Western Americana Safari

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Western Americana Safari Auction

This four day sale features some of our best offerings to date in the following categories: Gold, Mining, Native Americana, Cowboy, Firearms, Taxidermy, Railroad & Express, Tokens, Coins, Ingots, Medals, Bottles, Gaming, and General Americana.

Highlights include: the Don Young Collection of US Medals & Exonumia, arguably one of the largest collections ever offered; a major collection of identified gold nuggets and Comstock mineral specimens; a huge collection of mining artifacts, including candlesticks, carbide lamps, mining ephemera and stock certificates; silver ingots and large American silver medals; US & Mexican coins, gold tokens, and dies; nearly 100 taxidermy mounts centralized on the American West and Africa; a gaming section of rare chips and a pre-1910 roulette table; a token section with the final Montana Svoboda pieces as well a rare Bodie token and gold nugget tokens; historical autographs including George Armstrong Custer, Ben Holladay, Sharon-Mills-Ralston, and important Comstock and Western political figures; firearms and weaponry including nearly 50 firearms and a Constitutional Delegate's sword; Western cutlery (1850s-1880); antique bottles incl. Bodie & colored Nevada; a California Gold Rush section incl. an 1856 vigilance committee medal, a presentation belt buckle, and rare ephemera; fantastic Native Americana and Cowboy sections; and much more!

Please see the auction schedule below.

Auction Schedule

Day One (Friday, December 9th, 2016) (Lots 1000-1706)
Gold (Lots 1000-1053)
Ore/Mineral Specimens (Lots 1054-1074)
Mining Part I (Lots 1075-1706)
Mining Candlesticks (Lots 1075-1095)
Mining Hardhats (Lots 1096-1098)
Carbide Mining Lamps (Lots 1099-1254)
Safety Mining Lamps (Lots 1255-1275)
Teapot Mining Lamps (Lots 1276-1301)
Assay (Lots 1302-1328)
Mining Ephemera (State/City) (Lots 1329-1706)
Alaska thru Nevada

Day Two (Saturday, December 10th, 2016) (Lots 2000-2674)
Mining Part II (Lots 2000-2155)
State/City (New Jersey thru Foreign) (Lots 2000- 2103)
Gold Rush (Lots 2104-2134)
Mining Spoons (Lots 2135-2155)
Native Americana (Lots 2156-2334)
Baskets (Lots 2156-2184)
Beadwork (Lots 2185-2203)
Cradleboards (Lots 2204-2207)
Jewelry (Lots 2208-2251)
Moccasins (Lots 2252-2258)
Weapons & Points (Lots 2259-2279)
Pottery (Lots 2280-2301)
Rugs (Lots 2302-2317)
Art, Artifacts, & Ephemera (Lots 2318-2334)
Cowboy (Lots 2335-2404)
Franz Trevors (C.M. Russell) Paintings (Lots 2335-2338)
Saddles (Lots 2339-2349)
Spurs & Bits (Lots 2350-2377)
Clothing (Lots 2378-2390)
Ephemera (Lots 2391-2404)
Firearms, Weaponry, & Military (Lots 2405-2498)
Taxidermy (Lots 2499-2579)
Sorted Alphabetically
Railroad, Stage, & Steamship (Lots 2580-2635)
Sorted by State/City
Wells Fargo & Other Express (Lots 2636-2674)
Wells Fargo (Lots 2636-2659)
Railroad Express (Lots 2660-2666)
Other Express (Lots 2667-2674)

Day Three (Sunday, December 11th, 2016) (Lots 3000-3651)
Tokens (State/City) (Lots 3000-3139)
Numismatics (Lots 3140-3651)
Ingots (Lots 3140-3152)
Currency & Scrip (Lots 3153-3163)
Ephemera (Lots 3164-3185)
Coins & Coin Collectibles (Lots 3186-3262)
US & Other Coins (Lots 3186-3193)
Mexican Coins (Lots 3194-3255)
Coin Collectibles (Lots 3256-3262)
Cal Fractionals & Gaming Counters (Lots 3263-3280)
Hart’s Coins of the Golden West (Lots 3281-3295)
Medals & So-Called Dollars (Lots 3296-3342)
Don Young US Medal Collection (Lots 3343-3651)
Alphabetical by Association (ANA-TAMS)

Day Four (Monday, December 12th, 2016) (Lots 4000-4626)
Bottles, Saloon, & Brewing (Lots 4000-4071)
Bottles (Lots 4000-4056)
Saloon & Brewing (Lots 4057-4071)
Gaming (Lots 4072-4112)
General Americana (Lots 4113-4626)
Various (Lots 4113-4194)
Sorted by State / City (Alabama thru Foreign) (Lots 4195-4570)
Books (Lots 4571-4626)
Directories (Lots 4571-4587)
General (Lots 4588-4626)


