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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Pictorial Montana Billheads2201 - Pictorial Montana Billheads
Holabird Western Americana Collections
6 Pictorial billheads from various cities in Montana. Includes, Butte 50 years a state, Miles City Club to honorary mayor, Johnson, Kortfelt, and Com
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to i**b for (25.00 + 6.00) = 31.00
 
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Rare Dawson County Homesteading Ribbon2203 - Rare Dawson County Homesteading Ribbon
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Rare homesteading ribbon for Dawson County Montana. Reads as follows, "J.J. Stipek Founder of Stipek The Wheat City Dawson County Montana Town...
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Estimates : 60.00 - 120.00
Sold to k****g for (80.00 + 19.20) = 99.20
 
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Rare Mining Law Reference2204 - Rare Mining Law Reference
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Very rare mining law reference. "The Law of Mines and Mining in the United States" by Daniel Barringer and John Adams. Published by Little...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 600.00
Sold to m********y for (425.00 + 89.25) = 514.25
 
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Rockies Magazine (1895)2205 - Rockies Magazine (1895)
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The Rockies Magazine, October, 1895. edited by Francis E. Foote and F. L. Kern, M. A. Articles and advertising. City: State: Montana Date: 1895
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Estimates : 40.00 - 90.00
Sold to i**b for (10.00 + 2.40) = 12.40
 
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Silver Bow Sheriff Political Fob2206 - Silver Bow Sheriff Political Fob
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Political fob for Chas. S. Henderson for Sheriff. It is a promotional imitation of a sheriff badge for his political campaign. The back reads "...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to T******1 for (130.00 + 31.20) = 161.20
 
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Small Town Montana Saloon Billheads2207 - Small Town Montana Saloon Billheads
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) Board of Trade Saloon, AH Ross, Stanford. requesting two more kegs of Sunny Brook from Batemen & Switzer in Great Falls. 2) Silver Dollar Sal...
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Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to b********c.. for (35.00 + 7.35) = 42.35
 
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Three Nice Montana Documents: Stock, Trade Card, Billiard License2208 - Three Nice Montana Documents: Stock, Trade Card, Billiard License
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) Rare territorial pool license. 1874 three-month license issued to GH McKnight & Co. at Fort Shaw to operate a billiard table. Cost: $10. Prin...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 250.00
Sold to r********e.. for (250.00 + 52.50) = 302.50
 
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Three Small Town Saloon Photographs2209 - Three Small Town Saloon Photographs
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1) Maverick Saloon, SC Rasmussen, Harlem. 2) Club Saloon, Clingan & White, Kendall. 3) Elk Saloon, Morrison, Chinook. "Ship Everglade Whisk...
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Estimates : 90.00 - 150.00
Sold to 1**9 for (45.00 + 7.20) = 52.20
 
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Two Grand Lodge of Montana Booklets2210 - Two Grand Lodge of Montana Booklets
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1) Great find. "Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Montana, A. D. 1866, A. l. 5866." Cloth and leather bound, hardcover, 8.5" x 6"...
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Start Price : 150.00 | Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Two Montana Medical Booklets2211 - Two Montana Medical Booklets
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1) annual Report f the Board of Medical Examiners for the State of Montana, 1892. 2) Bulletin of the Montana state Board of Health child Welfare Divis
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Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to i**b for (20.00 + 4.80) = 24.80
 
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Two Rare Insurance Reports, Montana2212 - Two Rare Insurance Reports, Montana
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1) Annual Report of the Insurance Department of Montana of the Year Ending December 31, 1917. Office of the State Auditor, Rufus G. Poland. 2) Insuran
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Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to e*****r for (50.00 + 12.00) = 62.00
 
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Two Silver Dollar Saloon Billheads: Gilt Edge & Belt2213 - Two Silver Dollar Saloon Billheads: Gilt Edge & Belt
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1) Gilt Edge, RW Jones. 2) Jack Poland, Belt. Wants some Virginia Dove wine. Both addressed to Bateman & Switzer in Great Falls. City: State...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to T******1 for (30.00 + 7.20) = 37.20
 
