Western Trails & Treasures Auction (February 2022)

Auction Details

Welcome to our Western Trails & Treasures Premier Auction, our first auction of 2022!

Our February sale includes items from many important collections, including: the Ron Lerch Western Directory Collection; Joe Elcano Nevada Collection; Ken Prag Railroad Stock Collection; Bill McKivor Mining, Numismatic, & Americana Collection; Stuart MacKenzie Montana Collection; and the Salvatore Falcone Collection, all supplemented by world-class great rarities from other private collections.

Ron Lerch Western Directory Collection Part II

In our December 2021 auction, we began to offer the Ron Lerch Collection of Western Directories, a major historic and all-important reference material collection. And we set world records!

Now we're thrilled to offer the second part of this collection, an exciting group of a few hundred directories. Some of the key pieces in this sale include: Gold Rush-era directories from Nevada City/Grass Valley (1856), Marysville (1853 and 1855), Sacramento, and San Francisco (1854); Truckee & Lake Tahoe (1883 and 1884-85); Placerville (1862) and Placer County (1861); a number of different Sacramento directories; rare railroad directories (Central Pacific 1872 and Northern Pacific Railway 1883); a Portland, Oregon group; California Bay Area; and other Western states including Colorado, Nevada, and Utah, plus a number of very rare multi-county and Pacific Coast 19th-century directories.

Directories are considered “primary source” material, and as such are essential in aspects of historical research!

Joe Elcano Nevada Collection Part II

We're thrilled to continue to sell rare items from Joe Elcano's collection, one of the best Nevada collections we've offered.

This sale features Part II of his Nevada Stock Collection, including a whole new batch of Nevada territorials, plus Joe's Nevada History Libraries. Key Nevada history references include three ultra-rare Nevada directories: 1868-69, 1871, and 1907-08. Joe loved to research the stories behind the historic documents in his collection, and these libraries were invaluable resources for him, as they will be for new Nevada collectors and historians.

We'll begin offering Joe's Nevada Postal History Collection later this year, as well as more rounds of Nevada mining stocks. Stay tuned!

Railroad & Steamer Passes

This sale features over 150 lots of railroad and steamer passes, always a big hit with our collectors! This is one of the largest offerings we've had in years, with pieces coming from five or six private collections. Have your own collection you're considering selling? Contact us!

Numismatics

In addition to more Nevada tokens and medals from the Bill McKivor Collection, our Numismatics section features: a large ingot collection, including an early San Francisco US Mint ingot and mining-related ingots; US & world coins and coin jewelry; medals and so-called dollars; scrip and ephemera incl. a Carson City Mint coin bag; and California tokens.

Stocks/Bonds feat. Railroad Proofs & Specimens

In addition to Nevada mining stocks from the Joe Elcano Collection, our Stocks & Bonds section includes more air, auto, and railroad rarities from Ken Prag's Collection, as well as ultra-rare proof and specimen railroad stocks and bonds from a private collection, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! And don't miss fun groups of stocks we've sorted based on their vignettes and design.

Stuart MacKenzie Montana Collection

The MacKenzie Montana Collection continues, with hundreds of lots of historical Montana documents and ephemera. Included in this sale are rare ledgers and archives from historical Montana businesses and mining companies, plus several hundred checks, including many with imprinted revenue stamps.

General Americana

Our General Americana section is large and diverse, with rare documents, photographs, and ephemera from Western states, as well as sub-categories including Gaming, Bottles & Saloon, Jewelry, Badges, Furnishings (incl. Staffordshire Transferware), and a Musical Instruments section with cellos, violins, and more!

Art

Our Art section includes paintings and prints from artists such as: Craig Sheppard, F.W. Trautwein, Ernest Narjot, G. Harvey, and Thomas Kincaid. Also, beautiful Victorian Era lithographs, Hanna-Barbera animation cells, and more.

Native Americana

Highlights include a Pacific Northwest Totem Pole (15 foot), c1880-1900; Washoe and other baskets; Santo Domingo Pueblo and Randall Blaze pottery; arrowheads; and rare ephemera incl. an 1890s License to Trade with Indians.

Militaria & Political Collectibles

This section features a large group of Civil War and other military knives, plus rare military and political certificates, WWI & II posters, Stanislaw Toegel Anti-Nazi Cartoon Prints, Thomas Mooney Propaganda, political autographs, and more.

Minerals & Mining

Minerals, gems, and fossils, plus mining ephemera incl. Tombstone/Comstock Engraved Steel Anvil Ceremonial Bookends, as well as Montana and Nevada documents and mining publications.

Railroadiana

In addition to railroad and steamer passes and stock certificates & bonds, our Railroadiana section includes badges, lock keys, lanterns, a Carson & Colorado Lock & Key, and rare maps and ephemera.

Bargains & Dealer Specials

Be sure not to miss our Bargains & Dealer section on Day 4, which includes both entry-level priced collectibles and larger groups ideal for resale. Includes General Americana, Stocks & Bonds, and Numismatic goodies!

