October Auction

October Auction

  • July 30, 2019
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Auction Date

The live auction will be held at the Holabird Office at 3555 Airway Drive – Suite #308, Reno, NV 89511.

Friday-Monday, October 4-7, 2019

Beginning at 8am pacific time each day

 

Lots can be previewed in person the day before the auction or by appointment.

Virtual Catalog

Please note below is a virtual copy of the printed catalog. For the most current up to date photos, descriptions, and current bid information or prices realized please view our live online catalog. Click here for the online catalogs.

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Welcome to our Fall Season Second-Chance Sale!  If you missed any of our 2019 sales, now is your second chance to fill the holes in your collection.

Petroliana, Aviation, WWII, Art, Native Americana, Railroadiana, The Ken Prag Collection,  The Virginia & Truckee Railroad Depot Collection,  The Danforth WWII Aviation Collection, Mining, Minerals and Gold!  And much more!

Once again we are offering an incredible selection of rarities covering a broad range of collecting categories, featuring hundreds of new items such as mineral, ore and high-grade gold specimens with runaway potential for gold collectors. We are offering  another group of new offerings from Ken Prag’s world-class stock certificate collection, with 1850s and 1860s rare western mining stocks with such incredible vignettes, artwork and colors that they considered cataloguing them with the fabulous selection of artwork we have in this sale.  Other items include new Native American silver and turquoise jewelry with vintage pieces from famous Navajo, Hopi and Cherokee artisans, some incredibly rare antique Petroliana and vintage Service/Gas Station signage, authentic Railroadiana and mining artifacts directly from the old Virginia and Truckee Railroad Depot in Virginia City, Nevada, a handful of gorgeous, mint condition cigar box labels from the famous Alexander Bellanova Collection, and more.

In this auction we are honored to present for the first-time a remarkable collection of WWII Aviation Memorabilia compiled by a lifetime enthusiast, Robert Wayne Danforth, a man who lived life to the fullest until his untimely death in 2003 at the age of 44. Robert was a well-rounded man: Vice President of a healthcare company, a devoted family man, advanced professional diving instructor, expert skier, herpetologist, gourmand and falconer, but perhaps his greatest passion was aviation. He became hooked as a child when his toy-salesman father took him to Osh Kosh to demo his model airplanes. There he learned to identify planes from the sound of their engines; on some level, they spoke to him.  As Robert Danforth grew, so did his passion and his interest in aviation soon included pilots as well, particularly the heroic aviators of WWII due to their skill, audacity and gallantry.  Because Robert understood there was very little time to interact with these aging Aces before they were gone, he set out to meet and talk to pilots and aviation artists and read all he could about air battles and sorties.  He poured over aviation catalogs…… and he plunged.  Because of his passion and enthusiasm, in just a few years Robert Danforth amassed an impressive collection of special aviation art, autographed and remarqued, as well as books, model airplanes, photographs and a treasure trove of memories, which we are proud to represent in this catalog.   Robert Wayne Danforth’s Aviation Collection is being offered for the first time to other collectors, who will hopefully enjoy owning a piece of this renaissance man’s lifelong passion.

As promised, this sale has a nice group of items from Pierce Powell’s Collection from the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Depot stockpile!  We decided to start off with some of the most collectible Petroliana Signage we’ve ever offered, including pieces so rare that collector’s have been waiting for them to appear on the market for over a decade, like the 5 to 6’ brand name gasoline signs from the 1920s-1930s.  Sticking to the same theme, we put in some old, hard-to-find road signs, some unique due to their original location and guide information, like one from California Automobile Club we know auto enthusiasts and sign collectors are going to like.  This first batch from the V & T Depot is just the tip of the iceberg.  Pierce Powell has amassed such an eclectic stockpile that it’s going to take two to three sales for us to lots together all the categories represented.  Another lot herein offers some antique cast iron theatre seating from the Virginia City Theatre where Humphry Bogart and number of other famous stars attended a premier event in the 1930s. Powell’s collection has something for everybody so stay tuned to see what comes out of the old V&T Depot next.

