Western Railroad Passes, Montana, Western Americana and Gold

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Our Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016 auction is a simultaneous live and internet event with 1,800 lots split over three days. Here is a general breakdown of the 3 days, all of which feature different collecting categories:

DAY ONE (Sept. 30th)

*The Ken Prag Western Pass Collection: Nearly 1,000 railroad, stagecoach, steamship and express passes incl. important autographs such as Jay Gould, Otto Mears, and Leland Stanford.

*Western Bottles: Following up on the great 49er Bottle Show in Sacramento, we have more rare, pristine, unusual, and special bottles in this auction.

DAY TWO (Oct. 1st)

*Western U.S. Placer Gold & Ingot Collection: From small nuggets to 1.8 troy ounce nuggets to gold specimens weighing over 7 troy ounces. Also, a William Sharon Presentation Dinner Ingot!

*Montana Tokens, Postal History, Ephemera, Books & Gaming Chips: A fabulous selection featuring more great items from the Svoboda Collection and others.

DAY THREE (Oct. 2nd)

*Our General Americana section featuring a wide variety of Western treasures: scales, a strong box, badges, ribbons, jewelry, watches, and a large collection of important and rare books (Nevada and California History, 1st Editions, Military, Native Americana, Biographies, Presidential, etc.).
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Pacific Express Company Annual Pass (1888) (Pictorial) Issued to Assistant Superintendent1500 - Pacific Express Company Annual Pass (1888) (Pictorial) Issued to Assistant Superintendent
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No. 491, issued for 1888 to W.R. Bresie, assistant superintendent for Pacific Express Co. Printed on light green cardstock by Dreka, Philadelphia. Orn
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Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to j*********t for (140.00 + 29.40) = 169.40
 
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Pacific Express Company Annual Pass (1892) (Pictorial)1501 - Pacific Express Company Annual Pass (1892) (Pictorial)
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No. 347, issued for 1892 to W.H. Hurlbut, Union Pacific Railway. Nice logo with vignette of locomotive and stagecoach. Printed on yellow cardstock. Co
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Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to j*********t for (130.00 + 27.30) = 157.30
 
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Pacific Express Company Annual Pass (1894) (Pictorial) Issued to Union Pacific Chief Engineer1502 - Pacific Express Company Annual Pass (1894) (Pictorial) Issued to Union Pacific Chief Engineer
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No. A716, issued 1894 to Geo. H. Pegram, chief engineer for Union Pacific Railway. Pegram also patented the Pegram truss design for bridges. Red logo
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Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to j*********t for (95.00 + 19.95) = 114.95
 
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Pacific Express Company Pass Collection: 1903, 1904, 1905, 19061503 - Pacific Express Company Pass Collection: 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906
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Four different, all issued to the same person, F.D. Cornell, pass. & ticket agent of the Missouri Pacific Railway Company. 1903-1906. Printed on...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d*****2 for (65.00 + 15.60) = 80.60
 
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Pacific Express Company Pass Issued to Wells Fargo Superintendent1504 - Pacific Express Company Pass Issued to Wells Fargo Superintendent
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Pass No. A160, issued in 1902 to D.T. Mervine, superintendent of Wells Fargo & Company. Printed on blue cardstock. Reverse is countersigned by L...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to e*****r for (20.00 + 0.00) = 20.00
 
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Pacific Express Company Pass Issued to Wells Fargo Superintendent (1898)1505 - Pacific Express Company Pass Issued to Wells Fargo Superintendent (1898)
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No. A127, issued for 1898 to D.T. Mervine, superintendent for Wells Fargo & Company's Express. Countersigned by E.P. Newhall on reverse (se...
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Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to j*********t for (90.00 + 18.90) = 108.90
 
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Pacific Express Company Passes: 1880 & 18861506 - Pacific Express Company Passes: 1880 & 1886
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Lot of two. 1) 1886. Low No. 8, issued to William Kerrigan, general superintendent of the Missouri Pacific Railway Company. Printed on light green/blu
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Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to j*********t for (160.00 + 33.60) = 193.60
 
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United Express Company Annual Pass Collection: 1888-19051507 - United Express Company Annual Pass Collection: 1888-1905
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Six different, all issued. Included: 1888, 1895, 1896, 1901, 1902, and 1905. The 1895 pass is issued to the general superintendent of the company, E.W
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to a**********5 for (250.00 + 60.00) = 310.00
 
