Western Railroad Passes, Montana, Western Americana and Gold

Auction Details

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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Butte 14 KT Gold Match Safe2100 - Butte 14 KT Gold Match Safe
Holabird Western Americana Collections
14 KT Gold match safe from Butte Montana with a blue sapphire that could possibly by a Montana sapphire. Has a choice pictorial vignette of an owl sit
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to c*****2 for (750.00 + 180.00) = 930.00
 
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Butte and Bozeman Short-Line Pictorial Ribbon2101 - Butte and Bozeman Short-Line Pictorial Ribbon
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Ribbon for the Butte and Bozeman Short-Line with a train vignette and a quotation that reads "The Tie That Binds" May 26, 1890. Rare, smal...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 1**9 for (50.00 + 8.00) = 58.00
 
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Butte Blacksmiths' and Helpers' Union By-laws & Constitution2102 - Butte Blacksmiths' and Helpers' Union By-laws & Constitution
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Preamble Constitution and By-Laws of the Butte Blacksmiths' and Helpers' Union, No. 456. City: Butte State: Montana, Date: 1912 Invent...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to 1**9 for (45.00 + 7.20) = 52.20
 
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Butte Cab Fob2103 - Butte Cab Fob
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Brass fob with original leather strap from the Butte Cab and Transfer Co. Reads "Return to Butte Cab and Transfer Co. 35 East Broadway Butte, M...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to a**********0 for (45.00 + 9.45) = 54.45
 
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Butte Fireman's Badge2104 - Butte Fireman's Badge
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Copper badge from Butte and the Montana State Firemen's Association. Pictorial with a scenic view on the top piece and fire fighting depictions...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 80.00 - 200.00
Sold to b*********r for (45.00 + 9.00) = 54.00
 
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Butte Mine Report With Map2105 - Butte Mine Report With Map
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Mining report on the Lynchburg and John Emmit Lodes near Butte Montana. Describes the layout of the mine and vein locations in one and a half pages an
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Start Price : 30.00 | Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
 
 
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Butte Mining Photos2106 - Butte Mining Photos
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48 Mining photographs from the Butte area, all have been identified, high quality photos, with the original envelope from the film developer in Butte
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to d******c for (75.00 + 18.00) = 93.00
 
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Butte Realty Sign2107 - Butte Realty Sign
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Butte Montana realty sign that reads, "For Sale Butte Land and Inv. Co. 19 West Granite Street". Red tin sign with white embossed letteri...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to m********o.. for (65.00 + 15.60) = 80.60
 
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Butte Ribbon Collection2108 - Butte Ribbon Collection
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4 Ribbons from Butte Montana including a lavender ribbon from Allied Printing Trades for Miner's Union Day 1904, Butte Workingmen's Union A....
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to r******e for (40.00 + 9.60) = 49.60
 
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Corner of Park and Main Trolley Photograph (Butte, Montana)2109 - Corner of Park and Main Trolley Photograph (Butte, Montana)
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Photograph of the Trolley at the corner of Park and Main St. in Butte Montana. Done by Elite Photo Studios, 3.5"x 4.75" very good conditio...
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Start Price : 30.00 | Estimates : 60.00 - 120.00
 
 
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Highly Collectible Souvenir Brass Anvil (Butte, Montana)2110 - Highly Collectible Souvenir Brass Anvil (Butte, Montana)
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A brass souvenir anvil from Butte Montana that says "To Forge Our Friendship Bill Mc Donel". Souvenir anvils are a highly collectible ite...
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Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to r*o for (65.00 + 15.60) = 80.60
 
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Irrepressible Butte (Early Booklet)2111 - Irrepressible Butte (Early Booklet)
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Irrepressible Butte. the richest City in the World. Unique, Healthy, and Enterprising. $900.00 Produced Annually for Each Inhabitant. Compliments of P
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Start Price : 30.00 | Estimates : 60.00 - 120.00
 
