Holabird explores Western Trails & Treasures in Feb. 24-27 auction
RENO, Nev. – Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC’s first major auction event of 2022 will be a four-day Western Trails & Treasures Premier Auction scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, February 24-27. Nearly 2,500 lots will cross the auction block. Start times on all four days will be 8 am Pacific time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Day 1, Thursday February 24, will be dedicated to general Americana. Categories include general books, gaming, saloon and brewing, jewelry, furnishings, musical instruments and memorabilia, model trains and cars, badges and geographically sorted lots.
Day 1 highlights include a LaFemme branded ladies’ gold watch, marked “14k gold” on the back of the watch case, estimated at $2,000-$5,000, and an English Staffordshire Delft blue and white transferware jug, which is personalized with a name and date painted in cursive on the side: “Jane Bigwood / Feb. 24th, 1817.” Its estimate is $2,000-$4,000.
Day 2, Friday February 25, will feature stocks and bonds in the categories of mining, railroad and transportation, and also numismatics, to include currency, scrip and ephemera; ingots and bullion; and coins, medals and tokens. More than 625 lots will come up for bid on that day.
Expected Day 2 star lots include an Engelhard silver ingot, produced in 1970 or 1971, serial number 03018, marked “16.075 oz” (which equates to exactly 500g, or ½ kilo in ozt. specification.) The ingot carries an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.
Day 3, Saturday February 26, will boast nearly 600 lots of minerals and mining material; directories, including Part 2 of the Ron Lerch collection; militaria and political memorabilia. Top lots will include a copy of Brown & Dallison’s Nevada, Grass Valley and Rough and Ready Directory (Calif.), with ads, compiled by Nat P. Brown and John K. Dallison (San Francisco.) It is estimated at $3,000-$6,000.
Also up for bid will be an unmarked T. A. Potts (New Orleans) Civil War Confederate bayonet, about 17in long overall and lacking a scabbard, but with a very sharp blade. It is estimated at $4,500-$6,000. Another standout is a scarce set of 25 Hitleriada Furiosa and Hitleriada Macabra cartoon prints from 1946 by Stanislaw Toegel, poking fun at German Nazis, which were compiled and published in limited quantities by Antoni Markiewicz. The set of prints is estimated at $3,500-$6,000.
The auction’s final day, Sunday February 27, will feature art, Native Americana, transportation memorabilia (railroad and steamer passes, ephemera and artifacts) and bargain and dealer specials that will include general Americana, stocks and bonds and numismatics – a total of 625 lots on Day 4.
Art will be led by an original oil painting by Ernest Narjot, titled The Grandchildren. It depicts three children, is signed and dated 1865, and is estimated at $5,000-$15,000. Also compelling is a Western cowboy hunting scene by F. W. Trautwein, painted in 1972 and titled on the frame, Meat’s Not Meat Til It’s In The Pan. It shows a scene of a cowboy who has just shot a mountain sheep, and it is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
Other Day 4 highlights will include a circa 1880-1900 Pacific Northwest totem pole measuring 15ft tall and containing six figures. It might be from the Puget Sound region and the Shomamish Clan, which used owls at the tops of their totems. Its estimate is $5,000-$10,000. Equally compelling is an artisan pot by Montana artist Randall Blaze (b. 1949-), titled Shields and decorated with turquoise-colored enamel dots for stars, multi-colored buffalo and striking gold lightning bolts. It carries an estimate of $4,000-$8,000.
To consign a single piece or a collection, you may call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766, or email email@example.com.
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