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United States Mail Annual Pass (1880)1508 - United States Mail Annual Pass (1880)
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Annual pass No. 211 issued by the Office of Jas. B. Colegrove, General Contractor of U.S. Postal Service, to Herman Silver, auditor for the Denver &...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to j*********t for (110.00 + 23.10) = 133.10
 
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Wells Fargo Express Annual Passes (3): 1888-18981509 - Wells Fargo Express Annual Passes (3): 1888-1898
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Three different, pre-1900. Includes: 1888, 1893 and 1898, all printed on cardstock with printed signature of John Valentine as president. The 1893 is
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Estimates : 250.00 - 500.00
Sold to d*****2 for (170.00 + 40.80) = 210.80
 
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Wells Fargo Express Annual Passes (5): 1902-19161510 - Wells Fargo Express Annual Passes (5): 1902-1916
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Five different. Included: 1902, 1909, 1912, 1913, and 1916. All printed on cardstock and issued to various railway officials. Please see photo for con
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to j*********t for (100.00 + 21.00) = 121.00
 
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Western Express Company Annual Passes: 1898 & 18991511 - Western Express Company Annual Passes: 1898 & 1899
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Two different unissued passes. Both have printed signature of the general manager. Printed on cardstock with toning and some soiling. (Prag Collectio
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to j*********t for (50.00 + 10.50) = 60.50
 
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Wells Fargo & Co. Receipt for Gold Dust1512 - Wells Fargo & Co. Receipt for Gold Dust
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Forest Hill April 28, 1878, Bought of A. Clark. Receipt for the purchase of 1 az. 8 dwts. gold dust. Value $24.40. By A. H. Cowden. City: Forest Hil
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to r******h for (120.00 + 24.00) = 144.00
 
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San Rafael and S.F. Express Shipping Invoice1513 - San Rafael and S.F. Express Shipping Invoice
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A shipping invoice from "To San Rafael and S. F. Express Dr." for $4.75 in charges. Oscar Fitch and Fred H. Carroll proprietors. Has a ...
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Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to l*******c for (30.00 + 7.20) = 37.20
 
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California Wells Fargo Check Collection1514 - California Wells Fargo Check Collection
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Lot of 19 checks and receipts. Includes: two 1864 way bill receipts (San Francisco); 1865 Folsom check w/ adhesive revenue; two consignee receipts for
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 1*****c for (85.00 + 20.40) = 105.40
 
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Lot Withdrawn1515 - Lot Withdrawn
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Lot Withdrawn, same as lot 1514
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Start Price : 1.00 | Estimates : 2.00 - 3.00
 
 
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Wells Fargo & Co. Receipts1516 - Wells Fargo & Co. Receipts
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Over 75 payment receipts, most signed by G. M. Hackett, CPA. City: State: California Date: 1906-07 Inventory# 38408
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Two Choice Wells Fargo Mining Checks1517 - Two Choice Wells Fargo Mining Checks
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Two rare Owyhee Mining Company (Wells, Fargo & Co.) checks issued 1871 & 1872 in Silver City, Idaho. Both have RN-C revenue imprints. Cut ca...
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Estimates : 150.00 - 250.00
Sold to j******0 for (160.00 + 33.60) = 193.60
 
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Fabulous Stagecoach Correspondence Collection1518 - Fabulous Stagecoach Correspondence Collection
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Lot of 38. Includes 1) wonderful H.F. Galen's Express cover with a S. F. Buford & Company billhead. Buford was a representative for Galen. ...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to l*******c for (750.00 + 180.00) = 930.00
 
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Virginia City & Alder Express Way Bills1519 - Virginia City & Alder Express Way Bills
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Lists number of packages and who is receiving them. These are all for Home Park and Return. A few passengers listed. City: State: Montana Date: 1
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Wells Fargo Bank Coin Savers1521 - Wells Fargo Bank Coin Savers
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9 Vintage Wells Fargo Stagecoach Dime Savers. 3.25" x 5.5", folded. Good condition. City: State: United States Date: Inventory# 38274
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Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to 6******n for (25.00 + 5.00) = 30.00
 
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American Express Railroad Contract, James C. Fargo as President 18821522 - American Express Railroad Contract, James C. Fargo as President 1882
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Four page handwritten document was an express contract between American Express Company, James C. Fargo, president, and the Fredericton Railroad Compa
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (100.00 + 24.00) = 124.00
 