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USS Helena Postcards2214 - USS Helena Postcards
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5 postcards from Japan and China--Christmas greeting from Shanghai, Shanghai-Whangpoo River, Japan-lovely Geisha, Mt. Fuji, and Yokohama. City: Sta
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Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to p*****Z for (50.00 + 12.00) = 62.00
 
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USS Montana Naval Postcards2215 - USS Montana Naval Postcards
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Four postcards, 2 show navy men--1 is RPC, 1 is picture of USS "Georgia" in heavy storm, 1 is picture of Armada Argentina. City: State...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to 8*****l for (35.00 + 7.35) = 42.35
 
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Virginia City & Alder Express Way Bills2216 - 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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W.A. Clark/ Joseph Pyle Archive2217 - W.A. Clark/ Joseph Pyle Archive
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17 Pieces of ephemera from Senator W.A. Clark and also prominent Montana Mining figure Joseph C. Pyle. Items include Deeds, Western Union messages, No
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Start Price : 30.00 | Estimates : 60.00 - 150.00
 
 
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Butte 4th of July Fancy Envelopes2218 - Butte 4th of July Fancy Envelopes
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Four different red, white and blue covers. Words can not to this lot justice, so please see photograph. City: Butte State: Montana, Date: c1926 I
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to h*******c for (35.00 + 7.35) = 42.35
 
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Butte Corner Advertising Collection2219 - Butte Corner Advertising Collection
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Over 90! Includes Hotel Placer with Air Mail plane, Western Mine, lots of hotels, Harkins cigars, Slemens & Booth mining brokers, Silver Bow Clu...
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Estimates : 180.00 - 500.00
Sold to h*******c for (150.00 + 31.50) = 181.50
 
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Butte Remainder Lot2220 - Butte Remainder Lot
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75 total. Includes three with contents. Registered and air mail covers. 49 advertising covers. Flag cancels. City: Butte State: Montana, Date:
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to e*****r for (75.00 + 0.00) = 75.00
 
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National Air Mail Week Copper Envelopes2221 - National Air Mail Week Copper Envelopes
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Two for each date. 1937 is the rarer. City: Butte State: Montana, Date: 1937, 1938 Inventory# 40059
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 80.00 - 150.00
Sold to 8*****w for (45.00 + 9.45) = 54.45
 
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Two Butte Chinese Merchant Corner Covers2222 - Two Butte Chinese Merchant Corner Covers
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1) 1914 Wah Shang Long & Co. at 102 South Main Street. With contents in Chinese. 2) 1935 Wong Sun Company. Chinese Medicine. City: Butte State...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to e*****r for (50.00 + 0.00) = 50.00
 
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Butte City Covers2223 - Butte City Covers
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6 Butte City Territorial covers: 1881, 1883, 1886, 2-1889. Lot also includes 9 other Butte City covers. City: Butte City, Silver Bow County State: M
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to 8*****w for (50.00 + 10.50) = 60.50
 
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Cascade County Postal History and Postcard Collection2224 - Cascade County Postal History and Postcard Collection
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42 total. 2 RPC's. Postmarks include 1910 Tiger Butte (1908 -1912) with multiple overlays, 1910 Sunnyside (1893-1911), very early 1912 Vaughn (o...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to h*******c for (55.00 + 11.55) = 66.55
 
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Money Order Book w/ maps of Routes2225 - Money Order Book w/ maps of Routes
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This rare find is the "Register of Advices Received of Money Orders Drawn Upon the Post Office at Corvallis, Montana." City: Corvallis ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to a****a for (100.00 + 24.00) = 124.00
 
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Ennis Postal Collection (Madison County, Montana)2226 - Ennis Postal Collection (Madison County, Montana)
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12 Total pieces from Ennis MT. Includes a 1901 letter and 5 territorials. Variety of cancels that include double circles, double circle rings, stars
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 9*****M for (55.00 + 11.55) = 66.55
 
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Fergus County Postal History and Postcard Collection2227 - Fergus County Postal History and Postcard Collection
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22 total. Postmarks include 1917 Zuley (1915-1918) (used as a forwarding cancel), very early 1914 Winifred, 1909 Natal (1905-1929), Maiden, Straw, Suf
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to h*******c for (55.00 + 11.55) = 66.55
 