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Two Good Gold Hill, Nevada Territory Pieces (Mining & Wells Fargo)2648 - Two Good Gold Hill, Nevada Territory Pieces (Mining & Wells Fargo)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two territorial Comstock pieces, both with adhesive revenue stamps. 1) Wells Fargo & Co. Certificate of Deposit for $500 dated July 1, 1863. Dat...
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Estimates : 150.00 - 200.00
Sold to 9***6 for (180.00 + 43.20) = 223.20
 
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Early Wells Fargo Virginia City Letterhead2649 - Early Wells Fargo Virginia City Letterhead
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This 1868 letterhead is from "Wells, Fargo, & Co, / New York and California Express and Exchange Company." This is the early version o...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to l*******c for (70.00 + 16.80) = 86.80
 
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Wells, Fargo Express Receipt for Comstock Bullion2650 - Wells, Fargo Express Receipt for Comstock Bullion
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Although a later piece, this still has great historical provenance. It is for the Consolidated California and Virginia Mining Company for 24 bars of b
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 75.00
Sold to 6****A for (60.00 + 12.60) = 72.60
 
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Three Historic Wells Fargo Checks2651 - Three Historic Wells Fargo Checks
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) 1869. Carson City office of Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia. To major Nevada commission agent D. W. Earl. Signed by Yerington. Nevada two cent re...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to B*********g for (80.00 + 16.00) = 96.00
 
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Framed Wells Fargo Photograph of Early Gas Powered Work Truck Plus Other Express Items2652 - Framed Wells Fargo Photograph of Early Gas Powered Work Truck Plus Other Express Items
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Over 35 Wells Fargo realted items! 1) Framed Wells Fargo Photograph of Early Gas Powered Work Truck Clearly marked Wells Fargo & Co, Express. P...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to c********r.. for (80.00 + 19.20) = 99.20
 
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Under Cover for Wells Fargo2653 - Under Cover for Wells Fargo
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Rare 1st edition. "Under Cover for Wells Fargo. The Unvarnished Recollections of Fred Dodge, " edited by Carolyn Lake. Published by Hough...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to C*****4 for (25.00 + 6.00) = 31.00
 
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Wells Fargo / Railway Express Agency list of Firearms2654 - Wells Fargo / Railway Express Agency list of Firearms
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Extremely rare! This is the record of the firearms by serial number for the REA, a part of Wells Fargo. From the Butterfields 1976 auction. 743 firear
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 6******n for (475.00 + 95.00) = 570.00
 
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Wells Fargo /Railway Express Agency Photographs2655 - Wells Fargo /Railway Express Agency Photographs
Holabird Western Americana Collections
From the personal collection of George Garfield Greenawalt, express agent in Los Angeles from 1906 to 1951. Lot of ten. Includes two Western Air Expre
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Wells Fargo and Railway Express Agency Ephemera Collection2656 - Wells Fargo and Railway Express Agency Ephemera Collection
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Includes Wells Fargo 1873 check from Columbia, California, four receipts, three small 1943 business calendars, two REA 'Call & Delivery'...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to i**b for (30.00 + 7.20) = 37.20
 
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Wells Fargo and Railway Express Agent Picture Files2657 - Wells Fargo and Railway Express Agent Picture Files
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Private collection of agents with photographs from George Garfield Greenawalt. 47 cards with photos. Some identify the person in some way (Sp, vehicle
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to R*****7 for (150.00 + 31.50) = 181.50
 
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Wells Fargo Cap, Badges, and Lock2658 - Wells Fargo Cap, Badges, and Lock
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) Cap has a badge that says "Wells Fargo Services" on a blue scroll with an eagle above, and horse on rider in blue in middle. 2) Badge s...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 3***6 for (225.00 + 54.00) = 279.00
 
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WF, REA, and ARE Cards and Passes2659 - WF, REA, and ARE Cards and Passes
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Cards belonging to George Garfield Greenawalt, agent for the Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad at Ludlow. Lot of 37. Includes a 1913 Wells Fargo &...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to 3***6 for (50.00 + 12.00) = 62.00
 
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Railway Express Agency Cover, Tombstone, A.T.2660 - Railway Express Agency Cover, Tombstone, A.T.
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Scarce express cover from Arizona Territory from Agent: Railway Express, Tombstone. One cent U.S. postage. EF. State: Arizona City: Tombstone
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to j******0 for (50.00 + 10.50) = 60.50
 
