Wigwam Auction--March 2019

Auction Details

"A Celebration of Our Great Basin Native American Heritage"

Featuring the Moe Royels Great Basin Wigwam Collection plus two other important Native American Collections

The sale of the Moe And Mary Royels Wigwam Café Collection and the Great Basin Collection is a true celebration. The items within the collections reflect the very rich history we have here in this unique place we call the Great Basin.
Moe Royels was born in Montana in 1940. The family moved to Nevada when Moe was only three months old. He grew up in Wadsworth and Fernley and was in the Army from 1959-1961. Moe married Mary in 1964 and the pair opened the Dainty Cone in Fernley and immediately started displaying their Indian Artifact collection. As an exploration geologist during the 1970’s and early 1980’s the Dainty Cone was always a place to grab a hamburger and have fun looking at the artifacts. In 1984, the place was remodeled into the Wigwam Café. Along the way there were more remodels, finally ending up with massive display cases throughout the restaurant showing off the collection. Meanwhile, across the street, another parallel collection had developed over time which also went on public display, today known as the “Great Basin Collection.”

Moe was a fanatic fan of the Nevada desert communities. It seems everyone for about 100 miles around had been touched in some way by Moe. When he died in 2014, hundreds attended his memorial celebration, from Nixon to Fallon.

The Wigwam Collection is a fantastic array of Native American collectibles, art and artifacts. A number of the items (dresses) were made especially for Mary Royels and few for Moe generally by local Paiute friends. The collections include some fabulous Baby Baskets, beaded baskets, spectacular art depicting early man in the Great Basin by renowned artist William A. Moore, and stone artifacts. A large collection of moccasins is also a part of the collections. The stone projectile point collections are probably the largest offering of Great Basin points ever made, reflecting over fifty years of collecting.

Sixth generation Paiute basket weaver Norm Delorme has helped identify basket makers. Norm and I have also written several essays regarding the collections and cultural losses. We encourage you to read and digest them, creating thoughtful discussion, not only of cultures past, but cultures present. We also have a discussion of recent regulations regarding collection, especially NAGPRA. During the entire process of cataloging, we found a trade organization dedicated to preserving cultures and the ethics of collecting, ATADA, and we joined.

Two other important collections round out this large Native American offering: a wonderful collection of choice Native American art and a massive collection of vintage Native American post cards. In the latter category, we are only offering a part of the collection in this sale, with more to come in May and perhaps the following sale, date to be determined. (maybe July).

* A huge Mining section featuring another selection of rare mining stock certificates from the Ken Prag Collection plus mining artifacts, books, & other ephemera

*Numismatics: medals and so-called dollars from the Salvatore Falcone Collection, dies & other collectibles from the Northwest Territorial Mint, and US & foreign coinage.

*Bottles: California & Nevada sodas, Nevada medicines, rare Nevada whiskies, and more.

*General Americana feat. US directories, documents, photos, hard goods, and more with a focus on the Western States. Also non-mining stock certificates from the Prag Collection & ephemera from the Joe Elcano Nevada History Collection.

*Railroad, Auto. & Transportation Company stocks from the Prag Collection

*A Bargains & Dealer Specials section featuring larger groups ideal for resale and entry-level collectibles in many categories.

Auction Schedule

Day 1, March 7th, 2019 (Lots 1000-1534)
*Numismatics (1000-1285)
Books (1000-1006)
Checks (1007-1017)
Coins (1018-1046)
Dies (1048-1105)
Ephemera & Collectibles (1106-1115)
Medals (1116-1155)
So-Called Dollars (1156-1264)
Tokens (1265-1285)
*Bottles (1286-1451)
*Saloon (1452-1461)
*Cowboy (1462-1496)
*Firearms & Weaponry (1497-1523)
*Gaming (1524-1534)

Day 2, March 8th, 2019 (Lots 2000-2686)
*Bargains & Dealer Specials (2000-2113)
Ephemera & Collectibles (2000-2069)
Stock Certificates (2070-2113)
*General Americana (2114-2664)
Advertising & Apparel (2214-2129)
Art (2130-2141)
Books & Directories (2142-2195)
Calendars (2196-2204)
Entertainment Industry (2205-2216)
Ephemera & Collectibles (2217-2499)
Gold Rush (2500-2507)
Political (2512-2522)
Military (2523-2546)
Postal History (2547-2555)
Wells Fargo & Express (2556-2570
Silverware/Flatware/Spoons (2575-2586)
Non-Mining Stock Certificates (2587- 2656)
Misc. incl. Toys, Worlds Fair (2657-2664)
*General Foreign (2665-2686)