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American Railway Express Sign1523 - American Railway Express Sign
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American Railway Express wood sign, 10.5" x 70". Fabulous condition. The Railway Express Agency (REA) was a national monopoly set up by th...
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Start Price : 2,500.00 | Estimates : 5,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Canvas and Leather Mailbag1524 - Canvas and Leather Mailbag
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Very old mailbag--lot of history here. City: State: Date: Inventory# 38218
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Erie Express Ledger1525 - Erie Express Ledger
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Erie Express record of COD's forwarded. All pages unwritten in this unused railroad company ledger. Estimate $150-$300. City: State: Date...
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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Northern Pacific Express Company Pass (1895)1526 - Northern Pacific Express Company Pass (1895)
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Rare Western express pass. No. 39, issued in 1895 to Mr. H.F. Whitcomb, General Manager of Wisconsin Central Railway. Countersigned on reverse by N.C.
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to r******8 for (300.00 + 63.00) = 363.00
 
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Wells Fargo Group1527 - Wells Fargo Group
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Includes a Wells Fargo collect lot shipment receipt. Wells Fargo wagon ornament. Wells Fargo advertisement in the July edition of the official guide o
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to j*********t for (25.00 + 5.25) = 30.25
 
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Wells Fargo Library1528 - Wells Fargo Library
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5 Volumes pertaining to Well Fargo and its banking history. Includes, "Under Cover For Wells Fargo; The Unvarnished Recollections of Fred Dodg...
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Estimates : 80.00 - 150.00
Sold to 8*****l for (40.00 + 8.40) = 48.40
 
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Wells Fargo Pocket Watch and Belt Buckle - Reproduction / Withdrawn1529 - Wells Fargo Pocket Watch and Belt Buckle - Reproduction / Withdrawn
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We love our clients. They bring such a wealth of knowledge to us. One of our customers pointed out to us that this is a reproduction that we didn...
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Start Price : 250.00 | Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Benicia Brewery Split Beer Bottle1530 - Benicia Brewery Split Beer Bottle
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Rare Benicia Brewery split beer bottle. This is another of the California rarities. Four piece mold Gustave Gnauck Benicia Brewery, Benicia Cal. Probl
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Estimates : 150.00 - 250.00
Sold to 9*****F for (50.00 + 10.50) = 60.50
 
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Pearson Brothers Bodie, California Soda Bottle1531 - Pearson Brothers Bodie, California Soda Bottle
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Pearson Brothers Bodie. Tall deep aqua blue gravitating stopper style soda. Applied top. A very visually attractive bottle. There's a base chip ...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to 9*****F for (950.00 + 199.50) = 1,149.50
 
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BODE No. 51532 - BODE No. 5
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BODE No. 5. Embossing and round slug plate. Two examples, one aqua and one clear, starting to turn purple. For years this bottle was promoted as from
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Astorg Mineral Water1533 - Astorg Mineral Water
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Astorg Mineral Water. Aqua tool top soda. Joysmith example. The Astorg Mineral Water is an exceptionally rare California soda. Unlisted in the early v
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to 9*****F for (100.00 + 21.00) = 121.00
 
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McCrudden Campbell & Co. Soda Bottle1534 - McCrudden Campbell & Co. Soda Bottle
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McCrudden Campbell & Co., Marysville California. Dark cobalt, clean, pontil, apply top. A gorgeous specimen of this rare bottle. Campbell and Co...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to 9*****F for (600.00 + 126.00) = 726.00
 
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G. M. Henderson Bonanza Mineral Water1535 - G. M. Henderson Bonanza Mineral Water
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G. M. Henderson Bonanza Mineral Water, Mendocino County. This medium aqua soda bottle is full of see bubbles. Applied top. This rare soda bottle comes
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to 9*****F for (350.00 + 73.50) = 423.50
 
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E. L. Billings Soda Bottle1536 - E. L. Billings Soda Bottle
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E. L. Billings, Sacramento soda bottle. A choice example of an implied top Billings soda with thick glass in blue. These bottles are usually found wit
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to F****e for (60.00 + 13.80) = 73.80
 
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J. H. Summit Mineral Water1537 - J. H. Summit Mineral Water
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Summit mineral water; J. H. (Jacob Hoen) ran the Summit Mineral Water business out of Sacramento from 1871-1882. Hoen's marketing gimmick was mi...
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Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to 9*****F for (150.00 + 31.50) = 181.50
 