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Greenawalt Retirement Papers from Railway Express Agency2661 - Greenawalt Retirement Papers from Railway Express Agency
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Letter from General Manager with envelope marked personal. Unusual hand cancel. Eight boxes of business cards. Two older business cards with telephone
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Lindbergh's Unique Wedding Gift sent by the Railway Express Agency2662 - Lindbergh's Unique Wedding Gift sent by the Railway Express Agency
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of nine items. 1) Photograph of the gift sent from Los Angeles to New Jersey to Colonel 'Charles 'Lucky' Lindbergh on his wedding da...
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Large Collection of Railway Express Agency Collectables2663 - Large Collection of Railway Express Agency Collectables
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30 plus items. Three booklets: Retirement Allowance Plan of 1939, Pension Plan of 1929, and Rules Governing Hours of Service and Working Conditions of
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Start Price : 60.00 | Estimates : 120.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Railroad Express Ephemera Group2664 - Railroad Express Ephemera Group
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Nine 1875 Union Pacific Railroad Company Express receipts from J. H. Pinchim(?) of Cheyenne to various recipients in Ogden, Omaha, Carlin, and North P
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 150.00 - 500.00
Sold to t*******d for (30.00 + 6.30) = 36.30
 
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Railway Express Agency Magazines2665 - Railway Express Agency Magazines
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 18 Messenger Expresses. It starts with a 1935 cover of Shirley Temple receiving an important package at her Hollywood studio with articles on t
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
 
 
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REA Unused Papers from Greenawalt Collection2666 - REA Unused Papers from Greenawalt Collection
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Nine oversized envelopes. 1947 REA folder. Over 50 REA through cars. Twelve 1942 Air Express calendars. Booklet of over 20 G. G. Greenawalt business c
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
 
 
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Rare Indian Creek Express Cover2667 - Rare Indian Creek Express Cover
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Unused. Extremely fine, a rare express frank with no used examples known. Express operated between Yreka and Indian Creek in 1866. State: Californ
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to j******0 for (275.00 + 57.75) = 332.75
 
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Pacific Express Entire: Placerville to Sacramento2668 - Pacific Express Entire: Placerville to Sacramento
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Extremely strong Dec. 17 Placerville cancel. Mailed to General Hutchington. He built the first pier extending out into Lake Michigan; also built two l
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to D*K for (90.00 + 18.00) = 108.00
 
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Sacramento Aqua Blue Pacific Express Cover2669 - Sacramento Aqua Blue Pacific Express Cover
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Large oval, well struck cancel. Rectangular blue 'PAID.' Also a manuscript 'paid' at bottom of cancel. Very nice piece. No stamp (ma...
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 250.00
 
 
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California, Oregon and Idaho Stage Co. Ledger2670 - California, Oregon and Idaho Stage Co. Ledger
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Large ledger for the California, Oregon and Idaho Stage Co., 1899-1900. Interestingly, there is very little written on this obscure stage line. We che
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to j******0 for (800.00 + 168.00) = 968.00
 
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Boyds Express Letters with Adhesive Stamps2671 - Boyds Express Letters with Adhesive Stamps
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two letters dated 1846 and 1848 sent by Boyds Express. Revenue stamps attached. State: United States City: Date: FHWAC#: 28520
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Estimates : 60.00 - 250.00
Sold to j******0 for (30.00 + 6.30) = 36.30
 
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Adams Express Postage Scale with Adams Heart Shaped Lock2672 - Adams Express Postage Scale with Adams Heart Shaped Lock
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) Scale is stamped in white "Adams Express." Triner Patent. Shows the wear of its age. See photo. 7 x 6 x 7.5". 2) Lock is etched Ad...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 250.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (85.00 + 20.40) = 105.40
 
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Red AmEx Co. Lantern2673 - Red AmEx Co. Lantern
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Maker embossed on vented top "Star Head Light Co., Rochester, NY, USA". The globe shield has rare embossing "AMEX Co." (American...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to 6******n for (190.00 + 38.00) = 228.00
 
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Unusual Express Strong Box2674 - Unusual Express Strong Box
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Larger than the classic express box, this must have been used by some small company. 24 x 15 x 15". Green with black scroll work. Not in workin...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 400.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to R***x for (275.00 + 66.00) = 341.00
 
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Vintage Camelback Passenger Trunk2675 - Vintage Camelback Passenger Trunk
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Vintage camelback passenger trunk for ocean liner travel. Various labels: Hotel Quisisiana, Castellammare (Pres De Pompei); Grand Hotel des Palmes, Pa
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Start Price : 150.00 | Estimates : 300.00 - 600.00
 
 
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