Holabird to offer 4,300+ lots of Americana in Dec. 5-9 auctions  


Early Native American squash blossom necklace, double-strand sterling with spider web turquoise stones set in a leaf design, 32in long. Estimate: $750-$1,500. Holabird image

RENO, Nev. – A five-day Holiday Treasures Auction packed with more than 4,300 lots in a wide array of collecting categories – including  Western Americana, railroadiana, gold, minerals, music memorabilia, mining, art, Native Americana, militaria, aviation, postal history, coins, tokens and more – will be held Thursday thru Monday, Dec. 5-9, by Holabird Western Americana Auctions. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Day 1, Dec. 5, will be the sale’s busiest day, in terms of the sheer number of categories. These will include art, militaria, Native Americana, firearms and weapons, general Americana, autographs, antiquarian books, bottles, clothing, comic books, cowboy collectibles, ephemera, entertainment industry, furnishings, 3D items, gaming, jewelry, maps, music and photography.

An early Native American squash blossom necklace (above), double-strand sterling with spider web turquoise stones set in a leaf design, 32 inches long, is expected to reach $750-$1,500. Also, a stock certificate for Edison Phonographs Ltd. (below), issued on April 5, 1922, to Henry Lanahan for one share and signed by Thomas Edison himself, as president, carries an estimate of $2,000-$4,000.


Stock certificate for Edison Phonographs Ltd., issued on April 5, 1922 to Henry Lanahan for one share and signed by Thomas Edison, as president. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Holabird image

Also offered on Day 1 will be political memorabilia, postcards, saloon/beer/tobacco, spoons, tools, toys, Wells Fargo/Express, World’s Fair/Expositions, coins and tokens. An expected top lot is a reference library of 70 volumes of the world’s military fighting ships, published by Fred T. Janes beginning in 1898 thru 2002 and still a standard reference today (est. $12,000-$20,000).


Reference library of 70 volumes of the world’s military fighting ships, published by Fred T. Janes beginning in 1898 thru 2002. Estimate: $12,000-$20,000. Holabird image


An original oil on board sign for the world-famous Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada, dated 2003 and signed by the artist (“Miss Kitty”, who worked in the kitchen), 43½ inches by 48 inches (sight, no frame), should bring $1,000-$2,500. Also, an original, one-of-a-kind printing plate for the Adams Express Co. of California Gold Rush fame, engraved in 1860 by J. Garcide (New Jersey) and printed by National Bank Note Co. (New York) should make $1,000-$3,000.


Original oil on board sign for the famous Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada, dated 2003, signed by the artist ‘Miss Kitty,’ 43½in x 48in, no frame. Estimate: $1,000-$2,500. Holabird image

The Red Dog saloon sign is one of eight in the auction. “The archive of Red Dog signs is from the very beginning of the psychedelic era of rock ’n’ roll,” said Fred Holabird, the owner of Holabird Western Americana Collections. “The Red Dog Saloon is where it all happened.”

Holabird added that the Red Dog signs are just part of the “killer stuff” in the auction, adding, “With over 30 collecting categories, there really is something for everybody, at affordable prices. You won’t find Van Goghs or Picassos or other items reserved for the elite. It’s a sale for every collector in America, with rare and wonderful items across the board – just no $100,000 pieces.”

Other Day 1 highlights will include a quadruple silverplated coffee urn by Wilcox with two elk side mounts and an engraved elk on the front, plus a matching engraved elk tray with inscription (est. $800-$1,500); a rare blue and gray $2.50 early chip from Harrah’s Club of Reno and Lake Tahoe (est. $800-$1,200); and a giant boxful of Shazam comics, all no. 1-28 (est. $500-$1,000).


Quadruple silver-plated coffee urn by Wilcox with a matching engraved tray. Estimate: $800-$1,500. Holabird image

Day 2, Friday, Dec. 6, will feature stocks and bonds (mining stocks, petroliana stocks and other stocks), railroadiana, transportation, minerals and mining – 737 lots in all. The expected star lot of that session is a 4.51 troy ounce gold nugget from the Atlin mining district, just east of Skagway in Yukon, Alaska. The 2½-1½-inch gold nugget should fetch $9,000-$14,000.


Gold nugget from the Atlin mining district, just east of Skagway in Yukon, Alaska, 2½in x1½in. Estimate: $9,000-$14,000. Holabird image

Day 2 stock certificates will include a rare certificate issued by the Wells Fargo Mining Co. (Virginia District, Nev.), for 20 shares of capital stock dated Jan. 15, 1876 (est. $1,000-$4,000); and an equally scarce certificate for the Humboldt River Gold & Mining Co. (Humboldt County, Nevada) for 240 shares, issued on Dec. 18, 1866, with signatures and vignettes (est. $500-$1,000).

Day 3, Saturday, Dec. 7, will contain 957 lots of art, militaria, Americana, antiquarian books, bottles, clothing, cowboy, ephemera, fire, entertainment industry, fraternal organizations, furnishings and 3D items, gaming, maps, photography, political, postcards, saloon/beer/tobacco, signs, spoons, tools, toys, Wells Fargo/Express and World’s Fair and Expositions and foreign.

Day 3 star lots will include a 30-by-22-inch print by Joe Kline, of Col. James Morehead, the highly decorated World War II flying ace, in his P-40 Warhawk plane, in battle over Darwin, Australia, with a note personally autographed by Col. Morehead (est. $100-$175); and a group of circa 1890s Wells Fargo, California, covers, nine pieces in all, to include postmarks from San Francisco, Oroville, San Jose and Stockton, Calif. One of the covers is blank (est. $140-$200).

Day 4, Sunday, Dec. 8, will have Native Americana, minerals, mining, numismatics, tokens, postal history, sport and transportation – 750 lots in all. Fun lots will include a pair of sealskin “muklucks,” Pacific Northwest in origin, with pink and green beads and seal fur trim (est. $100-$200); and a pair of circa 1950 Sugar Ray Robinson children’s boxing gloves made by Sport Fun, in like-new pristine condition (est. $50-$100).

Day 5, Monday, Dec. 9, will conclude the event with 1,227 lots of stocks and bonds, automobilia, aviation, industrial, mining, petroliana, railroadiana, transportation and other. The session will feature stock certificates for the Little Corinne Consolidated Mining Co. in Leadville Colorado, dated June 16, 1880, for 100 shares (est. $100-$200); and Nevada Blue Ridge Mining Co. in Elko County, Nevada, dated Feb. 15, 1881, for 100 shares (est. $120-$200).

Start times each day are 8 a.m Pacific time/11 a.m. Eastern.