exploration library and other early works on Western exploration.

*Ken Prag Collection*
Wow! There are three distinct parts of his collection in this sale: ephemera, postcards, and stocks.

First and foremost, most or all of the material is from his unsorted acquisitions for decades. We found amazing items here. Like the Bodie & Bridgeport Telegraph archive with a message about a failed robbery of the SF mint right after the earthquake!

There is a wealth of paper ephemera, particularly from California. The postcards (over 500 lots) are stunning, and among the best offered so far, with exceptionally rare views in both RPC and printed format. Large collections include California (incl. Tahoe and Yosemite) and Hawaii. Nearly every lot has great cards, and you won’t want to miss this opportunity. Pioneer cards? Hundreds of them. One of the sections we had the most fun with is the gaming section--postcards with a gaming or playing card theme. This collection is now in about 20 lots, comprised of hundreds of cards.

*Numismatics*
A large offering of foreign and US coins, medals, counters, and other exonumia. Includes a C. Bechtler Dollar; Carson City Mint morgans; a fantasy Wells Fargo & Co. Express, Goldfield Iron Strongbox; and a large selection of California and Western tokens and Good For mirrors (ex. Ron Lerch Collection).

*Other Highlights*
Stocks and Bonds: Another fantastic selection from
perhaps a dozen collections. Features rare Arizona pieces and foreign mining stocks from the Prag Collection.

Railroadiana: Another great batch of railroad passes from an incredible Western collection we have been selling over the past year and a half. Also, a rare Colorado railroad section, and a collection of Virginia & Truckee Railroad ephemera from the Prag Collection.


Auction Schedule

Day 1, Thursday, August 5th, 2021, Lots 1000-1605
*General Americana (Lots 1000-1605)
Geographic Sort (1000-1251)
World’s Fair & Expositions (1252-1286)
Gaming (1287-1311)
Bottles & Saloon (1312-1342)
Marbles & Toys (1343-1365)
Jewelry (1366-1421)
Clothing (1422-1452)
Music (1453-1465)
Miscellaneous incl. Photos, Furnishings, Ephemera (1466-1605)

Day 2, Friday, August 6th, 2021, Lots 2000-2596
*Transportation (2000-2153)
Railroad (2000-2119)
Aviation & Automobile (2120-2153)
*Philatelic (2154-2596)
Stamps & Covers (2154-2175)
Postcards (2176-2596)

Day 3, Saturday, August 7th, 2021, Lots 3000-3606
*Native Americana (3000-3387)
Jewelry (3000-3271)
Artifacts, Art, Baskets, Pottery (3272-3315)
Ephemera incl. Rare Photographs, Postcards, & Books (3316-3387)
*Military incl. Custer and Pancho Villa Collections (3388-3514)
Chronologically Sorted (Civil War, Spanish American, WWI, WWII, etc)
*Political (3515-3535)
*Firearms feat. Firearms & Weaponry Historical Books (3536-3606)

Day 4, Sunday, August 8th, 2021, Lots 4000-4606
*Cowboy & Western (4000-4040)
*Art (4041-4105)
*Mining (4106-4189)
*Stocks & Bonds (4190-4310)
*Numismatics (4311-4505)
*Tokens (4506-4606)

Day 5, Monday, August 9th, 2021, Lots 5000-5583
*General Books (5000-5072)
*Bargains & Dealer Specials (5073-5583)
General Americana (5073-5189)
Philatelic (5190-5408)
Stocks & Bonds (5409-5479)
Numismatics incl. Dies, Coins, Counters, & Tokens (5480-5583)
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Modern California Token Collection   [136432]5550 - Modern California Token Collection [136432]
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Lot of 55 tokens, wood, metal and plastic. Including Cool, Independence, Wheatland, Jackson, Petaluma, Porterville, Sacramento and others. Ex: Ron Le
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to p***d for (50.00 + 12.50) = 62.50
 