Make sure to use the Keyword search tool to find items in your collecting areas across the four auction days.

As usual, our team is happy and ready to answer questions. Please feel free to call or email our office.

And please continue to bring us those great collections for 2022! Yours could be the next world record!

--Fred Holabird & Team--

Auction Schedule

Day 1, Thursday, February 24th, 2022 (Lots 1000-1620)
General Americana (1000-1620)
Geographically Sorted (1000-1284)
General Books (1285-1311)
Gaming (1312-1322)
Saloon & Brewing (1323-1357)
Jewelry (1358-1378)
Furnishings (1379-1413)
Musical Instruments & Memorabilia (1414-1448)
Model Train & Car (1449-1472)
Badges (1473-1513)
Miscellaneous (1514-1620)

Day 2, Friday, February 25th, 2022 (Lots 2000-2626)
Stocks & Bonds (2000-2325)
Mining (2000-2133)
Railroad & Transportation (2134-2292)
Misc. (2293-2325)
Numismatics (2326-2626)
Currency, Scrip, & Ephemera (2326-2351)
Ingots & Bullion (2352-2397)
Coins (2398-2483)
Medals (2484-2538)
Tokens (2539-2626)

Day 3, Saturday, February 26th, 2022 (Lots 3000-3596)
Minerals & Mining (3000-3120)
Directories feat. Ron Lerch Collection Part II (3121-3487)
Militaria & Political (3488-3596)

Day 4, Sunday, February 27th, 2022 (Lots 4000-4625)
Art (4000-4074)
Native Americana (4075-4103)
Transportation (RR, Steamer, Auto, Air) (4104-4321)
Railroad & Steamer Passes (4104-4256)
Ephemera & Artifacts (4257-4321)
Bargains & Dealer Specials (4322-4625)
General Americana (4322-4408)
Stocks & Bonds (4409-4541)
Numismatics (4542-4625)

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Vintage Self Heating Iron Trio  [145593]1598 - Vintage Self Heating Iron Trio [145593]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 3 vintage self heating irons, circa 1920s-30s. 1.) Coleman Self-Heating Gasoline Iron Model No. 4A. Comes with original paperwork! Measures abo
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Woman's Vintage Eclectic "Print" Collection  [143810]1599 - Woman's Vintage Eclectic "Print" Collection [143810]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Group of books and magazines aimed at women clients, late 1800's to early 1900s. Includes: Modern Priscilla embroidery magazine (several); Woman...
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Estimate : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to d*******f for (120.00 + 30.00) = 150.00
 
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Rare Collectible Items-Three (3)  [146812]1600 - Rare Collectible Items-Three (3) [146812]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Trio set of three rare, and separate items being offered as a set. 1) Vintage M.M. Fleron & Son Official Boyscout Signaler Radio Blinker Telegra...
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Estimate : 120.00 - 150.00
Sold to j*****0 for (40.00 + 8.80) = 48.80
 
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Drafting Tools  [143909]1601 - Drafting Tools [143909]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a lot of misc. drafting tools, including four compasses and varied attachments. These tools are still used by architects, artists, and hobbyis
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Estimate : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (25.00 + 6.25) = 31.25
 
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Keuffel & Esser Transit in Original Wood Case  [146171]1602 - Keuffel & Esser Transit in Original Wood Case [146171]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Keuffel & Esser (K&E) surveying transit, model P5137, SN 136307, in its original wooden carrying case. This is a precision piece of optical ...
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Start Price : 250.00 | Estimate : 500.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Zeiss-Jena Refractometer in Original Wood Case  [146176]1603 - Zeiss-Jena Refractometer in Original Wood Case [146176]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Optical Refractometer made by Carl Zeiss Jena (then East Germany). Has seen heavy use, needs cleaning, and is probably best suited for historical disp
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Estimate : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to j*****0 for (160.00 + 35.20) = 195.20
 
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Bausch & Lomb Abbe Refractometer  [146170]1604 - Bausch & Lomb Abbe Refractometer [146170]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Bausch & Lomb Abbe Refractometer in original wooden case in working condition. A refractometer measures the ability of a liquid to bend (refract...
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Estimate : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to d*******f for (130.00 + 32.50) = 162.50
 
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Bausch & Lomb Microscope in Original Case  [146172]1605 - Bausch & Lomb Microscope in Original Case [146172]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Bausch & Lomb microscope in original wooden case. Cast metal frame pivots at the base for easy viewing, 10x eyepiece, 4mm 43X objective, 16mm 10...
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Estimate : 140.00 - 200.00
Sold to j*****0 for (50.00 + 11.00) = 61.00
 
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Ernst Lietz Wetzlar Microscope in Original Box  [146174]1606 - Ernst Lietz Wetzlar Microscope in Original Box [146174]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Ernst Lietz Wetzler professional-grade microscope, No. 386481, with numerous accessory optics including two 10x, one 12x, one 15x eyepieces; one each
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Estimate : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to r********e.. for (170.00 + 42.50) = 212.50
 