Day 3, March 9th, 2019 (Lots 3000-3575)
*Art (3000-3052)
*Native Americana Part I (3053-3575)
Art (3053-3197)
Apparel (3198-3223)
Gloves (3224-3235)
Moccasins (3236-3279)
Accessories (3280-3304)
Jewelry & Trade Beads (3305-3361)
Artifacts (3362-3544)
Pipes (3545-3551)
Dies (3552-3554)
Baby Baskets (3555-3575)

Day 4, March 10th, 2019 (Lots 4000-4731)
*Native Americana Part II (4000-4301)
Pottery (4000-4011)
Baskets (4012-4140)
Dolls (4141-4155)
Books (4156-4170)
Ephemera & Collectibles (4171-4248)
Photographs (4249-4272)
Postcards (4273-4291)
Rugs/Weavings (4292-4301)
*Transportation (4302-4546)
*Railroad (4547-4731)

Day 5, March 11th, 2019 (Lots 5000-5592)
*Minerals (5000-5013)
*Mining (5014-5592)
Artifacts & Assay (5014-5035)
Books (5036-5049)
Ephemera & Collectibles (5050-5113)
Explosives (5114-5123)
Maps (5126-5140)
Mine Lighting (5141-5151)
Signs (5162-5167)
Spoons (5168-5180)
Mining Stocks (5181-5592)

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Washita Cattle Co. Bond  (89110)2650 - Washita Cattle Co. Bond (89110)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
#639 $1000 6% bond with 2 coupons. Vignette of cattle with K brands. Washita is the area where the Custer/Black Kettle battle occurred. Some toning D
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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
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Washington Stock Group (8)  (90601)2651 - Washington Stock Group (8) (90601)
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Gold Bar Mining-1" tear, Ainsworth Mining, Commercial Electric & Power, Republic Con Gold Mining, Ambassador Mines, Tenino Little Rock Oil,...
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Estimates : 120.00 - 150.00
Sold to l*******c for (60.00 + 15.00) x 1 = 75.00
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Republic of China Gold Loan Bonds (10)  (100024)2652 - Republic of China Gold Loan Bonds (10) (100024)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
10 orange Republic of China 6% 2 year secured gold loan treasury note of 1919. Edge wear and tears. Date: 1919 City/County: State: China
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (5,250.00 + 1,312.50) x 1 = 6,562.50
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1876 Centennial Expo Stock Certificate  (75240)2653 - 1876 Centennial Expo Stock Certificate (75240)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is the original very large certificate for 5 shares to Robert A. Cline in the Capital Board of Finance. Exceptionally outstanding engraving by Bu
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Start Price : 400.00 | Estimates : 800.00 - 2,000.00
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Food Related Stocks (23)  (89814)2654 - Food Related Stocks (23) (89814)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Approx 23 food related stocks, several with interesting vignettes. American Grocers Society, Pasta King, National Alfalfa Dehydrating and Milling, Car
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Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
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General Stocks (10) and Stock Reference Book  (89901)2655 - General Stocks (10) and Stock Reference Book (89901)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Hardcover Historic Stock Certificates by Braun. 100 assorted stocks-Northern Liberties Gas Co, Maryland Trust, Bay State Steamboat, Tamarack and Chesa
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Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
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Publishing Stocks Collection (26)  (90613)2656 - Publishing Stocks Collection (26) (90613)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
26 assorted and mostly different publishing stocks. Peel Elder, United Editors Assoc, Engravograph, Columbia Sterling Publishing, Pocket Books, Draper
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Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Sold to d******H for (50.00 + 12.50) x 1 = 62.50
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Assortment of Child's Chemistry Set with Gene Autry Toy Gun  (61242)2657 - Assortment of Child's Chemistry Set with Gene Autry Toy Gun (61242)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1)This is the first toy pistol that looked like a pistol. This is the first model cap gun by Gene Autry. Is has a simulated pearl handle. Good conditi
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Estimates : 80.00 - 100.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (40.00 + 10.00) x 1 = 50.00
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Charlie Weaver Bartender Doll  (56253)2658 - Charlie Weaver Bartender Doll (56253)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is a vintage 1960's bartender doll. Charlie was everyone's favorite bartender that could shake a cocktail for your pleasure. This is a ...
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Estimates : 50.00 - 75.00
Sold to n********s.. for (25.00 + 6.25) x 1 = 31.25
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Vintage Doll Heads and Doll in Dress  (58854)2659 - Vintage Doll Heads and Doll in Dress (58854)
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1) Two identical vintage doll heads, c. 1860's, possibly Alt, Beck & Gottschalk who made bisque and china shoulder head dolls for companies ...
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Start Price : 150.00 | Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
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