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Michigan Token Collection  [136421]5551 - Michigan Token Collection [136421]
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Lot of 17 tokens from towns in Michigan. Capac, Charlotte, Goodrich, Hastings, Silverwood, Ashley, Alpena, Owosso, Saint Charles, Lake Orion, Kalamazo
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to c******n for (35.00 + 8.75) = 43.75
 
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Mississippi Token Collection  [136419]5552 - Mississippi Token Collection [136419]
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Lot of 13 tokens from Mississippi. Five from Dickerson, one from Jackson and seven from the NCO Open Mess at Columbus. Date: Country (if not USA):
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Start Price : 30.00 | Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
 
 
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Ohio Token Collection  [136418]5553 - Ohio Token Collection [136418]
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Lot of 47 tokens from various towns in Ohio. Dyesville, Cincinnati, Tiffin, Zanesville, Versailles, New Boston, Akron, Cleveland, Toledo, Yorkville, N
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Estimate : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to A****k for (180.00 + 45.00) = 225.00
 
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Heppner Sheepskin Scrip  [136480]5554 - Heppner Sheepskin Scrip [136480]
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Lot of three pieces of leather scrip. Two pieces from 1934 Heppner Sheepskin Scrip, including a brochure about the history of the pieces made to provi
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to x***n for (95.00 + 23.75) = 118.75
 
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Pennsylvania Token Collection  [136422]5555 - Pennsylvania Token Collection [136422]
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Lot of 17 tokens from different towns in Pennsylvania. Wilkes-Barre, Oil City, Pittston, Pleasureville, Erie, Alleghany, Ralston, York, Munhall, Scran
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to d*******f for (50.00 + 12.50) = 62.50
 
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Washington Token  Collection  [136760]5556 - Washington Token Collection [136760]
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Lot of 32 tokens from many different Washington towns. Seattle, Toppenish, Walla Walla, Aberdeen, Carlsborg, Colfax, Cheney, Bellingham, Grayland, For
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Estimate : 80.00 - 120.00
Sold to d*******f for (85.00 + 21.25) = 106.25
 
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Elk Recreation Parlor Token Collection  [136755]5557 - Elk Recreation Parlor Token Collection [136755]
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Lot of 56 tokens from the Elk Pool Hall or Elk Recreation Parlor. Square, round, scalloped, octagonal. Date: Country (if not USA): State: Wyomi
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to l*********.. for (140.00 + 35.00) = 175.00
 
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Elk Recreation Parlor Token Collection  [136754]5558 - Elk Recreation Parlor Token Collection [136754]
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Five different tokens from Rock Springs, five pieces of each. Elk Recreation Parlor; Elk Pool Hall. Square, round, scalloped. Date: Country (if not
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to l*********.. for (70.00 + 17.50) = 87.50
 
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Wyoming Metal Detector Finds  [136763]5559 - Wyoming Metal Detector Finds [136763]
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Lot of 26 items found in Wyoming. 1921 Lincoln penny; Wyoming license plate tag; tokens and medals. Mostly Rock Springs tokens. Date: Country (if
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (70.00 + 17.50) = 87.50
 
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Eastern States Token Collection  [136423]5560 - Eastern States Token Collection [136423]
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Lot of 28 tokens from various Eastern states. Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Vermont. Date: Cou
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to d*******f for (120.00 + 30.00) = 150.00
 
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Hawaii/Texas/Nevada Token Collection  [136762]5561 - Hawaii/Texas/Nevada Token Collection [136762]
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Lot of tokens from Hawaii, transportation (11); Texas (10); and Nevada, transportation (2). Date: Country (if not USA): State: City: Provenan
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 80.00 - 120.00
Sold to d*******f for (25.00 + 6.25) = 31.25
 
