Gone West

Holabird Western Americana Collections' huge, 4,000-lot Americana auction, July 11-15, is a veritable cornucopia of summer collectibles.

Gone West

 Everything good about summer collectibles – mining artifacts, all elements of Western history, manuscript archives, antique bottles and marbles, rare stocks and bonds, gold, numismatics and much more – will be packed into Holabird Western Americana Collections’ five-day, 4,000-lot Americana Auction, planned for Thursday thru Monday, July 11th to 15th.

Mobiloil Gargoyle porcelain double-sided lollipop petroliana sign with original heavy lead base, a genuine early 1900s piece in all original condition, overall 54 inches tall (est. $1,700-$2,700).
Mobiloil Gargoyle porcelain double-sided lollipop petroliana sign with original heavy lead base, a genuine early 1900s piece in all original condition, overall 54 inches tall (est. $1,700-$2,700).

“With 4,000 lots in a wide array of categories, bidders will have plenty of material to look over,” said Fred Holabird of Holabird Western Americana Collections. “Don’t forget the search box for the ‘Virtual Catalog’ on our website. It helps folks find things they want in a hurry. But there’s nothing like surfing through the catalog to find all sorts of neat items they hadn’t thought about.”

Archive of material pertaining to Sally Gear, an original member of the Mormon Church, with Emigrant Trail and Gold Rush correspondence, plus more, 1829-1880s (est. $3,000-$7,000).
Archive of material pertaining to Sally Gear, an original member of the Mormon Church, with Emigrant Trail and Gold Rush correspondence, plus more, 1829-1880s (est. $3,000-$7,000).

The manuscript archives include that of a Mormon family and their trials and tribulations over several decades, from Nauvoo to Salt Lake and back to the East Coast; an archive from Nevada engineer John Heizer; a scrapbook from promoter Tex Rickard; early Arizona military letters; a pair of 1860s maps showing the exact locations of original abodes in Los Angeles; and more.

Gold plated six-point sheriff’s badge from Inyo County, California (est. $400-$1,000).
Gold plated six-point sheriff’s badge from Inyo County, California (est. $400-$1,000).

Mining collectibles, to be spread out over Days 3 and 4, will feature more than a dozen ore cars. And an ornately engraved presentation silver chalice from Grass Valley – a “must-have” for any mining or California collector. Antique and vintage bottles will include many examples from California and Nevada, as well as a rare ceramic series of cat house decanters split up by region.

Leaf native gold specimen with pin back, 8.4 grams, engraved on back “Dorothy Gillis Queen 2 Ann’l Mining / CE Lee”. CE Lee was a Placer miner in Plumas Cty., Calif. (est. $1,000-$2,000).
Leaf native gold specimen with pin back, 8.4 grams, engraved on back “Dorothy Gillis Queen 2 Ann’l Mining / CE Lee”. CE Lee was a Placer miner in Plumas Cty., Calif. (est. $1,000-$2,000).

A marble collection will be offered along with the bottles on Day 2. The Western Art section, on Day 1, is huge, with art in every category. Old stocks and bonds will feature a Chinese bond collection; Arizona material (including 1850s Sopori and 1860s Gold MC, Picacho); and from California the Bear River piece that preceded the Tuolumne stock, with a nice mining vignette.

Chinese government bond no. 829213, 5 percent reorganization gold loan for £100 Sterling. Hongkong and Shanghai Corp. in London, dated May 21, 1913, with COA (est. $1,500-$2,500).
Chinese government bond no. 829213, 5 percent reorganization gold loan for £100 Sterling. Hongkong and Shanghai Corp. in London, dated May 21, 1913, with COA (est. $1,500-$2,500).

Numismatics, on Day 2, will have a little of everything related to coins and currency, with lots of scrip, tokens, medals and two fabulous gold fakes (one was unknown, the other well published). There’s also a great strong box to put it all in. The gold will feature high-grade ore specimens from two major collections (Heizer, mostly Nevada-Calif.; and Pollock, mostly Alaska, Utah).

Small Acme Breweries TA (San Francisco) wooden beer barrel, 19 inches by 16 inches, with a nice dark patina (est. $300-$500).
Small Acme Breweries TA (San Francisco) wooden beer barrel, 19 inches by 16 inches, with a nice dark patina (est. $300-$500).

Day 1, Thursday, July 11th (lots 1000-1776) will contain Part I of General Americana, plus apparel, jewelry, art, furnishings and décor, Native Americana, general foreign collectibles, sports, entertainment industry collectibles, music-related lots, political and military collectibles.

Standard Talking Machine Model A phonograph, untested, circa 1910, crank-operated, with wooden case and metal speaker horn, suitable as a display item (est. $500-$1,000).
Standard Talking Machine Model A phonograph, untested, circa 1910, crank-operated, with wooden case and metal speaker horn, suitable as a display item (est. $500-$1,000).

The General Americana on Day 1 can be broken down into the following categories: advertising, badges, belt buckles, breweriana and tobacciana, circus collectibles, fire-related, Gold Rush, license plates, locks and keys, microscopes, scales, tools, toys, dolls and miscellaneous items.

Rare, possibly unique stock certificate for the Picacho Silver Mining Company of Arizona, dated March 12, 1866 for 120 shares, issued to Wm. W. Shepard, with signatures (est. $2,000-$3,000).
Rare, possibly unique stock certificate for the Picacho Silver Mining Company of Arizona, dated March 12, 1866 for 120 shares, issued to Wm. W. Shepard, with signatures (est. $2,000-$3,000).

Day 2, Friday, July 12th (lots 2000-2670) will comprise Part II of General Americana (sorted by geography). Categories will include bottles, brothel, cowboy, gaming, saloon, tokens, weaponry, numismatics and marbles. 

Four framed signs from the Mammoth Mine in Utah, dating from around 1910 to the Great Depression era (est. $500-$1,000).
Four framed signs from the Mammoth Mine in Utah, dating from around 1910 to the Great Depression era (est. $500-$1,000).

Day 3, Saturday, July 13th (lots 3000-3855) will be dedicated to minerals and Part I of mining collectibles (California-Nevada). Mining Part II (New Jersey to the end) will be offered on Day 4, Sunday, July 14th (lots 4000-4808), along with transportation, railroadiana, postal history and Wells Fargo & Express.

Stock certificate for the Sopori Land and Mining Company dated May 1, 1858 for 25 shares, issued to Samuel Pratt, with signatures of trustees and company treasurer (est. $2,100-$3,500).
Stock certificate for the Sopori Land and Mining Company dated May 1, 1858 for 25 shares, issued to Samuel Pratt, with signatures of trustees and company treasurer (est. $2,100-$3,500).

Finally, Day 5, Monday, July 15th (lots 5000-6487) will be loaded with bargains and dealer specials, in categories that will include art, bottles, Civil War, general Americana, mining, Native Americana, numismatics, railroadiana and transportation.

Native American jewelry consisting of a sterling silver squash blossom necklace, 18 inches long, a pair of earrings and a pendant to match. Made in New Mexico in the 1980s (est. $300-$500)
Native American jewelry consisting of a sterling silver squash blossom necklace, 18 inches long, a pair of earrings and a pendant to match. Made in New Mexico in the 1980s (est. $300-$500)

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