Holabird presents best of the West, April 21-25
RENO, Nev. – Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC’s four-day Western Americana Auction begins today, April 21, and runs through April 24, with start times each day of 8 am Pacific time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Today’s offerings – 597 lots in all – will feature three major collecting categories: art, with just under 100 lots set to cross the auction block; Native Americana, featuring 65 lots; and the day’s star category – philatelic, with 52 lots of first day covers, 172 lots of postcards and 71 lots of stamps. Nearly 300 lots of philatelic material will be sold.
The Day 2 session, taking place Friday, April 22, will be super-busy, with categories that include jewelry, attire, bottles, toys, circus, gaming, liquor, tobacciana, menus, the entertainment industry, sports, calendars, advertisement, autographs, photography, maps, transportation, militaria, firearms and weaponry, general Americana (geographically sorted) and miscellaneous collectibles – a total of 637 lots.
A top lot in the firearms and weaponry category will be a trapdoor Springfield Model 1870 rifle, a full-length two-band musket of which only 1,000 were made. The model is recognized by the rear sight up against the receiver; the second model has the rear sight about one inch from the receiver. This would be a fine restoration project for a collector. It has an estimate of $300-$500.
Also appearing in the Day 2 lineup is an unissued Bodie Bank (Calif.) stock certificate from the 1870s, estimated at $100-$200. The Bodie Bank was formed in 1878 and was absorbed by JS Cain in 1890. Also, an ADLAKE (short for “Adams and Westlake”) non-sweating red and blue lens lamp will be offered with an estimate of $200-$300. ADLAKE did business in Chicago and Elkhart, Indiana.
Day 3, scheduled for Saturday, April 23, will also see brisk activity. The categories will include mining, fossils, minerals, tokens and numismatics – a genre which will feature bullion, ingots, coins, currency, dies, ephemera, foreign and medals and exonumia, a form of numismatics covering items other than coins and paper money, such as tokens, medals and scrip. All combined, Day 3 will present 628 lots.
One of the undisputed star lots on Day 3 promises to be the US Mint San Francisco 23.06-ounce silver ingot, 999.75 fine, with an original mint patina strong throughout. It is estimated at $5,000-$9,000. Also sold will be a circa-1890 5-cent token for the J. F. Hope saloon in Empire, Nevada, round and made of brass and estimated at $100-$200.
The auction’s final day, Sunday, April 24, will contain more than 600 lots, including stocks and bonds (mining, railroad, etc.), advertising, tobacciana, 3-D collectibles, toys and model railroading, photography, postcards, more philatelic material, stamps, stocks, maps, general Americana and the ever-popular bargains and dealer lots, which account for 388 lots alone.
Lot 4234 is a group of seven prints by the famed Western artist Charles M. Russell (American, 1864-1926), each one rolled up and with metal clasps on the top for wall hanging. Together they are estimated at $300-$400. Russell created more than 2,000 paintings of cowboys, Indians and landscapes set in the Western United States and in Alberta, Canada, in addition to bronze sculptures. He was known as “the cowboy artist.”
Also offered on Day 4 will be a group of six vintage Auto Club of Southern California maps for Bishop, Mina, Mono County, Tonopah and Goldfield, estimated at $70-$120; as well as a collection of around 350 colorful labels for large cans of jam, cherries, oats, salmon, pumpkin, figs, pears, apples, macaroni and the like, large and great for framing. The labels are estimated at $250-$400.
To consign a single piece or a collection, call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766 or email email@example.com. To learn more about Holabird Western Americana Collections, please visit www.holabirdamericana.com.
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