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Flat Head County Covers2228 - Flat Head County Covers
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35 Flat Head County covers, best are: three Montford (1900-1910), 1908, 1909, 1910; Marion, very early, 1907; Paola, First year, 1915. Also included:
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 140.00 - 300.00
Sold to h*******c for (70.00 + 14.70) = 84.70
 
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Flathead County Postal History / Postcard Collection2229 - Flathead County Postal History / Postcard Collection
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Lot of eight. Includes the longest driving bridge in the state RPC (TRV photograph), Grand View Hotel and FL Gray Store, main street Kalispell, 1947 R
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
 
 
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Flathead County Postal History / Postcard Collection 22230 - Flathead County Postal History / Postcard Collection 2
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33 total. 6RPC's. Postmarks include 1909 Snyder (1905-1909). Strong strike. Short Period, 1910 Montford. Short third period. Other postmarks inc...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to p*****Z for (50.00 + 12.00) = 62.00
 
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Garfield County Covers2231 - Garfield County Covers
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21 Garfield county covers, best are: Hull Heights, very early, 1917; Tindal, very early, 1915. Also included: Uebra, Taylor Creek, Van Norman, McTwigg
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 60.00 - 120.00
Sold to 9*****M for (150.00 + 31.50) = 181.50
 
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Golden Valley County Covers2232 - Golden Valley County Covers
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32 Golden Valley covers, best are: O'Brien (1912-1916), received 1913; Rothiemay, early, 1906; Seventy Nine (1909-1916), early date,1910; Slayto...
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Estimates : 120.00 - 250.00
Sold to 9*****M for (110.00 + 23.10) = 133.10
 
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Great Falls Corner Advertising Collection2233 - Great Falls Corner Advertising Collection
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45 total. Please inspect lot or go online to see all items. City: Great Falls State: Montana, Date: 1890's - 1970's Inventory# 40056
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Estimates : 180.00 - 300.00
Sold to 8*****w for (50.00 + 10.50) = 60.50
 
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Great Falls Remainder Lot with Air Mail, Special Markings and Contents2234 - Great Falls Remainder Lot with Air Mail, Special Markings and Contents
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39 total. 13 air mail including 'W. D. Essential Official Air Mail' straight line, pictorial 'Plowshares Turned into Swords', Railwa...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 160.00 - 300.00
Sold to e*****r for (50.00 + 0.00) = 50.00
 
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Different Helena Postal Markings and Content2235 - Different Helena Postal Markings and Content
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15 total. Three territorial including two Helena Montano. One territorial with contents. Others include 1908 special delivery on small envelope, 1898
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Estimates : 60.00 - 150.00
Sold to 9*****M for (50.00 + 10.50) = 60.50
 
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Helena Corner Advertising Cover Collection2236 - Helena Corner Advertising Cover Collection
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80 total. 6 territorial. Almost all are different. See photographs for wide variety. City: Helena State: Montana, Date: 1880's to 1930's ...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to 8*****w for (130.00 + 27.30) = 157.30
 
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Helena, Montana Territorial Collection2237 - Helena, Montana Territorial Collection
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12 total. Includes an October 24, 1866 Motano target cancel, This was used to illustrate a type 2 cancel in Shellen & Dunn. Second Montano with ...
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8*****w for (40.00 + 8.40) = 48.40
 
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Highfield Cover with Letter2238 - Highfield Cover with Letter
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Cover postmarked Highfield, (1898-1905). Interesting letter: He is writing to a Sallie, tells her he has not heard for her mother in a long time and m
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Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to 9*****M for (40.00 + 8.40) = 48.40
 
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Hill County Covers2239 - Hill County Covers
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24 Hill county covers, best is: Shambo, very early, 1924. Also included: Simpson, Rudyard, Havre, Hingham, Box Elder, Inverness, Rocky Boy, Wheatbelt,
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Estimates : 80.00 - 150.00
Sold to 9*****M for (35.00 + 7.35) = 42.35
 