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B & G San Francisco1538 - B & G San Francisco
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B & G San Francisco. Superior Mineral Water on reverse. Classic California Gold Rush cobalt blue soda bottle. It dates from 1852-1853, managed ...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 800.00
Sold to 9*****F for (350.00 + 73.50) = 423.50
 
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Bragg & Schaefer Soda Bottle1539 - Bragg & Schaefer Soda Bottle
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Bragg and Schaefer San Francisco, Pacific Soda Works. Embossed with the fish at the top. This pictorial soda is a nice medium aqua, applied top, with
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Estimates : 120.00 - 250.00
Sold to 9*****F for (70.00 + 14.70) = 84.70
 
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Court National Bottling Works1540 - Court National Bottling Works
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Court National Bottling Works, amber, San Francisco beer bottle with a image of an eagle. Very minor surface wear. City: San Francisco State: Calif
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Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to k*******2 for (50.00 + 12.00) = 62.00
 
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D & M Soda Bottle, Empire Soda Works1541 - D & M Soda Bottle, Empire Soda Works
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Empire Soda Works, D & M, San Francisco. Deep teal blue example, exceptionally rare. Delaliunty and McGurk ran their business for one short year...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to 9*****F for (600.00 + 126.00) = 726.00
 
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D & S Soda Bottle1542 - D & S Soda Bottle
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D & S Co., San Francisco. Apply top, deep cornflower blue soda bottle. Delaliunty and Skelly ran their business in San Francisco for only a brie...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to 9*****F for (1,150.00 + 241.50) = 1,391.50
 
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Golden Gate Bottling Works1543 - Golden Gate Bottling Works
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Golden Gate Bottling Works, San Francisco, with beautifully embossed image of a bear holding a beer stein. This is one of the most treasured of the Sa
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Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to 9*****F for (85.00 + 17.85) = 102.85
 
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Golden Gate Soda Bottle1544 - Golden Gate Soda Bottle
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Golden Gate. This example is a deep green edging on teal. Professionally cleaned with very very minor surface wear. Applied top. A choice example. The
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Estimates : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to 9*****F for (200.00 + 42.00) = 242.00
 
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H. Ficken Soda Bottle1545 - H. Ficken Soda Bottle
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California Soda Works, H. Ficken, San Francisco. This is a very rare soda, though not as rare as the XLCR. It's a choice ice blue example. It ha...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to 9*****F for (900.00 + 189.00) = 1,089.00
 
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Herve & Somps Natural Mineral Water1546 - Herve & Somps Natural Mineral Water
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Herve & Somps, Laguna St., San Francisco. Natural Mineral Water from the Golden West Springs, Napa County, Cal. This rare aqua told top soda is...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to 9*****F for (70.00 + 14.70) = 84.70
 
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Italian Soda Water Manufactory1547 - Italian Soda Water Manufactory
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Italian Soda Water Manufactory, San Francisco. Union Glassworks Philadelphia. Graphite Pontil. Applied top. Some base wear and a surface bruise undern
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Estimates : 500.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to 9*****F for (250.00 + 52.50) = 302.50
 
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Lynde & Putnam Mineral Waters, San Francisco, Cal.1548 - Lynde & Putnam Mineral Waters, San Francisco, Cal.
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Lynde & Putnam Mineral Waters, San Francisco, Cal. A. Deep cobalt, pontil, old soda. This example is one of the few L & P gems, with bold e...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to 9*****F for (475.00 + 99.75) = 574.75
 
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Meyerfeld Mitchell & Co., Days of 491549 - Meyerfeld Mitchell & Co., Days of 49
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Meyerfeld Mitchell & Co., Days of 49 whiskey, San Francisco. Days of 49 inside four point star. Clear, Bulbous neck, 11" tall, Barnett 552....
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Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to u**********y for (150.00 + 31.50) = 181.50
 
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National Bottling Co. Beer Bottle1550 - National Bottling Co. Beer Bottle
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National Bottling Co., San Francisco, Ad. B. Lang. Embossed image of eagle at center. Nice, clean, mint, tall quart beer. Rare. City: San Francisco
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Estimates : 80.00 - 120.00
Sold to k*******2 for (50.00 + 12.00) = 62.00
 
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