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Town Token Collection: Tennessee, West Virginia & Virginia  [136441]5562 - Town Token Collection: Tennessee, West Virginia & Virginia [136441]
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Lot of over 50 tokens from Tennessee (20); West Virginia (30+); Virginia(2). Many different towns. Date: Country (if not USA): State: City:
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to d*******f for (200.00 + 50.00) = 250.00
 
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Maverick Token Collection  [136771]5563 - Maverick Token Collection [136771]
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Lot of 77 unattributed tokens. Ex: Ron Lerch collection. Date: Country (if not USA): State: City: Provenance: Benjamin Fauver Collection
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 300.00 - 600.00
Sold to d*******f for (225.00 + 56.25) = 281.25
 
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Miscellaneous Token Collection  [136405]5564 - Miscellaneous Token Collection [136405]
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Lot of over 60 pieces of miscellaneous tokens, metal detector finds and things. Some buttons, a ring, a dog tag. 1932 American Legion Convention, Port
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Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to M******m for (120.00 + 30.00) = 150.00
 
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Oriental Ceramic Gambling Tokens - 12  [138904]5565 - Oriental Ceramic Gambling Tokens - 12 [138904]
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A dozen gambling tokens with Chinese characters printed, carved, or molded into the item. All appear to be glazed and fired ceramic, in tones of white
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 90.00 - 180.00
Sold to d*******f for (95.00 + 23.75) = 118.75
 
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Risque Medal/Chip Group  [138908]5566 - Risque Medal/Chip Group [138908]
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A baker's dozen in this group of risque gaming chips and metal tokens for brothels and clubs that cater to... let's just call them NSFW (not...
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Estimate : 100.00 - 190.00
Sold to d*******f for (60.00 + 15.00) = 75.00
 
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Token Grab Bag Lot  [136704]5567 - Token Grab Bag Lot [136704]
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Possibly a thousand pieces in this grab bag! Contains collector private tokens, good for tokens, mavericks, some buttons, Date: Country (if not US
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Estimate : 500.00 - 800.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (200.00 + 50.00) = 250.00
 
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Unsorted Modern Token Collection  [136774]5568 - Unsorted Modern Token Collection [136774]
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About 150 tokens, mostly modern. Wooden, plastic and metal. Transportation tokens, parking tokens and drink tokens. Ex: Ron Lerch collection. Date:
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 300.00 - 600.00
Sold to p***d for (200.00 + 50.00) = 250.00
 
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Transportation Token Collection  [136378]5569 - Transportation Token Collection [136378]
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Lot of 177 transportation tokens from the Southern, Midwestern and Easter United States. Bus lines, railways, truck stops, electric trains, ferries. E
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to b*******n for (80.00 + 20.00) = 100.00
 
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U.S. Transportation Token Collection  [136410]5570 - U.S. Transportation Token Collection [136410]
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Unsorted lot of over 200 transportation tokens from across the country. Some are parking tokens. Sort them out! Date: Country (if not USA): State
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to 0*******a for (50.00 + 12.50) = 62.50
 
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Transportation Token Collection: Western States  [136380]5571 - Transportation Token Collection: Western States [136380]
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Lot of 87 transportation tokens from western states. Mostly California but also Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska an
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Estimate : 150.00 - 200.00
Sold to b*******n for (60.00 + 15.00) = 75.00
 
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Foreign Transportation Token Collection  [136379]5572 - Foreign Transportation Token Collection [136379]
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Lot of 21 transportation tokens from other countries: Canada, Russia, Argentina, Puerto Rico. Date: Country (if not USA): State: City: Proven
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Wooden Money Collection: Merced Numismatic Society  [136443]5573 - Wooden Money Collection: Merced Numismatic Society [136443]
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Lot of seven rectangular wooden nickels issued by the Merced City Chamber of Commerce for the Merced Numismatic Society in 1952. 6 x 3 inches. Ex: Ron
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Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to A****k for (35.00 + 8.75) = 43.75
 
