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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3 Montana Hotel Postcards With Rare 3 Panel Panorama2150 - 3 Montana Hotel Postcards With Rare 3 Panel Panorama
Holabird Western Americana Collections
3 Montana postcards, 2 from Hunters Hot Springs and 1 from Corwin Springs with pictures of hotels. The two Hunters Hot Springs have a picture of The N
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 70.00
Sold to d******c for (25.00 + 6.00) = 31.00
 
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Two Club Saloon Billheads (Kendall, MT)2151 - Two Club Saloon Billheads (Kendall, MT)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two different half sheets. Clingan & Hamilton. "Please send us two gross assorted steamboats(?) by western express. City: Kendall State:...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to f********2 for (40.00 + 9.60) = 49.60
 
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Territorial Commitment (Prison) Papers2152 - Territorial Commitment (Prison) Papers
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The conviction of a man named Henry Powers of manslaughter over a pasturage dispute with A.H. Van Brocklin that turned violent in 1881 in Madison Coun
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 80.00 - 150.00
Sold to 8*****w for (45.00 + 9.45) = 54.45
 
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Miles City Police Labor Letter AFL2153 - Miles City Police Labor Letter AFL
Holabird Western Americana Collections
5 Letters from the great depression from the Miles City Trades and Labor Council, associated with the American Federation of Labor, to the City Counci
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
 
 
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Seeing Miles City2154 - Seeing Miles City
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Seeing Miles city by A. Buchanan. The Johnnie Wise Letters After three Years in Montana. An interesting perspective as "Buck" writes to hi...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 70.00 - 120.00
Sold to w**********b for (80.00 + 19.20) = 99.20
 
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Early Missoula Directory2155 - Early Missoula Directory
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Polk's 1915 Volume 8 Directory of Missoula, Hamilton, and Stevensville City directories. Approximately 500 pages of all businesses and outfits ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to o*********k for (275.00 + 57.75) = 332.75
 
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Missoula Fire Department Photograph2156 - Missoula Fire Department Photograph
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Photograph of the Missoula Fire Department. Crew of 11 Missoula firemen, in formal uniform, no fire fighting equipment seen, lots of mustaches. Henry
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to n*******c for (50.00 + 12.00) = 62.00
 
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United States Supreme Court admits Joseph F Dixon2157 - United States Supreme Court admits Joseph F Dixon
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Framed appointment of Joseph M Dixon as an attorney and counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States. In 1902 and 1904 Dixon won congressional
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to o*********k for (275.00 + 57.75) = 332.75
 
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Willey Good For Mirror (Missoula, Montana)2158 - Willey Good For Mirror (Missoula, Montana)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
R 10. Missoula good for mirror, 1.25" diameter. Hand colored photo of woman, faded. Willey / 80 S. E. Front St. / 12 1/2 c / IT. (Svoboda colle...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to s********o.. for (200.00 + 42.00) = 242.00
 
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R.C. McCabe Wines, Liquors, and Cigars Checkbook2159 - R.C. McCabe Wines, Liquors, and Cigars Checkbook
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Blank hardcover checkbook for R.C. McCabe Wines, Liquors, and Cigars in Radersburg Montana from the State Bank of Townsend. "Townsend" on...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 120.00 - 300.00
Sold to p********e for (70.00 + 16.80) = 86.80
 
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Red Lodge Guide Boards Mining Transit Book2160 - Red Lodge Guide Boards Mining Transit Book
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Guide Boards Book for Red Lodge Mining Areas. "Guide Boards" was an early term for road signs approximately 45 pages with writing, drawin...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to a****a for (140.00 + 33.60) = 173.60
 
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Red Lodge and Yellowstone Photo Album2161 - Red Lodge and Yellowstone Photo Album
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Photo album mostly full with scenic and family pictures from around Red Lodge and Yellowstone. Very nice home made album with a variety of different
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to r********e.. for (55.00 + 11.55) = 66.55
 