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Oil-Immersion Microscope in Original Wood Case  [146175]1607 - Oil-Immersion Microscope in Original Wood Case [146175]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Research-level, solid metal microscope, Compacta brand, SN 840238, with coated optics, quadruple turret; five objective lenses: 4x, 10x, 40x, and a 10
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Estimate : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to r**4 for (250.00 + 62.50) = 312.50
 
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Microscope Boxes-2, and Assort. Hobby Lenses  [146177]1608 - Microscope Boxes-2, and Assort. Hobby Lenses [146177]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two wooden microscope boxes, empty, and a bundle of Edmund Scientific optics. Box 1 is made from a light-colored wood, approx. 8.25 x 14 x 9 inches, a
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Start Price : 40.00 | Estimate : 80.00 - 160.00
 
 
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Lietz Theodolite TM-1A in Original Case  [146173]1609 - Lietz Theodolite TM-1A in Original Case [146173]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lietz Sokkisha TM-1A 1-second optical theodolite in its original orange heavy-duty case with carrying strap. SN 2144. Once owned by National Oceanic a
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Start Price : 500.00 | Estimate : 1,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Australia, New Zealand, & Fiji Travel Brochures  [134469]1610 - Australia, New Zealand, & Fiji Travel Brochures [134469]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 9. 1) Australia. Five pieces: two Greeting Cards with accordion-style foldouts of pictures; brochure, "Australia, Sunshine Land;" p...
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Estimate : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to w********b.. for (50.00 + 12.50) = 62.50
 
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Conservatoire African Mardi Gras Poster, 1900  [146327]1611 - Conservatoire African Mardi Gras Poster, 1900 [146327]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Conservatoire Africain ouvre de creches, mardi gras. Original exceptionally colorful poster 17.5 x 31.5" c 1900. Date: Country (if not USA):...
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Estimate : 400.00 - 800.00
Sold to c******y for (100.00 + 25.00) = 125.00
 
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Canadian 1880 Pocket Diary (1)  [143245]1612 - Canadian 1880 Pocket Diary (1) [143245]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 1. Canadian Pocket Diary for 1880, published by Brown Brothers, Toronto. Leather cover, 3 1/4" x 4 3/4". Includes many pp of han...
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Estimate : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to T*****2 for (150.00 + 37.50) = 187.50
 
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Hotel Registry, Lethbridge, Alberta  [145353]1613 - Hotel Registry, Lethbridge, Alberta [145353]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Hotel Registry for the Windsor Hotel in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Lists the date, guest name, assigned room number, and time of arrival, written in
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Japanese Empire Philips Imperial Map   [146360]1614 - Japanese Empire Philips Imperial Map [146360]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Booklet that opens up into a huge map of the Japanese Empire with Central and Southern Manchukuo (Manchuria) measuring approximately 2 feet by 3 feet.
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Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to M****z for (50.00 + 12.50) = 62.50
 
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Pre-WW II Japanese & Chinese Travel Promo Ephemera  [134452]1615 - Pre-WW II Japanese & Chinese Travel Promo Ephemera [134452]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 11. 1) Two copies of a c.1938 promo magazine, "Japan," full of B&W pictures and some color illustrations of scenic and tourist ...
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Estimate : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (225.00 + 56.25) = 281.25
 
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Philippines Travel Ephemera  [134468]1616 - Philippines Travel Ephemera [134468]
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Lot of 5. 1) Rare Official Program for the Philippine Carnival held in 1910 in Manila. 80pp. with advertisements. 2) Port Manila, Trade Center of the
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Estimate : 120.00 - 300.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (8,750.00 + 2,187.50) = 10,937.50
 
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Autographed Signed Letter from N Lewis, 1826  [145289]1617 - Autographed Signed Letter from N Lewis, 1826 [145289]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Letter from N. Lewis to James Wilson, Esq, dated 1826, requesting payment. Lewis appears to have been a tailor to Mr. Wilson. Letter very legible.
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Estimate : 100.00 - 300.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (30.00 + 7.50) = 37.50
 
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Autographed Signed Letter by William Pitt to the Duke of Portland, 1796  [145089]1618 - Autographed Signed Letter by William Pitt to the Duke of Portland, 1796 [145089]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Original handwritten letter by William Pitt to the Duke of Portland, England, dated January 1, 1796. Sent from Wimbledon. Writing faded and hard to
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Estimate : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to u********y.. for (140.00 + 35.00) = 175.00
 
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The London Chronicle (Newspaper), 1758  [127565]1619 - The London Chronicle (Newspaper), 1758 [127565]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Vol. III, No. 182, February 25-28, 1758. 8pp. 11.5 x 8" News from London, Ireland, and one paragraph report from Charleston, South Carolina. Am...
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Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (50.00 + 12.50) = 62.50
 
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East India Company Handwritten Document  [140541]1620 - East India Company Handwritten Document [140541]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Beautiful handwritten document from the East India Company. It is a payment for 50 pound sterling. The paper is dated August 31, 1801. It measures 1...
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Estimate : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to a*******s for (150.00 + 37.50) = 187.50
 
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