California Gold Rush items, taxidermy, Native American, mining at Holabird's huge Dec. 9-12 auction A big four-day auction comprising about 2,500 lots in a wide range of collecting categories – to include numismatics, California Gold Rush items and mining artifacts – will be held Dec. 9-12 in Reno.
News-Antique.com - Nov 20,2016 - RENO, Nev. – A big four-day auction comprising about 2,500 lots in a wide range of collecting categories – to include numismatics, California Gold Rush items and mining artifacts – will be held December 9-12 by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, online and in the firm’s gallery located at 3555 Airway Drive (Ste. 308) in Reno. The auction is titled Americana Safari.
In all, 29 collecting categories will be featured in the auction. These will include gaming, tokens, autographs, taxidermy, ivory items, firearms, militaria and related items, Western cutlery (from circa 1855 to circa 1880), antique bottles, maps, railroadiana, watches and jewelry, currency and scrip, Native American artifacts, cowboy items, stamps and postal history, original art and more.
The California Gold Rush collectibles, from the 1840s and 1850s, will include an 1856 Vigilance Medal that’s expected to realize $25,000-$35,000, rare Clipper cards and an 1848 solid brass belt buckle, made and engraved for a Philadelphia man who left the city that year to capitalize on the Gold Rush by forming a new company in California. The buckle was a farewell gift from friends.
The mining artifacts, which will include maps and stocks relating to the California Gold Rush, will also feature carbide underground mining lamps, teapot lamps, stocks and ephemera – a major collection that could fill a truckload and is being sold at public auction for the first time.
Numismatics will feature gold tokens, a collection of Mexican coins in Brilliant Uncirculated condition, dies, and thousands of pieces from the American Numismatic Association, including the largest collection of badges (gold, silver and bronze), medals and ephemera ever offered. The trove includes three of four known ANA badges from the organization’s inaugural year of 1915.
Antique bottle collectors will be pleased with a selection that includes some historical flasks, a fresh-to-the-market blue Bodie soda bottle, about two dozen additional rare Western sodas, a few Western whiskeys, some colored Nevada drug store bottles, bitters bottles and other rarities.
Gold and silver enthusiasts will be treated to a major collection of gold nuggets and specimens, Comstock gold and silver specimens, silver ingots and medals, to include a major collection of hundreds of large silver medals, mostly art medals from various organizations and created for their aesthetic beauty, not for currency, typically only sold within the numismatic community.
Gaming collectibles will feature rare chips, a pre-1910 roulette table from Virginia City, Nevada and ephemera. Tokens, most of the m Western, will include the last of the Swoboda Montana Collection, some major California pieces (including Bodie) and Alaska nugget and gold tokens.
The largest Native American section Holabird Western Americana Collections has had in a decade will be up for bid, with items including rugs, baskets and hard goods. The cowboy category will be large as well and will include a major collection loaded with spurs, bits, saddles, leather goods and ephemera. Maps will feature a collection of Gold Rush-era Western maps.
The taxidermy selection is certain to excite bidders and hard-core Man Cave