 
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Butte Saloon Photo2112 - Butte Saloon Photo
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Unidentified people, one man in RR hat in a saloon. Mounted photo, 5" x 5". City: Butte State: Montana, Date: Inventory# 40620
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Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to t********n.. for (45.00 + 10.80) = 55.80
 
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The Story of Butte, Illustrated2113 - The Story of Butte, Illustrated
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Rare find! Old Timers' Hand Book, The Story of Butte, Illustrated. Guy X, Piatt, editor. April 15, 1897. Booklet is fragile, has been taped on ...
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Estimates : 140.00 - 300.00
Sold to z***8 for (50.00 + 12.00) = 62.00
 
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Three Montana Sewage Bonds2114 - Three Montana Sewage Bonds
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1) City of Butte. 1890. 15 coupons remaining, Gold & White. Excellent condition other than folds. Hole cancelled, Bottom left corner ripped, Not...
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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Two Butte Booklets2115 - Two Butte Booklets
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1) Butte Montana, 1905-- information booklet with photos of city. 2) Butte Montana, A Land that Enchants the Traveler, Enriches the Settler and Inspir
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 80.00 - 160.00
Sold to h*******c for (30.00 + 6.30) = 36.30
 
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Two Columbia Garden Booklets2116 - Two Columbia Garden Booklets
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1) Columbia Gardens, Butte, Montana, 1882-1902. Sights and scenes and a brief history of Columbia's Gardens. 2) Beautiful Columbia Gardens, &quo...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 80.00 - 160.00
Sold to 1**9 for (80.00 + 12.80) = 92.80
 
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Yegen Bros. Savings Bank, Butte, Montana2117 - Yegen Bros. Savings Bank, Butte, Montana
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Yegen Brothers–Pioneer Billings Family. In 1895 they sold 20 Studebaker wagons to Buffalo Bill, and had extensive ranch and livestock holdings. Togeth
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Estimates : 120.00 - 350.00
Sold to 1**9 for (130.00 + 20.80) = 150.80
 
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Butte Masons Ledger2118 - Butte Masons Ledger
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Butte Masonic Temple ledger for approximately 20 years over the turn of the century. Records of all transactions, fees, and events for the time period
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to a****a for (150.00 + 36.00) = 186.00
 
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Early Butte Grand Opera House Photo2119 - Early Butte Grand Opera House Photo
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Territorial photograph of the Grand Opera House in Butte Montana that was in the first city directory of Butte, Dillon, and Anaconda. Taken by T.H. Ru
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 1**9 for (70.00 + 11.20) = 81.20
 
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Group Photo of "Bagdad Shriners"2120 - Group Photo of "Bagdad Shriners"
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A group photo of "Bagdad Shriners" in Butte Montana taken by Elite Studios. Early Shriner uniforms for this chapter of the fraternal organ...
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
 
 
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Rare Butte Bottlers' Beer Tray2121 - Rare Butte Bottlers' Beer Tray
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Rare advertising beer tray from Butte Bottlers' Supply Co. Inc. on 112 S. Main St. Black rectangular tray with yellow bottom and black lettering...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (200.00 + 48.00) = 248.00
 
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Butte City and Meaderville Addition Maps2122 - Butte City and Meaderville Addition Maps
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3 Maps of Butte City with proposed additions and planning in un-built lots. Meaderville City map of Main Street with the Leonard Shaft also shown. Rar
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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Mining Cabin Photo2123 - Mining Cabin Photo
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Photograph of a mining cabin and the frontier family that lived there. Early photograph by Hazeltine's Studio in Arizona. Mounted to board, wea...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 150.00
Sold to 1**9 for (30.00 + 4.80) = 34.80
 
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Nude Advertising Straight Razor2124 - Nude Advertising Straight Razor
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Advertising straight razor with celluloid advertising of Admiral Dewey, a nude lady and some other unidentified people. Belonged to Istvan Radacsi in
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to T******p for (190.00 + 45.60) = 235.60
 