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Alder Gulch Aerie Fraternal Order of Eagles Ribbon and ID Card2162 - Alder Gulch Aerie Fraternal Order of Eagles Ribbon and ID Card
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Included are an Identity card for the Alder gulch Aerie No. 664, Fraternal Order of Eagles in a leather case--Carl H. Bergstrom, 1904; and a medal and
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to c*********p for (50.00 + 12.00) = 62.00
 
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Fabulous Pairing of Colorful Wagon Billheads2163 - Fabulous Pairing of Colorful Wagon Billheads
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1) Fancy colored billhead from SR Buford of Virginia City on Fish Brothers Wagon Company of Racine, Wisconsin letter. Pictured is the "Monarch ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to j******d for (75.00 + 18.00) = 93.00
 
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LOT WITHDRAWN2165 - LOT WITHDRAWN
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This lot had to be withdrawn due to large errors in the description. It appears to actually be a photograph of men posing in front of a stagecoach rob
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Estimates : 2.00 - 4.00
 
 
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Pre-1900 Virginia City Ephemera including Business Card2166 - Pre-1900 Virginia City Ephemera including Business Card
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1-2) Billhead and Business Card for the Eaton House, John H Davis, Proprietor. 189-. 3) George Cohn, 1897. Best quality meats. 4) Red Folger, Golden G
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to l*******c for (50.00 + 12.00) = 62.00
 
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Road Agents Graves Silver Mirror, Virginia City, Montana2167 - Road Agents Graves Silver Mirror, Virginia City, Montana
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Beautifully embossed small silver plated mirror, 1.5" diameter with 1" handle. Raised image of highway route outline with image of mountai...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 600.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to s********o.. for (325.00 + 68.25) = 393.25
 
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Broadside/Handbill for The Mitchell Wagon (Virginia City, Montana)2168 - Broadside/Handbill for The Mitchell Wagon (Virginia City, Montana)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
"The Mitchell, This Justly Celebrated Wagon", manufactured by Mitchell & Lewis Co., Limited, Racine, Wis. Billhead for sales at S. R. ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 120.00 - 250.00
Sold to a****a for (60.00 + 14.40) = 74.40
 
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Virginia City Fireman's Ribbon2169 - Virginia City Fireman's Ribbon
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Fireman's ribbon from Virginia City Montana that has a brass pin with the shape of a fire fighter helmet at the top and a red ribbon with silver...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 40.00 - 100.00
Sold to n*******c for (25.00 + 6.00) = 31.00
 
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Phelps Bar Saloon Wallet2170 - Phelps Bar Saloon Wallet
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Small black saloon wallet from the Phelps Bar in White Sulphur Springs, Mont. Fine Wines, Liquors and Cigars. Excellent condition through and through.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 90.00
Sold to 1*******t for (25.00 + 6.00) = 31.00
 
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Wickes: Mining Ghost Town American Yeomen Records2171 - Wickes: Mining Ghost Town American Yeomen Records
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Brotherhood of American Yeomen Homestead No. 777 dues book records for some of the people in the silver mining ghost town of Wickes Montana. About 25
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Saloon Letter from the Mint Saloon in Wisdom MT.2172 - Saloon Letter from the Mint Saloon in Wisdom MT.
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Fantastic Saloon Letter from The Mint Saloon in Wisdom Montana. Written by the proprietor J.C. Hill to Butte Tombstone Co. about the order of a tombs
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 150.00 - 350.00
Sold to 1**9 for (200.00 + 32.00) = 232.00
 
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Rare Handbill on The Admission of Automobiles Into Yellowstone2173 - Rare Handbill on The Admission of Automobiles Into Yellowstone
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Rare Handbill from the department of the interior on the admission of automobiles into Yellowstone national park. Discloses the current government pol
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (90.00 + 21.60) = 111.60
 
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14 Various Montana Tickets2174 - 14 Various Montana Tickets
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Tickets include: Alexander Opera House, Forsyth, benefit for Mrs. Marsland; J. G. Cocking's Tea Check (pictorial), Helena; Brush Lake Dance Coup...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 6****A for (50.00 + 10.50) = 60.50
 