Last but not least we are pleased to offer over 100 prized items from the Fred Holabird Collection.  Fred has been a well-known Appraiser and Auctioneer with over 30 years of expertise in Western Americana collectibles, with an emphasis on mining, minerals, gold, coinage, ingots, tokens, stock certificates, railroads, bottles and just about anything old, rusty, dug from the dirt, or found in an attic somewhere west of the Mississippi.  Fred has appraised some of the most valuable western collections in both public and private holdings, published over a dozen books, articles and papers, researched and sold as least a half a million pieces of the past,  and produced over 100 world-class catalogs filled with never-before researched history and considered key reference works for dealers and collectors world-wide.  Fred is widely regarded as world renowned expert in his field and despite his best efforts, over his career he has amassed his own modest, but impressive collection of rare and unique pieces he just could not resist, along with his own family heirlooms and childhood treasures that first sparked his interest in antiques, geology, and collectible Americana.   Collectors have seen some of Fred’s personal items pop up in his auctions from time to time, but after cleaning out his own attic, Fred (Robin) is finally ready to lighten his load.  This noteworthy sale includes a large group from the Fred Holabird Collection that seasoned collectors and dealers have been waiting to snatch up for decades!  Some of Fred’s prized bottles and rare documents are worthy of special mention, but of everything in Fred’s collection, it is his personal reference library that deserves the most attention.  Over his career Fred Holabird has earned national and international attention for groundbreaking historical discovers, which he has shared with the world through lectures, interviews and his published work.  He is credited with solving hundreds of histories mysteries and uncovering key details about America’s past, through his extensive expertise in research and unconventional methods of piecing stories together. With his educational background in geology, Fred applies a scientific thought process to his research work, and through his field work he identifies invaluable sources of information, sometimes never before referenced.  With a natural tenacity about finding answers, since high school he has been compiling some of the most valuable reference works extant for mining and western American historical research.  Fred’s library has been his most valuable asset throughout his career, second only to his brilliant mind.  For advanced researchers and those passionate about knowing the truth of our past, this sale will be a landmark event.   Many of his books are extremely rare and hard-to find, while others are relatively unknown and of little use to the general public.  Wherever you see “The Fred Holabird Collection”  in this catalog, you may want to take a closer look, because even items that appear common at first glance are sure to have value, rarity or significant importance, if they belonged to Fred Holabird.

In addition to the new collections presented, October’s sale is your second chance to bid on select items from the incredible Wigwam Collection of Native Americana, a colorful, tapestry of hand-woven rugs and other textiles made by skilled  Afghani, Persion, Serougen Indian, Pakistani, Armenian and other artisans from the early to mid 1900s out of the Ben-Tcahvtchavadze Collection, the last of the beautiful, rare antique marbles from the Stephen Harman Collection,  two remaining one-of-a-kind, museum worthy Ordovician Era fossils from the Houghton Estate Collection, and finally the last batch in the building from the massive Brian Thaler Postcard Collection we’ve lotted in mixed groups with rarities and early gems hidden in every lot.  Rather than “Second Chance”, this could be your LAST Chance to pick up a piece from these great collections.

Dealers do not want to skip over the re-listed items as many will not be available after this event.  Also, we’ve once again devoted a special section to Dealers filled with specials and great bargains we’ve lotted specifically with re-sellers in mind.  Lots in this section cover a wide variety of collectible categories with selections of items with good resale potential grouped together and estimated low, so there is high profit potential for Dealers who sell the items individually.

All in all this October sale represents an opportunity that many advanced collectors, researchers and historians may never see again.

October’s event is filled with great new offerings, and this auction is scheduled right on time to give yourself or the Collector in your life a little piece of history for the holidays.

2019 July Americana Auction

2019 July Americana Auction

  • June 20, 2019
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Western Americana * Mining Collectibles * Railroadiana * Postcards * Wells Fargo & Postal History * Stock Certificates from the Magnificent Ken Prag Collection * Bottles * Marbles * Tokens * Cowboy Collectibles * Native Americana * Art * Bargains & Dealer Specials

Auction Date

The live auction will be held at Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno Thursday through Monday,  July 11-15 beginning at 8am pacific daylight time each day.

