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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Rochester Token Group  [146098]2600 - Rochester Token Group [146098]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of five rare tokens from the Pershing County ghost town of Rochester: 1) CENTRAL SALOON / ROCHESTER, / NEV. / S.G. NIMS, // GOOD FOR / 12.5 / CEN
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to j*****d for (750.00 + 187.50) = 937.50
 
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Valley View Hotel Key Tag  [143982]2601 - Valley View Hotel Key Tag [143982]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Valley View / Hotel / 127 / Tonopah, Nev. Brass, rd., holed, 38 mm. Date: Country (if not USA): State: Nevada City: Tonopah Provenance: Bill
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to c********e for (60.00 + 13.20) = 73.20
 
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Wild Horse Resort & Spa Buck-A-Roo Bucks  [143818]2602 - Wild Horse Resort & Spa Buck-A-Roo Bucks [143818]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Two paper coupons, both voided, one on purple paper, another on bright green paper. See photo for design details. Extremely rare items. Date: Count
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 150.00 - 400.00
Sold to m********8 for (20.00 + 5.00) = 25.00
 
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Washoe Club Tokens  [145400]2603 - Washoe Club Tokens [145400]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Unlisted in Holabird's "Coins of the Comstock," previously unknown, from the Ron Lerch Collection. A ticket to the "Leap Year Pa...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 300.00 - 600.00
Sold to B*********g for (350.00 + 87.50) = 437.50
 
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Three Different Virginia City, Nevada Tokens  [144666]2604 - Three Different Virginia City, Nevada Tokens [144666]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 3 different. 1) T.L. James // GF / 5c / IT. Round, brass, 24mm. 2) The / Smokery // GF / 5c / IT. Round, brass, 21mm. 3) Ryan & Stenson /...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 60.00 - 100.00
Sold to b********t.. for (30.00 + 7.50) = 37.50
 
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Bowers Mansion Token  [143967]2605 - Bowers Mansion Token [143967]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Jack Haddock sites this as a very rare piece: BOWERS MANSION / NEVADA // GOOD FOR / 12.5¢ / IN TRADE; Br. rd., 21 mm. Date: Country (if not
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 500.00 - 900.00
Sold to p********n for (400.00 + 100.00) = 500.00
 
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Elko/Tuscarora Tokens  [143960]2606 - Elko/Tuscarora Tokens [143960]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of four Nevada tokens. 1) KELLEY'S PLACE / ELKO // GOOD FOR 12.5¢ / IN TRADE (center hole); Br, rd., 21 mm. 2) MAYER HOTEL CO. / ELKO...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 150.00 - 200.00
Sold to n***l for (170.00 + 37.40) = 207.40
 
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Ludwig/Mason/ Thompson Tokens  [143988]2607 - Ludwig/Mason/ Thompson Tokens [143988]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of three Nevada tokens. 1) GOOD FOR / 10¢ / AT / LUDWIG / CLUB / IN TRADE // THE BRUNSWICK-BALKE / COLLENDER / COMPY / CHECK; Br., Rd., 25
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00 - 250.00
Sold to n***l for (75.00 + 16.50) = 91.50
 
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Minden Inn/Virginia City Tokens  [143983]2608 - Minden Inn/Virginia City Tokens [143983]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of two: 1) MINDEN INN / MINDEN, NEV. // GOOD FOR / 5¢ / IN TRADE; Br., rd., 21 mm. 2) Movie token for "Virginia City", struck in...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to j*****d for (80.00 + 20.00) = 100.00
 
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White Pine/Nye County Tokens  [143962]2609 - White Pine/Nye County Tokens [143962]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of five tokens from White Pine and Nye Counties. 1) McGEARY / DUCKWATER. // GOOD FOR / 10¢ / IN TRADE; Br., rd., 21 mm. 2) KIMBERLY / CL
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00 - 250.00
Sold to d*******f for (170.00 + 42.50) = 212.50
 
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Nevada Token Collection  [143986]2610 - Nevada Token Collection [143986]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of eight Nevada tokens. 1) BELMONT BAR // GOOD FOR 5¢ IN TRADE / W; Br., rd., 21 mm (round cutout). 2) Millers: GOOD FOR / 12.5¢
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to b********t.. for (130.00 + 32.50) = 162.50
 
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Nevada Token Collection  [143987]2611 - Nevada Token Collection [143987]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of seven tokens from Nevada. 1) STAR CLUB / FALLON / NEVADA // RAIN / CHECK; Al., Sc8, 24 mm. 2) THE / OASIS / FERNLEY, NEV // GOOD FOR / 10
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00 - 250.00
Sold to b********t.. for (100.00 + 25.00) = 125.00
 
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Nevada Token Collection  [143989]2612 - Nevada Token Collection [143989]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of four Nevada tokens. 1) NELSON M. COOK / CALIENTE // GOOD FOR 5¢ / IN TRADE; br., rd., 21 mm, (round cutout). 2) V.K. JONES / OVERTON,
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 300.00 - 400.00
Sold to e********n for (150.00 + 33.00) = 183.00
 
