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
wide variety of medicines, sodas and milk bottles (the Arizona collection); some rare Nevada items (a small Nevada collection, with more coming in June); some outstanding Western whiskey rarities, not often seen at auction; and a collection out of Leadville Colorado, featuring medicines and soda bottles, nearly every specimen dead mint.
The large collection of material pertaining to postal history and Wells Fargo Express – surefire crowd pleasers in a popular collecting category – plus railroad items, will round out the session.
On Saturday, April 29th, collectors panning for gold will have many opportunities. Lots will feature nuggets from Western sites and high-grade visible gold in ore specimens from major Nevada mining districts (to include Austin and Tuscarora). Jewelry and watches will include a collection of pocket watches, diamond jewelry pieces and gold and Native American jewelry.
The numismatics category (coins and currency) will be led by an 1869 Unionville, Nevada presentation silver ingot, a major Morgan dollar collection (including varieties), U.S. coins (including gold), a U.S. $20 gold note in AU condition, hundreds of U.S. proof and mint sets, fun U.S. currency collectible lots, so-called dollars and gaming items, and a nice variety of tokens.
Toy collectors will be pleased to see a nice selection of trains (including HO sets, more than 60 engines), hundreds of Hot Wheels and other cars, military toy planes, toy boats, original boxed models and more. Documents will feature mining stocks and other great material, rare Western maps, a beautiful Virginia & Truckee Railroad document collection, lots of other key pieces.
The Saturday session will be rounded out by firearms and militaria, to include more than 100 antique firearms and overall a wide variety of collectible firearms, including rarities. The militaria category will have some swords and helmets, with additional pieces coming in June.
The Sunday, April 30th session (529 lots) will be dedicated to cowboy and Indian and Western research. The cowboy collectibles will include some great spurs, including a silver inlay Garcia. The Western research portion will consist mainly of key books and a dozen rare directories.
Coming in June (or later, dates and times to be announced) will be a great Western antique bottle collection, which will be offered in a sale held in conjunction with the Reno Antique Bottle Show, June 16th; about 800 different and highly collectible swords, one of the best collections in America; and, of course, more from the Great Mining Collection (Part 2 of carbide lamps, oil wick lamps, more).
Also on the way is the Appalachian Gold Belt Collection, featuring America’s first gold discoveries dating to 1828 and the finest collection of documents in private hands (this may be a stand-alone sale); plus a special offering of mining properties in Colorado, with fee-simple patented claims in a major gold district, where early gold exploration has produced specimens.
Color catalogs are available on request, by calling toll-free, 1-844-492-2766, or 775-851-1859. Also, anyone owning a collection that might fit into an upcoming Holabird Western Americana Collections sale