RENO, Nev. – Nearly 2,500 lots were offered at Holabird Western Americana Collections’s massive four-day Western Trails & Treasures Premier Auction, held February 24 through 27.
Highlights from Day 1, which took place Thursday, February 24, included a lot of five publications relating to Philippines travel ephemera, all from the first half of the 20th century. A key example in the quintet was an 80-page official program for the Philippine Carnival held in Manila in 1910; the lot sold for $10,938.
Also sold on Day 1 was a Staffordshire blue and white ironstone transfer foot bath and pitcher set made by an unknown craftsman, which realized $2,625, and an Independent Oil ceramic enameled sign in red, white and black, which rose to $875.
Star lots from Day 2, Friday, February 25, included a San Francisco Mint silver ingot, .999 fine and weighing 6.61 oz., which sold for $7,230 and showed the old style, pre-World War II logo of the Mint of San Francisco. Another winner was a men’s ring of one troy ounce of solid 14K gold that carefully held a 1/3 Stater gold coin from the sixth century BCE. It realized $3,250.
Also performing well were a collection of 35 brilliant uncirculated Benjamin Franklin half-dollar coins, dated 1948-1963 and housed in a Capital Plastics holder, which achieved $1,438; and a lot of three tokens from the Bullfrog, Nevada mining district (example: “Mountain Bell Club, Rhyolite, Nev., Good for 12.5 Cents in Trade”), which changed hands for $2,250.
A final strong lot from February 25 was a scarce 19th-century Central Pacific Railroad (California) specimen stock certificate for $100 par shares, with a vignette at the bottom of three allegorical females. It went for $750.
The Day 3 session, held Saturday, February 26, was distinguished by an 1853 copy of Hale and Emory’s Marysville City (California) Directory with residents alphabetically listed by occupations and addresses, plus businesses. It achieved the sum of $9,150.
The auction’s final day, Sunday, February 27, featured art, most notably a classic Western cowboy hunting scene painted by F. W. Trautwein in 1972. Titled Meat’s Not Meat Til It’s In The Pan, it depicts a cowboy who has just shot a mountain sheep and is contemplating the challenge of how to transform it into dinner. The work sold for $1,875. Nothing could be found regarding F.W. Trautwein, or anyone of a similar name in Falk, but the quality and skill of the rendering of the horses and the man was excellent.
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