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Two Different Chinook Saloon Billheads2125 - Two Different Chinook Saloon Billheads
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1) Silver Dollar, Weaver Bor., 1915. 2) Elk Saloon, Angus Morrison, 1918. During prohibition. "Ship me 5 cases grape juice." City: Chinoo...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to b********c.. for (35.00 + 7.35) = 42.35
 
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Two Different Club Saloon Billheads2126 - Two Different Club Saloon Billheads
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1) UG Allen, 1901. 2) HC & JH Peters, 1917. During Montana's early prohibition years. City: Choteau State: Montana, Date: 1901, 1917 I...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to b********c.. for (35.00 + 7.35) = 42.35
 
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Poor Henry's Bar, Clinton, Montana Advertising Mirror2127 - Poor Henry's Bar, Clinton, Montana Advertising Mirror
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1921 Morgan Silver Dollar. For Poor Henry's Bar. Advertising piece is beginning to unglue. There are no known traditional tokens from Clinton, M...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to F*****6 for (75.00 + 15.75) = 90.75
 
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2 Cutbank Saloon Billheads2128 - 2 Cutbank Saloon Billheads
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2 Billheads from the Mint Saloon, Peterson & Lea Props, in Cutbank Montana for saloon supplies. 2 different versions. City: Cutbank State: Mon...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to b********c.. for (45.00 + 9.45) = 54.45
 
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Contract to Run Deer Lodge Prison2129 - Contract to Run Deer Lodge Prison
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Time period copy of the original contract from the U.S. Marshal on the terms and responsibility of running the territorial Deer Lodge Prison. Rare an
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 80.00 - 200.00
Sold to T******1 for (40.00 + 9.60) = 49.60
 
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Deer Lodge Fire Department Ribbon2130 - Deer Lodge Fire Department Ribbon
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A blue Deer Lodge Fire Department ribbon with silver lettering that reads "F.D Deer Lodge Montana". Manufactured by The Whitehead and Hoa...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 80.00 - 150.00
Sold to n*******c for (40.00 + 9.60) = 49.60
 
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Deer Lodge Prison Uniform Buttons2131 - Deer Lodge Prison Uniform Buttons
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Collection of 4 brass Deer Lodge Prison uniform buttons. Inscribed with a decorative "P" on the face of each button. Two button sizes, sm...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 120.00
Sold to d******c for (30.00 + 7.20) = 37.20
 
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Diamond Township Legal Case2132 - Diamond Township Legal Case
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Sheriff or any Constable of Meagher County is hereby told to sell the personal property of Denis Long to cover costs of court and debt he owes. Signe
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 40.00 - 80.00
Sold to k********t.. for (25.00 + 6.00) = 31.00
 
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Diamond Township Legal Cases2133 - Diamond Township Legal Cases
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5 Montana territorial handwritten legal cases from the rough and tumble Diamond Township. All of these cases were written by Moses Doggett, Justice o
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Estimates : 80.00 - 200.00
Sold to l*******c for (40.00 + 9.60) = 49.60
 
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Mercantile Business In Eddy Montana Photograph2134 - Mercantile Business In Eddy Montana Photograph
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Photograph of 3 buildings in the small Montana establishment of Eddy that appears to be two houses and a business. On the back one of the previous own
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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Conviction (death warrant) and Pardon for Phillip John, an Indian2135 - Conviction (death warrant) and Pardon for Phillip John, an Indian
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Two framed pieces pertaining to the conviction of death for Phillip John an Indian and his pardon. You will be hard pressed to find such an amazing hi
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to 1**9 for (2,000.00 + 320.00) = 2,320.00
 
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Fort Missoula Bound Correspondence Copies2136 - Fort Missoula Bound Correspondence Copies
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Bound correspondence copies from Fort Missoula in a beautiful, reprint book. Not published, made as a one-off reference for personal or historical ref
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Estimates : 70.00 - 150.00
Sold to 1**9 for (550.00 + 88.00) = 638.00
 