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Nevada Token Collection  [143993]2613 - Nevada Token Collection [143993]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of four Nevada pieces. 1) Battle Mountain: GREEN / 12.5¢ / LANTERN // 12.5¢; br. rd., 21 mm. 2) GOSHUTE MER. CO. / CURRIE, NEV. //
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 300.00 - 400.00
Sold to n***l for (160.00 + 35.20) = 195.20
 
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Nevada Token Group  [146101]2614 - Nevada Token Group [146101]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of six pieces: 1) Hawthorne: GOOD FOR / 5¢ / DAVID / GRAHAM / IN / TRADE // THE / BRUNSWICK / BALKE / COLLENDER CO.; Wm, rd., 25 mm. 2) B
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to n***l for (120.00 + 26.40) = 146.40
 
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Seven Different Nevada Town Tokens  [146100]2615 - Seven Different Nevada Town Tokens [146100]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of seven tokens, several rare, from Nevada: 1) THE / OVERLAND / WONDER / NEV. // GOOD FOR / 12.5 / ¢ / IN TRADE; Br., rd., 21 mm. 2) HO
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Start Price : 300.00 | Estimate : 600.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Two Brunswick Balke & Collender Nevada Tokens  [143981]2616 - Two Brunswick Balke & Collender Nevada Tokens [143981]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of two pictorial pool table tokens: 1) Glenbrook: GOOD FOR / ONE / F.S. / JELLERSON / DRINK // THE BRUNSWICK BALKE / COLLENDER / COMPY. / CHECK;
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to l*********.. for (160.00 + 40.00) = 200.00
 
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Nevada Mine Tags  [143980]2617 - Nevada Mine Tags [143980]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of five mine tags: 1) Montgomery-Shoshone Mine (Rhyolite); 2) N.C.C. Co. (Steptoe Valley); 3) Smith Valley Mining Co. (Ludwig); 4) Anaconda Mines
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to 6****A for (85.00 + 18.70) = 103.70
 
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Washington State Town Token Collection  [143222]2618 - Washington State Town Token Collection [143222]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Large collection of over 40 tokens from various towns in Washington. Ritzville, Youngstown, Seattle, Fremont, Greenlake, Lester, Bremerton, Kelso, Co
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00 - 500.00
Sold to l*********.. for (250.00 + 62.50) = 312.50
 
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Civil War/ Hard Times Tokens & Storecards  [145488]2619 - Civil War/ Hard Times Tokens & Storecards [145488]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of six Civil War Tokens; five Hard Times tokens; and four early store cards from the 1830-1850s. Date: Country (if not USA): State: City:
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold to J********4 for (650.00 + 162.50) = 812.50
 
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Civil War Token Collection  [146115]2620 - Civil War Token Collection [146115]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of 27 civil war tokens. "C. M. Coffin Dry Goods"; Army & Navy; Not One Cent; United We Stand; Shoot Him On the Spot; Constitution...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to n***l for (425.00 + 93.50) = 518.50
 
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Civil War Token Group  [143869]2621 - Civil War Token Group [143869]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of seven civil war tokens:1862 Riker; 1862 Grand Rapids;1861 Gallt & Cole; Mittnacht's New York; Peace Forever, and others. Date: Cou...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to j*******o for (140.00 + 35.00) = 175.00
 
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Identified Maverick Token Group  [146099]2622 - Identified Maverick Token Group [146099]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Token collectors go to great lengths to find the origin of unattributed pieces. This is a lot of four identified maverick tokens: 1) Springfield, Minn
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Start Price : 150.00 | Estimate : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Navy Token Collection  [143127]2623 - Navy Token Collection [143127]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Collection of over 40 tokens and medals commemorating Naval ships. Many World War Two vintage, from ships sunk in the War. Destroyers, cruisers, relie
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 400.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to D*****6 for (1,350.00 + 337.50) = 1,687.50
 
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Southern States Token Collection  [143301]2624 - Southern States Token Collection [143301]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of over twenty tokens and metals from Southern States. Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina, Alabama, North Carolina. Ex: Ron Lerch Collection. Date
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 150.00 - 200.00
Sold to l*********r for (95.00 + 23.75) = 118.75
 
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Bawdy Tokens  [143134]2625 - Bawdy Tokens [143134]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Lot of six bawdy medals. Good for a free nude visit; good for a Peep Show; Omaha Nebraska 1899 medal for the largest; Good for one dance; Stewart &...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 400.00 - 500.00
Sold to d*******f for (90.00 + 22.50) = 112.50
 
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American "Good For" Token Reverse Collection  [142579]2626 - American "Good For" Token Reverse Collection [142579]
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Large collection of Bill McIver "good-for" categories. Hundreds of tokens with different reverses, but these reverses are specific for the...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimate : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to a********f.. for (500.00 + 125.00) = 625.00
 
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