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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Kentucky Token Collection  [132540]5600 - Kentucky Token Collection [132540]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 25 tokens from all over the state of Kentucky. Interestingly only one is round. The rest are oval, scalloped, square, triangular, clover leaf,
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (275.00 + 68.75) = 343.75
 
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Elko Real Photo Postcard, Token and Postal Cover  [129322]5601 - Elko Real Photo Postcard, Token and Postal Cover [129322]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Three old items from Elko: 1) Pioneer Building real photo postcard, unwritten, undivided back, circa 1910; 2) token: Mason Products Co. / Elko, Nevada
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 50.00 - 70.00
Sold to d*******f for (25.00 + 6.25) = 31.25
 
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Ely Token Collection  [129301]5602 - Ely Token Collection [129301]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of five tokens from the Ely area: Ely Dairy (GF 1 quart of milk); The Montana (GF 12 1/2 c); Dewey Trade Check (2) (GF 5c) ; Mattock Bros. (GF 5c)
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to m*****r for (20.00 + 5.00) = 25.00
 
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Star Saloon/Carl's Place Token  [89019]5603 - Star Saloon/Carl's Place Token [89019]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
NGC certified MS 64 BN. Beautiful condition. Date: Country (if not USA): State: Nevada City: Las Vegas Provenance: Fred Holabird Collection
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 80.00 - 120.00
Sold to A****k for (60.00 + 15.00) = 75.00
 
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Frank Bros Tokens  [129306]5604 - Frank Bros Tokens [129306]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of two: FRANK BROS. / CO. / RENO / / (blank). Br. rd., 21 mm. Operated by Ben and Myron Frank beginning in 1892 at 228 North Virginia Street, a sa
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 50.00 - 70.00
Sold to d******r for (25.00 + 6.25) = 31.25
 
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Kanes Cigar Stand Tokens  [108609]5605 - Kanes Cigar Stand Tokens [108609]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of two: 1) Kane's Cigar Stand / 142 / N. Virginia / St. / Reno, Nevada; Rev.: 12 1/2c / In Trade; white metal, round, 21 mm. 2) NCS certifie...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to r*****r for (15.00 + 3.75) = 18.75
 
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A. Hankins Token  [89025]5606 - A. Hankins Token [89025]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
NCS certified Genuine. Good for 12 1/2c In Trade. Date: Country (if not USA): State: Nevada City: Skelton Provenance: Fred Holabird Collectio
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 80.00 - 120.00
Sold to e***t for (40.00 + 10.00) = 50.00
 
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Nevada Maverick Tokens  [126103]5607 - Nevada Maverick Tokens [126103]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 16 maverick tokens mostly Ely, Ruth and McGill. Ludwig Club self identified. Date: Country (if not USA): State: Nevada City: Provenance
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 150.00 - 200.00
Sold to M******m for (80.00 + 20.00) = 100.00
 
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SHELL CARD / B-NY-6600/ NY, New York / L.B. Lent's New-York Circus  / Mirror  [135480]5608 - SHELL CARD / B-NY-6600/ NY, New York / L.B. Lent's New-York Circus / Mirror [135480]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Advertising on both sides. Embossed metal on both sides. Obverse: New York Circus 14th Street / Opposite The / Academy of Music / L.B. Lent / Director
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 200.00
Sold to M******m for (90.00 + 22.50) = 112.50
 
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White Elephant Saloon Token  [135454]5609 - White Elephant Saloon Token [135454]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Obv.: Good For / A / Drink / Berry / & Co. / White Elephant Saloon ; rev.: Chas. Peck & Co. / Chicago. Br. rd., 25 mm. Date: Country (if ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 50.00 - 150.00
Sold to m*****o for (750.00 + 165.00) = 915.00
 
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Hide & De Carle Merchants Token  61669  [135463]5610 - Hide & De Carle Merchants Token 61669 [135463]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Obv.: Melbourne, Victoria / 1858; Rev.: Hide & De Carle / Grocers and Wine Merchants / Elizabeth Street / Melbourne. C, rd., 34 mm. Thomas Hide...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 50.00 - 150.00
Sold to 6****A for (50.00 + 12.50) = 62.50
 
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Unmarked Mexican Tokens  [130142]5611 - Unmarked Mexican Tokens [130142]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Includes Mirador, Mexican, D. F. Reverse shows Torre Latino Americano. Unmarked tokens generally have hands shaking, Cathedral, wedding vignettes. 15
Bidding Has Concluded
Start Price : 30.00 | Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
 
 
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George McCaul, Grahamstown Penny Token  [132393]5612 - George McCaul, Grahamstown Penny Token [132393]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Obverse: scene of a poppet head associated steam works. Two men are working on the platform of the poppet head. Reverse: Text identifying McCaul as a
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 120.00
Sold to 6****A for (110.00 + 27.50) = 137.50
 
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A Bunch of "Good For" Western Tokens  [131415]5613 - A Bunch of "Good For" Western Tokens [131415]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Around 1,000 "Good For" tokens from transportation, merchandise, food and drink. The variety contained here are mostly from the western re...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to d*******f for (225.00 + 56.25) = 281.25
 
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Civil War Era Tokens (7)  [135461]5614 - Civil War Era Tokens (7) [135461]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Variety of pieces including a 25mm. Christopher Columbus World's Exposition Chicago 1863, 19mm Army & Navy 1863 and a few others. See pho...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to M*****8 for (50.00 + 12.50) = 62.50
 
