At the Chicago ANA convention I had a nice chat with Fred Holabird of
Holabird's Western Americana Collections. Here's an excerpt from the flyer advertising his upcoming sale. There are some tasty treats for the numismatic bibliophile, city and other directories for the numismatic researcher, and tokens, scrip and ingots for the advanced collector. I added some photos from the catalog. Neat stuff.
September 13-15, 2014
The sale features some of the rarest and most desirable of Western Americana, and Americana in general. Several major collections combine to offer some of the best material offered at public sale in decades. Among the collections from which we have drawn for this auction are the Bill Burger Collection, Ken Prag Collection, two impressive Colorado Collections and more, including the families of artists, mine owners and others. Many of the items are coming to auction for the first time.
Various Railroad Directories (Poor’s etc); Mining Equipment directories, various, 1879-1922; Steamboat Directory 1856; Newspaper directories 1870’s; Express Directory 1860; Shippers Guide 1870; Jewelry dealers 1884; Masonic directories
Exploration guides for the California gold rush; Exploration guides for Pikes Peak (Colorado) gold rush; Exploration guides for Idaho mines (1860’s); Numismatic: Eckfeldt (1850 and 1851 editions); Arizona historical suite, including Mowry, etc; History of Idaho Territory 1884; Banditti of the Plains 1894 (cattleman’s war); Yellowstone 1868; Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde 1893; Illustrations of Colusa Co., Cal 1880; Olive Oatman bio and original CDV;
This is one of the best rare ingot sections for public auction ever assembled. It includes several Western Assayer ingots, the very best of the collectible ingots: Theall (1869); Ruhling (1869, presentation to William Sharon); Riotte, Mathey, Kustel (1880); Presentation ingots: Ruhling to Sharon (1869); Mine Ingots: Gould & Curry (1904); Cerro Gordo, Vic Bernard (c1868-1875); Union Mine, Cerro Gordo (c1868-75); Austin or Eureka (c1890); Gould-Tylor, Salvage Mine (Downieville, c1900, gold ingot). Post-1900 American ingots (more than 200!): Mine ingots: Homestake; Idaho mines; Cripple Creek; Leadville; Tombstone; others. Refinery ingots: many different. Commemorative ingots dating from the 1940’s. US Mint ingots: San Francisco, others.
The rare Texas 1839 Fantasy Piece (Ford)
The two California gold rush Eckfeldt volumes (1850 with original packet of California gold dust) and the 1851 volume with more illustrations of the Private issues.
Scrip and Checks
Clark Gruber checks; Colorado Scrip
(about 500!): California, including the rare Bodie Delury & Garcia: Nevada – many ghost towns and saloons, including two different from Palisade American Saloon Tokens from all over!
Australian Gold Rush token
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