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Hill County Postal History / Postcard Collection2240 - Hill County Postal History / Postcard Collection
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5 total. 1 RPC. RPC is of a homemade wagon hauling wood pulled by four horses. This postcard has a 1909 Oldham postmark (1904-1911). Other postmarks i
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Estimates : 150.00 - 350.00
Sold to h*******c for (50.00 + 10.50) = 60.50
 
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Judith Basin County Covers2241 - Judith Basin County Covers
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43 Judith Basin County covers, best are: 2 Utica Territorial; Spion Kop (1906-1932), 1908; Stanford 1st and 2nd periods, 1891, 1910; Philbrook (1881-1
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Estimates : 210.00 - 400.00
Sold to 9*****M for (65.00 + 13.65) = 78.65
 
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Lake County Covers2242 - Lake County Covers
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37 Lake County covers, best are: Horte (1913-1920), 1915; Round Butte, 1921. Also included: Ronan, Swan Lake, Saint Ignatius, Polson, Charlo, Dayton,
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Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to 8*****w for (35.00 + 7.35) = 42.35
 
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Leadboro Montana Cover 18982243 - Leadboro Montana Cover 1898
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1898 Leadboro cover from Meagher Co MT. Post office was only open 3 years from (1898-1900). Also contains an OKA Wheatland Co cancel (1880-1923), and
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Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to T********k for (50.00 + 12.00) = 62.00
 
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Lewis & Clark County Covers2244 - Lewis & Clark County Covers
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37 Lewis & Clark County covers: Marysville Territorial, 1888 and one Marysville, 1890; Carterville Territorial, 1881-1888; Canyon Ferry Territor...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 150.00 - 350.00
Sold to 9*****M for (40.00 + 8.40) = 48.40
 
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Lewis & Clark County Postal History and Postcard Collection2245 - Lewis & Clark County Postal History and Postcard Collection
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17 total. Postmarks include 1916 Spring Creek (1914-1917), 1910 magenta Wold Creek, 1910 Austin as receiving cancel, early Riebeling, 1907 and 1909 Yo
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Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 9*****M for (30.00 + 6.30) = 36.30
 
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Pair of Liberty County, Montana Covers2246 - Pair of Liberty County, Montana Covers
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2 Liberty County covers: Selma (1912-1936), 1914; Tiber (1917-1927). City: Liberty County State: Montana, Date: Inventory# 8679
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Estimates : 50.00 - 150.00
Sold to 9*****M for (55.00 + 11.55) = 66.55
 
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Lincoln County Covers2247 - Lincoln County Covers
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24 Lincoln County covers: Warland, First Year, 1907; Stryker, early, 1913; Ural, early, 1913. Also included: Rexford, Yaak, Yaki, Trego, Troy, Fortine
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Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to 8*****w for (20.00 + 4.20) = 24.20
 
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Madison County Postal History / Postcard Collection2248 - Madison County Postal History / Postcard Collection
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29 total. 2 RPC's. Postmarks include 1908 Spanish (1901-1911), 1908 Silver Star, 1910 Rochester (1892-1918), Virginia City, Twin Bridge, Waterlo...
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Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to 9*****M for (50.00 + 10.50) = 60.50
 
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McAllister Cover Collection (Madison County)2249 - McAllister Cover Collection (Madison County)
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19 Total pieces from McAllister in Madison Co MT. The highlights are one very early manuscript, and an interesting stamp combo with and 8 and a 2. V
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 120.00 - 250.00
Sold to 9*****M for (30.00 + 6.30) = 36.30
 
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McCone County Covers2250 - McCone County Covers
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18 McCone County covers, best are: Nina ( 1914-1923), 1916; Redwater ( 1911-1928), 1912; Paris ( 1914-1937), 1916; McCone City (1935-1941), 1935; Watk
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Estimates : 70.00 - 120.00
Sold to 9*****M for (75.00 + 15.75) = 90.75
 
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Meadow Creek Collection (Madison County)2251 - Meadow Creek Collection (Madison County)
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15 Total pieces many different and mostly territorial. 5 different cancels with purple ink, double circles, and boxes. Corner cover for Gordon Bros D
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 9*****M for (75.00 + 15.75) = 90.75
 
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