Lots can be previewed in person by appointment or at the HWAC office on Tuesday & Wednesday July 9th & 10th from 10am-5pm

Virtual Catalog

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DID YOU KNOW?

Most auction lots open for bidding at half the low estimate! Many times they open even lower than that! These price reductions are done live on the podium and are available only to bidders who participate live! So log on during the live sale or come see us at our gallery in Reno to score some really great bargains and grow your collection today!

Have questions about a lot or its condition?

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J.M. Davis Foundation Antique Firearms Auction

J.M. Davis Foundation Antique Firearms Auction

  • April 30, 2019
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MORE THAN 2300 ANTIQUE FIREARMS

Kentucky Rifles * Jaegers * Mausers * Early Marked US  Makers * German Guns

NO RESERVES

Auction Date

The live auction will be held at the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum on Friday, Saturday & Sunday July 26, 27, & 28th, 2019

 

The J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum is located at:

330 N J.M Davis Blvd, Claremore OK 74014

 

Lots can be previewed in person at the J.M. Davis Museum on Wednesday & Thursday July 24-25.

Welcome to our JM Davis Firearms Sale

The JM Davis Firearms Museum in Claremore Oklahoma is the largest firearms museum in the world! In celebration of fifty years of existence, we’ve been asked by the JM Davis Foundation to auction the antique guns and firearms that were a part of JM Davis’ private collection, occupying a store room for over fifty years. Proceeds from the sale directly benefit the long term curation and maintenance of the collection.

Working with the Museum staff, Foundation, and Commission that governs the Museum, we mutually  decided to hold the auction at the Museum itself. This is an important decision because it will potentially bring hundreds of enthusiasts and collectors to Claremore to see the museum and have a chance at buying one of JM Davis’ personal collectibles.

The goods in the sale have been under lock and key for 50-59 years. The Museum holds approximately 14,000 antique guns and firearms, representing virtually every aspect of this part of world history. These items represent an entire genre of inventions, from hunting to target shooting competitions to weaponry, virtually from the earliest inventions such as cross bows to early flint-lock guns and rifles.

We welcome all of you to come visit the Museum and chat with fellow collectors and enthusiasts. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The JM Davis Museum is a wonderful historical representation of antique weaponry. The 40,000 square feet of displays show off the wide variety of firearms and their incremental development through time. There are also displays of some of the most famous weapons owned by criminals and lawmen, and also the macabre….

 

Federal Firearms Laws and Regulations

We would like to use this opportunity to help teach collectors about Federal Firearms laws and regulations. In this changing legal landscape, it can be difficult to understand the laws. But in concept, they are really quite simple. Anything (gun) made after 1898 (Spanish-American War) is considered a Firearm, and any public sale requires a transfer through a qualified FFL holder- a dealer with a Federal Firearms License. Almost everybody uses a dealer nearby at your local gun store. There are several classes of FFL dealers, and your local store can discuss these with you. The FFL process involves a background check, which can be accommodated on computer by your FFL dealer.  You don’t need an FFL to buy a firearm, but you are not eligible if you are a Felon or do not pass the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) background check. As a normal person, you will probably pass.

In the Claremore JM Davis sale, a local FFL dealer, Brandon Hill at HBK Firearms, will be present to facilitate FFL transfers on site. It is advisable for prospective purchasers to provide necessary data in advance to compliance@hbkfirearms.com. This will help speed up transfers. Those wishing to have items shipped should do the same, having your local FFL holder set up the transfer in advance.

All FFL transfers cost a small fee. In Claremore, HBK’s fee is $30 per firearm. For those firearms shipped, please consult your local dealer for the fee. In some areas of the USA the fee is routinely higher. In others, a bit lower.  There is not a double fee- the fee is charged where you pick up the item. Local transfers for pickups will be handled by HBK at the Museum, subject to the $30 fee per firearm.

Antique weapons – those older than 1898 – require no FFL registration, and can be picked up at the Museum after payment, or can be shipped within the United States. These items are considered collectibles and relics.

And Finally……..

