Western Americana Signature Sale (May 2021 Auction)

Auction Details

Welcome to our May 2021 Auction, the "Western Americana Signature Sale!"

We were wonderfully astounded to have about 7500 registered bidders in the last sale, which had about $1 million in collectibles of all sorts. We set a new company record with over 715 separate buyers. Now, we have the chance to do it again, with another amazing offering of fresh material from dozens of collections from across America!

This sale has many, many highlights, including:

*Gold nuggets and high grade gold specimens- from two major collections, some of the best high grade gold specimens we’ve had in years from the William Mayrsohn Collection, a long time mining executive.

*Mining artifacts, historical items- we’ve got the whole gamut of material, inclusive of some of the best and rarest of their kinds

*Rare books and references- Fremont to a detailed, multi-volume set of Oxford dictionary

*Custom made copper cannon from Michigan’s Copper Range

*Numismatics- medals, tokens galore from major collections, including Ron Lerch.

*Rare Ingots- Silver c1874 ingot from Bristol, NV; ingots from the Mayrsohn Collection

*Ken Prag Collections:
          --Autograph collection: eleven different Thomas Edison stocks; signers of the Declaration; famous financial figures (JP Morgan, Jay Gould, Rockefeller); Houdini, and more.
           --American Express Collection: a once-in-a-lifetime offering of numerous pieces spanning the history of the company, and including what we believe is the earliest American Express Stock ever offered at auction! 
          --Early American stocks- American turnpikes, plank roads and banks, including a great collection of Robert Morris material
          --Republic of Texas document collections

*Historical breast badges and ribbons

*Historical photographs: Deadwood, Dodge City, Leadville, Eastern Nevada and more

*Fire Dept Bell from Silver City, Nevada

*Gaming collectibles

*Native Americana- wonderful historical material- much from the historic Miles family of Ely- including important historical photos of White River petroglyphs, c1920; the research library of the Ely Cosmological Society c1920, much inscribed by key Pittman. Great selection of turquoise jewelry. The overall variety and quality is astounding, and you won’t want to miss it.

Previews welcome, by appointment. Questions welcome over the phone or via email.

And don't forget, your collection could be here! We want quality collections!

--The Holabird Team

Auction Schedule

Day 1, May 13th, 2021 (Lots 1000-1640)
    Art (1000-1178)
    Stocks & Bonds (1179-1640)
         Autographs (feat. Morris Collection, Edison Collection, Gould Collection, Rockefeller, Houdini, American Express Collection) (1179-1325)
         Non-Mining (Banking, Transportation, Bridges & Turnpikes, & Misc.) (1326-1554)            
         Mining (1555-1640)

Day 2, May 14th, 2021 (Lots 2000-2579)
    Mining (2000-2305)
         Minerals, Ore Specimens, & Fossils (2000-2083)
         Ephemera (2084-2266)
         Artifacts & Equipment (2267-2305)
    Railroadiana & Transportation (2306-2374)
    Philatelic (2375-2579)
         Covers & Postal History (2375-2414)
         Postcards (2415-2528)
         Stamps (2529-2579)

Day 3, May 15th, 2021 (Lots 3000-3602)
    Firearms, Military, & Political (3000-3134)
    Cowboy & Western (3135-3156)
    Jewelry (3157-3221)
    Badges (3222-3258)
    Numismatics (3259-3498)
         Ingots (3259-3272)
         Coins (3273-3396)
         Medals & So-Called Dollars (3397-3481)
         Misc. (3482-2498)
    Tokens (3499-3602)

Day 4, May 16th, 2021 (Lots 4000-4598)
    Native Americana (4000-4088)
    General Americana (4089-4598)

Day 5, May 17th, 2021 (Lots 5000-5630)
    General Foreign (5000-5053)
    Bottles (5054-5146)
    Sports (5147-5181)
    Bargains & Dealer Specials (5182-5630)
         General Americana (5182-5327)
         Philatelic (5328-5353)
         Stocks & Bonds (5354-5411)
         Numismatics (5412-5570)
         Tokens (5571-5630)
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Nevada Gaming and Tourism memorabilia  [132855]4280 - Nevada Gaming and Tourism memorabilia [132855]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This lot includes a cased box of un-opened playing cards from the Dunes Hotel Casino closed in 1993. A tourism booklet on the Boulder dam dated 1935,
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Start Price : 40.00 | Estimate : 80.00 - 120.00
 
 
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Nevada Gaming Chip Assortment  [131202]4281 - Nevada Gaming Chip Assortment [131202]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of eleven gaming chips from Nevada casinos: Long Branch Saloon North Las Vegas ($1 & $5); Fitzgerald's ($1, $5, $25 & "GG"...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (50.00 + 12.50) = 62.50
 
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Vintage Poker Chip Collection  [132036]4282 - Vintage Poker Chip Collection [132036]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Binder of 150 vintage poker chips, only three are dedicated: Odwyer's, New Orleans; Palais de la Mediterranee, Nice, France; Doug's Montana ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 600.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (400.00 + 100.00) = 500.00
 
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Lyon County Promotional Brochure, 1915  [130116]4283 - Lyon County Promotional Brochure, 1915 [130116]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
"Where it is and what it contains, close to California, made up of rich valleys and mineral-laden hills" Stamped "distributed by Neva...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to L******8 for (110.00 + 27.50) = 137.50
 