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Coca Cola Wooden Money  [136449]5574 - Coca Cola Wooden Money [136449]
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Very rare Coca-Cola rectangular wooden nickel, 4th of July, 1942. Ex: Ron Lerch collection. Date: Country (if not USA): State: Illinois City:
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Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to d*******f for (55.00 + 13.75) = 68.75
 
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Nevada Wooden Nickel Collection  [136381]5575 - Nevada Wooden Nickel Collection [136381]
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Lot of 107 wooden nickels from Nevada locations. Las Vegas, Reno, Elko, Carson City and others. Date: Country (if not USA): State: Nevada City:
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to L*****n for (65.00 + 16.25) = 81.25
 
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Wooden Money Collection: Central Southern States  [136439]5576 - Wooden Money Collection: Central Southern States [136439]
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Lot of 21 pieces of rectangular wooden nickels from Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia venues. Concord, North Carolina, 1949; Alamance Co
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 120.00
Sold to A*******s for (35.00 + 8.75) = 43.75
 
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Wooden Money Collection: Midwest  [136444]5577 - Wooden Money Collection: Midwest [136444]
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Lot of 55+ pieces of wooden money from Ohio, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois and Indiana. Ten round; 47 rectangular pieces. Cinncinnati, 1938; Blue Island Il
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to A****k for (75.00 + 18.75) = 93.75
 
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Wooden Money Collection: Montana/Nebraska/North Dakota  [136440]5578 - Wooden Money Collection: Montana/Nebraska/North Dakota [136440]
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Lot of 13 rectangular wooden nickels. Golden Canyon Days, Helena Montana, 1949; North Dakota Golden Jubilee, Bismarck, 1939; Bonesteel, South Dakota,
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to q******s for (25.00 + 6.25) = 31.25
 
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Wooden Money Collection: Northeastern States  [136446]5579 - Wooden Money Collection: Northeastern States [136446]
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Lot of 28 pieces of wooden nickels; 27 rectangular and one large round, Monticello, NY, 1938. The rectangular pieces are from Massachusetts, Pennsylva
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to q******s for (35.00 + 8.75) = 43.75
 
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Wooden Money Collection: Southern States  [136445]5580 - Wooden Money Collection: Southern States [136445]
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Lot of 14 pieces of rectangular wooden nickels from Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana and Missouri. Marshall, Missouri, 1939; Shrevep
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to q******s for (25.00 + 6.25) = 31.25
 
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Wooden Money Collection: Texas & Oklahoma  [136448]5581 - Wooden Money Collection: Texas & Oklahoma [136448]
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Lot of 14 pieces of rectangular wooden nickels from Texas and Oklahoma. Big Spring, TX, 1949; McAlester, OK, 1949; Port Arthur, TX, 1948; Yorktown, TX
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 120.00
Sold to d*******f for (30.00 + 7.50) = 37.50
 
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Wooden Money Collection: Upper Midwest  [136442]5582 - Wooden Money Collection: Upper Midwest [136442]
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Lot of 23 rectangular wooden nickels from Wisconsin, Michigan and MInnesota. Port Huron, MI, 1949; St. Paul, MN, 1949; Kaukauna, WI, 1948; River Rouge
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 200.00
Sold to q******s for (65.00 + 16.25) = 81.25
 
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Wooden Money Collection: Western States  [136447]5583 - Wooden Money Collection: Western States [136447]
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Lot of 23 examples of rectangular and round wooden nickels from Western states. Sutter Creek, CA, 1940; Lakewood, CA, 1971; Tucson, AZ, 1939; San Jose
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to d*******f for (80.00 + 20.00) = 100.00
 
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Nylint Toys Austia Western Crane - Telescoping! [112638]5584 - Nylint Toys Austia Western Crane - Telescoping! [112638]
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Heavy metal toy crane in fair condition made by Nylint. The tires roll smoothly; the handwheel that raises the boom is present but the boom is jammed
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Sold to a*********h for (100.00 + 25.00) = 125.00
 
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