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17 U. S. S. Montana Postcards2175 - 17 U. S. S. Montana Postcards
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Group of hand colored printed postcards. Picture postcards of ports of call. City: State: Montana Date: Inventory# 38834
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 150.00 - 250.00
Sold to 8*****l for (35.00 + 7.35) = 42.35
 
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A Newspaper Reference Work for Montana2176 - A Newspaper Reference Work for Montana
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Very rare. A Newspaper Reference Work. Men of affairs and Representative Institutions of the State of Montana, 1914. Compiled for the Newspaper Editor
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to 1**9 for (100.00 + 16.00) = 116.00
 
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Bank Saloon and Sideboard Saloon billheads2177 - Bank Saloon and Sideboard Saloon billheads
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1) Bank Saloon, KA Hinote, Havre. "Send me 10 gal. of alcohol as soon as possible." [Not very picky about what they get, I guess.] 2) -Sid...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to e*****r for (40.00 + 0.00) = 40.00
 
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Two Color Beer Billheads: Anheuser Busch & Pabst2178 - Two Color Beer Billheads: Anheuser Busch & Pabst
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1) Unused Larkin & Fleming of Red Lodge. Tri-color billhead. 2) B. Gallick dealer in Pabst. Butte, 1899. Addressed to Buford in Virginia City. ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to 1**9 for (25.00 + 4.00) = 29.00
 
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Captain of Police Sign2179 - Captain of Police Sign
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A steel sign from a police department in Montana that is black with gold lettering and reads Captain of Police C.M. ST.P. & P. RY. Initialed T....
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to m********o.. for (100.00 + 24.00) = 124.00
 
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Chinese in Montana Document2180 - Chinese in Montana Document
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Interesting Chinese document. China was in turmoil from the late-1830s to the 1870s, and well beyond in most cases. Many Chinese families had been dis
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to 8*****w for (35.00 + 7.35) = 42.35
 
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First Constitution of the State of Montana2181 - First Constitution of the State of Montana
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Constitution of the State of Montana as adopted by the Constitutional Convention held at Helena, Montana, July 4, A. D. 1889. And an Address to the Pe
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Start Price : 35.00 | Estimates : 70.00 - 150.00
 
 
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Four Different Montana Business Cards2182 - Four Different Montana Business Cards
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Cards: Ponderosa Saloon & Cafe // GF / One free Drink; H. Wolfe, HupMobile Taxi Service, Billings; The Windsor, Liquor and Cigars, Butte; Gust M...
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Great Northern Railway Train Crash Photos2183 - Great Northern Railway Train Crash Photos
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4 Photographs of 2 different train crashes on the Great Northern Railway. Images of wreckage on crash sight and also being hauled away. All mounted o
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Group of 21 Montana Postcards2184 - Group of 21 Montana Postcards
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6 RPC's--photos of Billings, Custer, Beaver, Cameron, Choteau, Marysville. 15 other postcards. (Svoboda collection) City: State: Montana Dat...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to h*******c for (30.00 + 6.30) = 36.30
 
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Large Montana Saddle Billhead Collection2185 - Large Montana Saddle Billhead Collection
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Lot of nine. 1) Al Furstnow of Miles City with requirements for a saddle for O Armstrong of Kalispell. Cowboy riding bunking bronco on back. 2) SJ Hai
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to 1**9 for (170.00 + 27.20) = 197.20
 
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Madison Co. Residential Photograph2186 - Madison Co. Residential Photograph
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Photograph of a residence in Madison County with stables and select hand-colored trees. View of the stables, backyard, and mountains behind the house.
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Start Price : 30.00 | Estimates : 60.00 - 120.00
 
 
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Misc. Montana Pamphlets2187 - Misc. Montana Pamphlets
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Lot includes: In Memoriam Walter Washington de Lacy, 1892; Montana Products Directory, 1932; First Biennial Report of the State Highway Commission, 19
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to 1**9 for (50.00 + 8.00) = 58.00
 