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Newark, Nevada Vintage Telegraph Pole Cross Beam  [121700]4284 - Newark, Nevada Vintage Telegraph Pole Cross Beam [121700]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
An unusual find. This is the cross piece to a telegraph pole from near the ghost town of Newark, Nevada. The piece measures three feet in length and 3
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (475.00 + 118.75) = 593.75
 
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Photograph of what appears to be old Osceola  [130065]4285 - Photograph of what appears to be old Osceola [130065]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Osceola in White Pine County came to life in 1872. But from 1880 to 1900 it was the placer mining that made the camp. That helps to identify this loca
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to L******8 for (85.00 + 21.25) = 106.25
 
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Harold's Club 1956 Pinup Calendar  [131606]4286 - Harold's Club 1956 Pinup Calendar [131606]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A vintage 1956 calendar advertising Harold's Club casino in Reno, Nevada. Piece measures 17"x 11" and has all the months intact. Ther...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to p********n for (200.00 + 50.00) = 250.00
 
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Rare Metal Coin Bank, American Loan Society  [133743]4287 - Rare Metal Coin Bank, American Loan Society [133743]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Plated steel coin bank, approx. 3 x 3.5 x 1 inches, hinged at the top, with slots for dimes, nickels, and quarters. Brass label at the bottom has / 6%
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 90.00
Sold to m**********w for (30.00 + 7.50) = 37.50
 
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Reno City Business  Directory & More  [131705]4288 - Reno City Business Directory & More [131705]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A variety of items, mostly from the Reno area. Included are a city business directory from 1958, a first day issue of a postal cover celebrating Calif
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimate : 100.00 - 150.00
 
 
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Comstock Area Fire Bell  [131842]4289 - Comstock Area Fire Bell [131842]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a fire bell from 1876 that is inscribed "Silver City, Nevada 1876 LIBERTY Fire Dept. No.1." Bell measures about 7"x 10" ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to m**********w for (2,500.00 + 625.00) = 3,125.00
 
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Campbell Ranch, Steptoe Valley, High Contrast Photo, c1895  [130107]4290 - Campbell Ranch, Steptoe Valley, High Contrast Photo, c1895 [130107]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Identified on reverse. Extremely nice! Four buggies in front of a white picket fence with ranch in background. (W. D. Miles Collection) Date: c1895
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 150.00 - 250.00
Sold to s***0 for (60.00 + 13.20) = 73.20
 
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Toano, Nevada Ephemera Group including rare Wells Fargo and hard board teamster’s checks  [130067]4291 - Toano, Nevada Ephemera Group including rare Wells Fargo and hard board teamster’s checks [130067]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Group of five. 1-2) Teamster’s check from A. J. Spencer. One for 3 packages weighing 160 pounds and on for 11 packages weighing 525 pounds. T
Bidding Has Concluded
Start Price : 75.00 | Estimate : 150.00 - 200.00
 
 
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“Virginia City Bank” Advertising Calendar  [132318]4292 - “Virginia City Bank” Advertising Calendar [132318]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Colorful map of State of Nevada with crisscrossed pick & shovel and steer & sheep circled – Calendar has complete months and is in gre...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 80.00 - 160.00
Sold to y******e for (65.00 + 16.25) = 81.25
 
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Virginia City Bank Calendar 1927  [133787]4293 - Virginia City Bank Calendar 1927 [133787]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This lot is a calendar from the Virginia City Bank dated 1927. All tear-away months appear to be intact and present. The map of the state shows all ma
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to d****C for (50.00 + 12.50) = 62.50
 
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Bank Of California Check Register Book 1895  [132247]4294 - Bank Of California Check Register Book 1895 [132247]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
6 Blank Pages, plus book full of written and blank stubs. Taped binding, front cover torn in half. Handwritten recording of payments for daily busine
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to 8***6 for (25.00 + 5.50) = 30.50
 
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Rare Virginia City, Nevada Stereo View  [131616]4295 - Rare Virginia City, Nevada Stereo View [131616]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A Lawrence & Houseworth stereo view of Virginia City, Nevada of the Mariposa Mill from the top of Cedar Hill in Virginia City, Nevada. This ph...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to L******8 for (550.00 + 137.50) = 687.50
 
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Virginia City Billhead Group & Stereoview  [118179]4296 - Virginia City Billhead Group & Stereoview [118179]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Collection of several key billheads and one stereoview. 1) The stereoview is by Continent Stereoscope Co. of New York, entitles "05 C Street, ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to B*********g for (450.00 + 112.50) = 562.50
 
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First Psychodelic Rock-N-Roll Poster "The Seed" Red Dog Saloon  [122900]4297 - First Psychodelic Rock-N-Roll Poster "The Seed" Red Dog Saloon [122900]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
The first Psychodelic rock poster, created in 1965 by George Hunter and Mike Ferguson for the opening of the Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 10,000.00 - 15,000.00
Sold to n******3 for (3,000.00 + 750.00) = 3,750.00
 
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Virginia City Event Posters  [122038]4298 - Virginia City Event Posters [122038]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Over 50 posters and other notices, most related to events in Virginia City, as well as just plain posters. Included are events and concerts being hel
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 250.00 - 500.00
Sold to d*******f for (120.00 + 30.00) = 150.00
 
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Virginia City Labor Day Program 1911  [131471]4299 - Virginia City Labor Day Program 1911 [131471]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Official Grand Labor Day Celebration. Approx. 38 pgs Great ads. Buy a Waltham watch for $10. Buy a Reo motor car in Reno for $1300. FOB to any p
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to 6*****b for (130.00 + 32.50) = 162.50
 
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