RENO, Nevada – Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC is gearing up for a massive three-day auction on December 1, 2 and 3, which is packed with over 2,200 lots of Rail Passes, Express collectibles, western and postal history, mining memorabilia, rare bottles, Americana and more, online and in the Holabird Gallery located at 3555 Airway Drive (Suite 308) in Reno.
The start times for all three days will be 8 a.m. PT. Online auctions will be offered by the iCollector.com, Invaluable.com, eBay Live and Auctionzip.com platforms. Offers by telephone and correspondence will also be accepted. A virtual catalog of the sale in its entirety, including all the lots, is in place and online, on www.fhwac.com. Viewers can “browse” each page and also perform keyword searches.
The Friday, December 1 session will kick things off with 735 sets of tokens, numismatics, railroadiana, Wells Fargo and other Express, mining collectibles, postal and philatelic history, and games. Railroadiana will offer passes, book stocks and other ephemeral documents, including a rare personalized leather pass for the London & North Western Railroad from 1912 (estimated between $ 500 and $ 1,000).
Numismatics will include coins, checks, currency, medals and “so-called” dollars. A key lot is the beautiful 1902 $ 10 plain-backed note from 1911 for the First National Bank of Ukiah in Mendocino County, Calif. (Estimated between $ 2,000 and $ 4,000). A Plumas Eureka Mine Employee’s Token in Johnsonville, Calif., A rare token from a famous mine, is expected to cost between $ 400 and $ 1,200.
Wells Fargo, American Express, and other Express are extremely popular. A large 60-piece archive of early Adams Express articles, mostly from the 1860s and 70s, has a modest estimate of $ 300 to $ 700. In the games category, a collection of 75 billiard pieces and billiard hall ephemera from the early 1900s, including Brunswick-Balke-Collender Co. items, is expected to fetch $ 200-400.
Mining collectibles will include durable goods (such as candlesticks and signs), books, inventory, and other ephemeral documents, including a large (22 inch by 34 inch) map of the claims of the Rawhide mining district. (Nev.), Printed by Sierra Engineering and courtesy of Nevada. Mining News, both in Reno (estimated between $ 500 and $ 1,000). The Philatelic and Postal History category will feature a 19-page 1860 report from the 36th US Congress, 1st Session; the object: California stagecoach courier (estimated between $ 60 and $ 100).
Day 2 – Saturday, December 2 – will feature 44 lots of rare and vintage bottles, including a fifth of Barney Schow (Willits, Calif.) Amber whiskey, in mint condition, never in the ground (est. $ 300- $ 500). General Americana, comprising 656 lots, will feature jewelry, art, World’s Fair and exhibits memorabilia, political articles, atlases, Black Americana, fire and more. An in-game photo of Babe Ruth with her weak signature should cost $ 4,000 to $ 8,000.
A group of photos and other fire related items – a highlight being the dozen black and white photos on fabric backing, depicting products made by Fire Extinguisher Mfg. Co. (Chicago) is expected to bring in $ 1,000 to $ 2,000. Foreign collectibles will include a set of four maps, circa 1867-1870, one from the world and three from various South American countries (est. $ 1,000 to $ 2,000).
Day 3 – Sunday December 3 – will end in full force and will feature 167 bundles of firearms and weapons, including ammunition, pistols and revolvers, rifles and shotguns, swords, scabbards, katanas and mayflies. The Colt Frontier .45 Caliber, Large Frame, Double Action Double Action Revolver with a Bird’s Head Grip, made in 1886 and featured most of its original Colt bluing (valued at $ 3,500 to $ 3,500). $ 5,500) is something to watch out for.
Another category that collectors can’t seem to get enough of is military items and war collectibles. The prizes will represent multiple conflicts, such as Civil War and Civil War, War, Spanish-American War, and World Wars I and II. The set of ten Civil War 1861-1864 campaign cards are sure to attract attention, all multi-colored two-truck battle cards (valued between $ 500 and $ 1,000).
Native Americana will be filled with 361 lots of Alaskan wares (including ivory), artwork, baskets, beads, rugs and weavings, jewelry, kachinas, spikes and stone artifacts (including a large collection from Georgia) and pottery. A second phase Navajo chief’s blanket, made by Navajo weaver Albert Jackson (near Cove, Ariz.), Circa 1850s, framed, is expected to fetch between $ 10,000 and $ 20,000.
The cowboy category will contain leg warmers, saddlebags, saddles, spurs and other items. A framed oil portrait of Pawnee Bill (Major Gordon Lillie, who hosted a Wild West Show with his wife), circa 1880s, is estimated at between $ 2,000 and $ 4,000. In taxidermy, a North American Elk shoulder mount, photographed in Canada in the 1960s by geologist Tony Payne, is expected to cost between $ 1,000 and $ 2,000.
Color catalogs are available upon request, by calling toll-free at 1-844-492-2766 or 775-851-1859. In addition, anyone with a collection that may be part of an upcoming Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC auction is encouraged to contact us. The company travels a lot across the United States, picking up collections. He has been to Boston and New York, among others, this year.
Holabird Western Americana is always on the lookout for quality shipments of bottles, advertisements, Americana and parts for future auctions. To consign a unique piece or collection, you can call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766; or, you can email him at [email protected] Find out more about the Holabird Western Americana auction visit from December 1 to 2 www.fhwac.com.
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