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Montana and Leadville Revenue2188 - Montana and Leadville Revenue
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Revenue lot from Montana and Leadville. Includes four separate revenue stamps for $.25 each with George Washington, red. Also includes a check from th
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 20.00 - 40.00
Sold to c*********p for (10.00 + 2.40) = 12.40
 
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Montana Banking Laws2189 - Montana Banking Laws
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Rare. Laws Governing State Banks, Savings Banks and Trust Deposit and Security Associations in the State of Montana and State Examiner. City: State
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 120.00
Sold to e*****r for (20.00 + 0.00) = 20.00
 
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Montana Coupon & Ticket Books2190 - Montana Coupon & Ticket Books
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12 coupon and ticket books: 3 coupon books , Thos. F. Murphy, General Merchandise, Southern Cross; 2 ticket books, Strand Theatre, Livingston; Hori Ca
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to s*********e for (35.00 + 8.40) = 43.40
 
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Montana Education Booklets2191 - Montana Education Booklets
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Included: Biennial Reports, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the Librarian of the State Law Library, 1917-1918; University of Montana President...
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
 
 
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Montana Mining Surveys2192 - Montana Mining Surveys
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5 Mining surveys dated from 1890 from Helena and Deer Lodge. Surveys for the George Henry Lode, Redemption Lode, and the Union Lode. 2 Different vari
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
 
 
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Montana Potpourri2193 - Montana Potpourri
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot includes: Bob's Territorial Bar, Virginia City, Montana, with a mileage chart; 4 paper coupons for Territory of Montana bonds, 1969; Metal c...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to l*****p for (120.00 + 28.80) = 148.80
 
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Premium Collection of Montana Checks and Receipts2194 - Premium Collection of Montana Checks and Receipts
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High grade checks and receipts for various places in Montana that include a territorial stock inspector, Great Falls Treasurer, Butte Tombstone Co., L
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to 1*****c for (25.00 + 6.00) = 31.00
 
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Montana Railway Tickets2195 - Montana Railway Tickets
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Lot of railway tickets for: Anaconda, Butte, Helena, Mountain Home. City: State: Montana Date: Inventory# 38823
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (70.00 + 16.80) = 86.80
 
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Montana Railway Tickets 22196 - Montana Railway Tickets 2
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Railroads include: Washington, Idaho & Montana RY. Co. and Montana Western Railway Co. Tickets from and to: Potlatch ID to Palouse, WA and Palou...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (55.00 + 13.20) = 68.20
 
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Montana Saloon Billhead Duo2197 - Montana Saloon Billhead Duo
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) Club Saloon, Turk & Stockert, Shelby. "Please ship at once...ten cases ? grape juice." Early Prohibition piece. 2) Board of Trade, ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to b********c.. for (35.00 + 7.35) = 42.35
 
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Montana Saloon Billheads2198 - Montana Saloon Billheads
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) The Club Saloon, Choteau. Fancy brown billhead. 2) Utica Saloon, James L Morris, Utica. Blue billhead. City: State: Montana Date: 1902 Inven
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to f********2 for (45.00 + 10.80) = 55.80
 
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Montana Town and Special Photos2199 - Montana Town and Special Photos
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Group of seven nice photos: train at Missoula, c 1890; group of musicians in Meaderville (c1890); bank building in Great Falls c 1890; scene at Glendi
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (80.00 + 19.20) = 99.20
 
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Oliver Iron Mining Company Poker Game in Trapper's Cabin Photograph (Minnesota, 1918)2200 - Oliver Iron Mining Company Poker Game in Trapper's Cabin Photograph (Minnesota, 1918)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A Roleff photo from the Oliver Iron Mining Company of Miners playing a game of poker in a trapper's cabin. A rare insight to a mining camp/ cabi...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to t********n.. for (110.00 + 26.40) = 136.40
 
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