A Celebration of the West

A lot of gun collectors are western enthusiasts. Let’s use this occasion to celebrate this part of our heritage. I’ll bring along my Martin. Bring your instrument, and bring your songs. Let’s hear from songwriters and players from around the West. There’s songs a plenty from Texas, Nevada, Montana, Colorado. Songs about the West, about gun battles and hunting, songs about cowboys and the range – let’s hear what you’ve got! We’ll find a place, -maybe in the museum lobby, even if its in the parking lot or over at Holiday Inn Express (I’ve already cleared this one!).

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Claremore Hotels
Here are a few. There are plenty!

Holiday Inn Express  918 283 4877

La Quinta  918 965 1877

Super 8   918 431 2323

Hampton Inn   918 965 1360

Will Rogers Inn   918 341 4410

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About the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum

Home to the largest privately-held firearms collection in the WORLD.

Over 12,000 firearms and thousands of non-firearm artifacts ranging from Old West saddles and spurs, John Rogers statuary, Toby mugs and Beer Steins, World War I posters, and local Claremore and Rogers county history.

 

Auction proceeds benefit the J.M. Davis Foundation and the long term maintenance an upkeep of the museum!

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All sales final. Auction winnings must be paid in full and picked up/shipped within 1 week of the auction
All post 1898 guns require FFL handling (set up locally by an independent FFL Dealer)

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Spring 2019 Americana Auction

Spring 2019 Americana Auction

  • March 27, 2019
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Western Americana * Mining Collectibles * Baseball & Sports Memorabilia * MAJOR Postcard Collection * Wells Fargo & Postal History * Stock Certificates from the Magnificent Ken Prag Collection * Bottles * Marbles * Brothel Tokens * Coins * Medals * Cowboy Collectibles * Antique Firearms * Native Americana * Art * Bargains & Dealer Specials

Auction Date

The live auction will be held at Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno Thursday through Monday,  May 16-20 beginning at 8am pacific time each day.

Lots can be previewed in person by appointment or at the HWAC office the day before the auction.

Virtual Catalog

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DID YOU KNOW?

Most auction lots open for bidding at half the low estimate! Many times they open even lower than that! These price reductions are done live on the podium and are available only to bidders who participate live! So log on during the live sale or come see us at our gallery in Reno to score some really great bargains and grow your collection today!

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March 2019 Wigwam Auction

March 2019 Wigwam Auction

  • January 10, 2019
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A Celebration of our Great Basin Culture!

Auction Date

Auction will be held at Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno Thursday through Monday,  March 7-11 beginning at 8am pacific time each day.

Lots can be previewed in person by appointment or at the HWAC office the day before the auction.

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Mary & Moe’s Wigwam

Morris Royels collected Native American artifacts since he was a child living in Wadsworth and Fernley, Nevada in 1940. After release from the Army in 1961, he married his first wife Mary and together they operated the “Dainty Cone” in Fernley, a local hamburger and ice cream stop. The business thrived on Moe’s cooking, and over the years came expansion and remodeling. Moe began putting some of his artifacts in the Dainty Cone, which became a popular attraction, since the business was located along the major highway long before the freeway was built. They changed the name to the ”Wigwam” in 1984 to reflect their collection and friendship with the local communities of Nixon, Wadsworth and Fernley. In the 1990’s they completely rebuilt and modernized into the Wigwam as it is today, proudly displaying their massive collection.

Moe and Mary bought and were gifted hundreds of artifacts from their friends over the nearly six decades the business was open. They reflect the wonderful cultures of Native Americans in the Great Basin, as well as other locations throughout America. These artifacts will now be offered at auction during the first few months of 2019. Be sure and request a catalog for this unique opportunity to share in the special history of the Great Basin.

Cornucopia Of Collectibles | October 2018 Auction

Cornucopia of Collectibles | October 2018 Auction

  • September 24, 2018
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Auction Date

Auction will be held at Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno on Thursday-Monday October 18th-22nd beginning at 8am pacific time each day.

Lots can be previewed in person at the HWAC office the day before the auction.

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June 2018 Numismatic & Americana Auction

June 2018 Numismatic & Americana Auction

  • April 25, 2018
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Auction Date

Auction will be held at Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno on June 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26th

Lots can be previewed in person at the HWAC office the day before the auction, Thursday June 21st from 10am-5pm or by appointment.

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