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Medal/Ribbon Garneill Lodge, No. 472137 - Medal/Ribbon Garneill Lodge, No. 47
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Ribbon and Medal, Garneill Lodge, No. 47 K. of P. Garneill, Mont. Reverse: "In Memoriam". City: Garneill State: Montana, Date: c. 1895 ...
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Start Price : 30.00 | Estimates : 60.00 - 150.00
 
 
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1909 Montana State Fair Medal2138 - 1909 Montana State Fair Medal
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Brass medal from the 1909 Montana State Fair. It is a pictorial medal with a lake and mountains with a mining themed border. On the back, it reads &...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 150.00
Sold to d******c for (30.00 + 7.20) = 37.20
 
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Great Falls & Cascade County Directory (1915)2139 - Great Falls & Cascade County Directory (1915)
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Polk Directory. 864 pages. 20 pages of advertisements and other advertisements throughout the directory. Other locations include Adel, Belt, Calvert E
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to e*****r for (60.00 + 0.00) = 60.00
 
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Great Falls Fire Department Bill2140 - Great Falls Fire Department Bill
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A pictorial bill from the Great Falls Fire Department received from James Burns, Chief Fire Department $17.15 for hay to feed their horses. Unusual pi
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Estimates : 40.00 - 80.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (35.00 + 8.40) = 43.40
 
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Two Harlem Saloon Billheads2141 - Two Harlem Saloon Billheads
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1) Mint Saloon, JE Fox, 1905. Looking for one thousand cigars. 2) Maverick Saloon, SC Rasmussen, 1915. Needs Jamaca Rum at once! Both addressed to Bat
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to e*****r for (30.00 + 0.00) = 30.00
 
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Very Rare Embossed Copper Advertising Spoon (Havre, Montana)2142 - Very Rare Embossed Copper Advertising Spoon (Havre, Montana)
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Very rare embossed copper advertising spoon compliments of H.W. Gross. Department Store, Havre Mont. Indian chief embossed on the handle with a full h
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Start Price : 25.00 | Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
 
 
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Algeria Shriner Memorabilia2143 - Algeria Shriner Memorabilia
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Memorabilia from an Algeria Shriner, Max Sarter. Included: hat in leather case, 3 pins, certificate, pennant, Masonic Code Book of Montana, 1909, Ritu
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Charles Gabisch Saloon Full Color, Die-Cut2144 - Charles Gabisch Saloon Full Color, Die-Cut
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Bright, wonderful large full color die-cut - 18.75 x 11.75" with frame. For a saloon and billiard hall. 138 South Main Street in Helena. One ri...
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Estimates : 150.00 - 500.00
Sold to 8*****H for (350.00 + 70.00) = 420.00
 
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City of Helena Note2145 - City of Helena Note
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Front side of note: City of Helena, 50, Pays in Friendship and Good Will Her Debt of Gratitude to Her Friends. Image of Mayor E. W. Knight or possibl
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Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to l*****p for (50.00 + 12.00) = 62.00
 
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E.D. Keller Cogg Railroad Photo2146 - E.D. Keller Cogg Railroad Photo
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Photograph of a Cogg Railroad by E.D. Keller Photographer in Helena Montana. Mounted to board, 4" x 6". Rare photograph. City: Helena St...
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Early Helena Hardcover Photo Book2147 - Early Helena Hardcover Photo Book
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Early hardcover photo book with pictures of the famous and important buildings in Helena Montana. Images of places such as Hotel Broadwater, Broadwate
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Estimates : 80.00 - 160.00
Sold to T******p for (55.00 + 13.20) = 68.20
 
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Helena House Bills & Mining Legals2148 - Helena House Bills & Mining Legals
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5 Different House Bills with duplicates from the Montana state legislature. Contains bills relating and originating from mining along with other unrel
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Helena Legal Documents2149 - Helena Legal Documents
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2 Legal documents from Helena Montana. They are both territorial from April of 1888 and hand written concerned with a payment of one thousand dollars
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Start Price : 30.00 | Estimates : 60.00 - 120.00
 
 
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