Holabird’s July 11-15 Americana Auction in Reno is packed with collectibles in many categories

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Rare, possibly unique stock certificate for the Picacho Silver Mining Company of Arizona, dated March 12, 1866 for 120 shares, issued to Wm. W. Shepard, with signatures (est. $2,000-$3,000).
Holabird Western Americana Collections

Everything good about summer collectibles – mining artifacts, all elements of Western history, manuscript archives, antique bottles and marbles, rare stocks and bonds, gold, numismatics and much more – will be packed into Holabird Western Americana Collections’ five-day, 4,000-lot Americana Auction, planned for Thursday thru Monday, July 11th to 15th.

The auction will be held online and in Holabird’s gallery located at 3555 Airway Drive (Suite #308) in Reno. Start times each day are 8 am Pacific time. Previews will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, July 9th-10th, from 10 am-5 pm. To schedule a private preview call 775-851-1859.

For those unable to attend the sale in person, online bidding will be facilitated by iCollector.com, LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, AuctionMobility.com and Auctionzip.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted. For details on how to bid, please visit www.fhwac.com.

“With 4,000 lots in a wide array of categories, bidders will have plenty of material to look over,” said Fred Holabird of Holabird Western Americana Collections. “Don’t forget the search box for the ‘Virtual Catalog’ on our website. It helps folks find things they want in a hurry. But there’s nothing like surfing through the catalog to find all sorts of neat items they hadn’t thought about.”

The manuscript archives include that of a Mormon family and their trials and tribulations over several decades, from Nauvoo to Salt Lake and back to the East Coast; an archive from Nevada engineer John Heizer; a scrapbook from promoter Tex Rickard; early Arizona military letters; a pair of 1860s maps showing the exact locations of original abodes in Los Angeles; and more.

Native American jewelry consisting of a sterling silver squash blossom necklace, 18 inches long, a pair of earrings and a pendant to match. Made in New Mexico in the 1980s (est. $300-$500).
Holabird Western Americana Collections

Mining collectibles, to be spread out over Days 3 and 4, will feature more than a dozen ore cars. And an ornately engraved presentation silver chalice from Grass Valley – a “must-have” for any mining or California collector. Antique and vintage bottles will include many examples from California and Nevada, as well as a rare ceramic series of cat house decanters split up by region.

A marble collection will be offered along with the bottles on Day 2. The Western Art section, on Day 1, is huge, with art in every category. Old stocks and bonds will feature a Chinese bond collection; Arizona material (including 1850s Sopori and 1860s Gold MC, Picacho); and from California the Bear River piece that preceded the Tuolumne stock, with a nice mining vignette.

Numismatics, on Day 2, will have a little of everything related to coins and currency, with lots of scrip, tokens, medals and two fabulous gold fakes (one was unknown, the other well published). There’s also a great strong box to put it all in. The gold will feature high-grade ore specimens from two major collections (Heizer, mostly Nevada-Calif.; and Pollock, mostly Alaska, Utah).

Day 1, Thursday, July 11th (lots 1000-1776) will contain Part I of General Americana, plus apparel, jewelry, art, furnishings and décor, Native Americana, general foreign collectibles, sports, entertainment industry collectibles, music-related lots, political and military collectibles.

Small Acme Breweries TA (San Francisco) wooden beer barrel, 19 inches by 16 inches, with a nice dark patina (est. $300-$500).
Holabird Western Americana Collections

The General Americana on Day 1 can be broken down into the following categories: advertising, badges, belt buckles, breweriana and tobacciana, circus collectibles, fire-related, Gold Rush, license plates, locks and keys, microscopes, scales, tools, toys, dolls and miscellaneous items.

Day 2, Friday, July 12th (lots 2000-2670) will comprise Part II of General Americana (sorted by geography). Categories will include bottles, brothel, cowboy, gaming, saloon, tokens, weaponry, numismatics and marbles.

Day 3, Saturday, July 13th (lots 3000-3855) will be dedicated to minerals and Part I of mining collectibles (California-Nevada). Mining Part II (New Jersey to the end) will be offered on Day 4, Sunday, July 14th (lots 4000-4808), along with transportation, railroadiana, postal history and Wells Fargo & Express.

Finally, Day 5, Monday, July 15th (lots 5000-6487) will be loaded with bargains and dealer specials, in categories that will include art, bottles, Civil War, general Americana, mining, Native Americana, numismatics, railroadiana and transportation.

“With thousands of lots in a vast array of categories, we highly recommend browsing the entire catalog for hidden gems in each section,” Mr. Holabird said.

This auction is one of two events planned for July by Holabird Western Americana Collections. The other is a major single-owner antique firearms sale slated for July 26-28, in Claremont, Oklahoma. Also featured will be Americana, to include medals, badges, ribbons, buttons (old sports included) and a huge Native Americana collection, with points, stone tools and pottery.

Color catalogs are available by calling 1-844-492-2766, or 775-851-1859. Also, anyone owning a collection that might fit into an upcoming Holabird Western Americana Collections auction is encouraged to get in touch. The firm travels extensively throughout the U.S., to see and pick up collections. Last year it visited Boston, Florida, Seattle and New York, among other destinations.

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