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Dairy Token Collection  [132000]5615 - Dairy Token Collection [132000]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Fabulously huge dairy token collection with good for tokens and bottle caps galore. A pog from the Haleakala Dairy in Maui is on the front page of a b
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (750.00 + 187.50) = 937.50
 
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Hard Times Token: Substitute for Shin Plasters  [129331]5616 - Hard Times Token: Substitute for Shin Plasters [129331]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Specie Payment Suspended / May / Tenth / 1837 // Substitute For Shin Plasters / 1837. Br., rd., 28 mm. Shin plasters as a reference to banks whose
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to J*******2 for (55.00 + 13.75) = 68.75
 
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International Plastic Token Collection  [132209]5617 - International Plastic Token Collection [132209]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 96 plastic tokens from all over the world. Barney's South Lake Tahoe to Geneva Switzerland to Anderson California. Interesting group. D...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to d*******f for (95.00 + 23.75) = 118.75
 
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Large Miscellaneous Token and Medal Group  [131788]5618 - Large Miscellaneous Token and Medal Group [131788]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Over 170 pieces. Includes wooden nickels (Firebaugh California, Seattle Washington, Dallas, Palm Saloon Elko), Paper tokens (Oakland & Vallejo, ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to J********n.. for (120.00 + 30.00) = 150.00
 
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Massive Eastern Wooden Nickel Collection (With Some West Coast)  [131786]5619 - Massive Eastern Wooden Nickel Collection (With Some West Coast) [131786]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
We are guessing over 700. Many Multiples. Includes, for example, Rosie’s Place New Orleans, Tuscarawas New Philadelphia Ohio, George
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to d*******f for (250.00 + 62.50) = 312.50
 
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Metal Detector Treasure - Found in Pocatello and Rock Springs (59 Count)  [132262]5620 - Metal Detector Treasure - Found in Pocatello and Rock Springs (59 Count) [132262]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Coins, Tokens and miscellaneous metal trinkets found metal detecting for ONE Day in Pocatello, Idaho and Rock Springs, Wyoming. Includes dog tags, med
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (55.00 + 13.75) = 68.75
 
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Odd Shaped Token Group  [132544]5621 - Odd Shaped Token Group [132544]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of five tokens and none of them are round. 1) Sword's / Tavern / Wyoming, Ill. // Good For / 20c / In Trade; Al., oval, 32 x 24 mm. 2) H. ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (85.00 + 21.25) = 106.25
 
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Plastic Food Stamp Tokens from Montana, Nevada & Colorado Stores  [131226]5622 - Plastic Food Stamp Tokens from Montana, Nevada & Colorado Stores [131226]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 12 envelopes each with several plastic food stamp tokens. Nevada (1: Fallon); Colorado (3); Montana (8). Ex Ron Lerch collection. Date: Cou
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to n**********k for (65.00 + 16.25) = 81.25
 
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Rare U.S. Maverick Tokens  [126098]5623 - Rare U.S. Maverick Tokens [126098]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of four mavericks: one gut fur 1/2 liter bier; Ed. Neuenschwander; G.F. 5c At The Bar; Br., octagonal; two from Lose Cigar Store, unlisted varieti
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 40.00 - 80.00
Sold to G********_.. for (40.00 + 10.00) = 50.00
 
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Soap Token Collection  [131224]5624 - Soap Token Collection [131224]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 90 soap tokens, most good for one cake Palmolive, Ben Hur, or Peet's granulated soap. Ex Ron Lerch collection. Date: Country (if not...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (65.00 + 16.25) = 81.25
 
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Telephone & Musical Machine Tokens  [131227]5625 - Telephone & Musical Machine Tokens [131227]
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Lot of 35 tokens, mostly telephone: Pacific Tel & Tel; Bell Tel Buffalo; Southern New England Tele; Chesapeake & Potomac. Also rare music ma...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (120.00 + 30.00) = 150.00
 
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Token Collection  [135494]5626 - Token Collection [135494]
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Lot of 16 tokens: Board of Education Chicago (5); J.R. Ryan, Fresno (3); The Flag Store, Pasadena (3); Washington Tax Token; Lame Duck Saloon, Dunmor
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 120.00
Sold to d*******f for (25.00 + 6.25) = 31.25
 
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Transportation Token Collection  [131237]5627 - Transportation Token Collection [131237]
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Lot of 49 transportation tokens. Twenty five from Washington state; two from Quebec; two from New York and 19 from Great Britain. Date: Country (i
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to d*******f for (110.00 + 27.50) = 137.50
 
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U. S. Token REVERSE Collection (100+ tokens)  [132261]5628 - U. S. Token REVERSE Collection (100+ tokens) [132261]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
See photos for detail. Nice selection and variety of sizes, material, types. This is a REVERSE collection, with a massive variety of "Good For...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*******f for (70.00 + 17.50) = 87.50
 
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Western Token Group (33 pieces)  [132250]5629 - Western Token Group (33 pieces) [132250]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Includes 4 pieces from Miami, AZ. Cutouts, various shapes and sizes, names include Stockton CityLines Inc. fare tokens, Pacific Gas & Electric ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to d*******f for (45.00 + 11.25) = 56.25
 
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Hard Times and Civil War Token Collection  [132187]5630 - Hard Times and Civil War Token Collection [132187]
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Lot of 20 hard time tokens: Low numbers 37,58, 97, 300, 273 and fifteen others. Ten Civil War tokens (cents). Date: Country (if not USA): State:
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 300.00 - 600.00
Sold to j********r.. for (300.00 + 75.00) = 375.00
 
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