Mining collectibles, antique bottles, gold, silver, coins and more at Holabird's April 28-30 auction A 3-day auction comprising nearly 1,800 lots in many collecting categories – including mining collectibles, old bottles, postal history, Wells Fargo Express, gold and silver - will be held April 28-30
News-Antique.com - Apr 17,2017 - RENO, Nev. – A big three-day auction comprising nearly 1,800 lots in a wide range of collecting categories – to include mining collectibles, old bottles, postal history, Wells Fargo Express, gold and jewelry, coins and currency, toys, cowboy and Indian, firearms and more – will be held April 28-30 by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, online and in the firm’s Reno gallery.
The gallery is located at 3555 Airway Drive (Ste. 308). For those unable to attend the auction in person, internet bidding will be available via the platforms iCollector.com, Invaluable.com, Auctionzip.com, eBay Live and AuctionMobility.com (specifically for iPhone users). Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Start times all three days will be 8 am Pacific Coast Time.
The auction is titled Dynamite, Guns and Gold, but that only scratches the surface. The mining collectibles alone (Part 2 of a major collection; Holabird sold Part 1 in December) will take up a good part of the April 28th session, with enough quality items to fill an auction all by themselves. Also sold that day will be Wells Fargo Express, railroad items and postal history – 659 lots in all.
“The mining collectibles, Part 2 of what we’re calling The Great American Mining Collection, features some of the rarest and most important items of their type ever sold at auction,” said Fred Holabird of Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC. “The 300 or so different miners’ candlesticks are easily the finest public offering of uniquely American candlesticks in history.”
The sheer volume of the offering, Holabird said of the miners’ candlesticks, is sure to stimulate new collectors in what he called a “once in a lifetime opportunity.” The lots have been roughly organized around Wilson-Bobrink, the breakthrough reference on miners’ candlesticks. In it, people can find new discoveries, personalized sticks and expanded discussions about manufactured sticks.
The mine carbide collectibles comprise yet another collection that is so massive they can’t all be contained in this auction; the carbides will be sold in June (Part 3). The April sale will whet bidders’ appetites, with some large hand-held lamps and a sampling of other lamps. The June auction will contain superintendent-style hand/hanging lamps and cap lamps, relating to carbide/acetylene devices.
The session will also feature miners’ safety lamps, an historic invention creating generations of scientific devices used for all-important gas detection; hundreds of miners’ oil wick lamps, all different; other underground mining devices, to include a vast collection of foreign lamps; and a significant collection of over 100 blasting cap tin boxes – singles as well as original boxes’ full.
There is also a wonderful collection of very “showy” wood blasting and candle boxes, with great variety, from explosives boxes to cap boxes to candle boxes, and a number of the smaller, 25-pound boxes. Also sold will be a fine collection of Western and international mine bell signal signs and other mining enamel signs; three 19th century mining equipment patent models; 18 different blasting machines, and more.