Beer trays, beer signs & soda bottles all perform well in Holabird Western Americana Collections Sale

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Beer trays, beer signs & soda bottles all perform well in Holabird Western Americana Collections Sale
License plates: Collection of 60 circa 1927-1990s license plates from the U.S. and Canada, with related collector magazines and a guide book ($2,500).

RENO, NV.- It was bottoms-up at Holabird Western Americana Collections’ four-day “Raise a Glass to Yesteryear” auction held August 24th-27th, as beer trays, beer signs and rare antique soda bottles all brought nice high prices. The event was held online as well as live in the Reno gallery.

The auction was packed with over 2,000 lots in a wide range of categories, to include saloon, bottles, brewery, mining, numismatics, philatelic, general Americana, stocks and bonds, fine art, display minerals, vintage toys, US coin sets, ingots and assay, fractional gold, medals and tokens.

The trays, signs and bottles were all offered on Day 3, which featured bottles; saloon, brewery and a beer tray collection; gaming; cowboy collectibles; railroadiana; military memorabilia; firearms and weaponry; license plates; signs; toys, musical items, furnishings and other items.

The beer trays included a Pointer Bottle Beer (Clinton, Iowa) tray ($2,625); a Neef Brothers Brewing Company (Denver, Colo.) tray ($2,750); two Buffalo Brewing (San Francisco Exposition) trays ($2,750); a Standard Brewing Co. (Mankato, Minn.) tray ($1,625); and a Jung Beer (Milwaukee, Wis.) tray ($1,562). Dazzling graphics and superb condition attracted bidders.

The rare antique bottles category was highlighted by a James Talbot, J.T. (Elko, Nev.) soda bottle ($3,750); a Washington Bar (Tonopah, Nev.) bar pint pocket flask with cap ($3,375); an emerald green W. S. Wright (Virginia City, Nev.) soda bottle ($2,375); a group of three Indian Territory soda bottles ($2,125); and an Elko Bottling Works (Elko, Nev.) soda bottle ($1,875).

Trays and signs featured a Wunder Brewing Co. (San Francisco, “Wunder Quality”) metal sign in a frame ($4,125); a Coburger Beer (Hoboken, N.J.) metal advertising sign ($3,000); and an old Nevada City saloon sign (“Miners ‘Arms’ Saloon, Thomas Woon Prop.”). It finished at $3,000.

Other Day 3 top lots included a Fly Studio cabinet card depicting thirteen Tombstone (Arizona Territory) notables from the 1870s ($1,875); and a collection of 60 circa 1927-1990s license plates from the U.S. and Canada, with related collector magazines and a guide book ($2,500).

Day 1, on Thursday, August 24th, featured art and artifacts from around the world, including paintings, prints, Native American artifacts, sculptures, textiles, boxwood root sculptures and viewing stones; display minerals and fossils, to include calcite, fluorite, mineral groups and quartz; and stocks and bonds, to include mining, railroad, petroliana and other subject matter.

Tops in the stocks and bonds category was Virginia (Nev.) Truckee Railroad Company stock Certificate No. 34 for 500 shares, made out to Thomas Bell dated June 21, 1869 ($2,000). The company was capitalized at $3 million; 30,000 shares at $100 each and incorporated in Virginia, Nevada, 1850. The stock issue was tightly held, with probably never more than 50 shareholders.

Day 2, on Friday, August 25th, contained general Americana, to include antiquarian books, transportation, ephemera, autographs and photographs; mining collectibles, to include mining equipment, ore specimens and ephemera; and tools. Nearly 500 lots came up for bid on Day 2.

A 30 inch by 30 inch land deed signed by Benjamin Franklin on April 11, 1787 for 282 acres of land known as “Powersburg” in Pennsylvania was the auction’s overall top lot ($11,250). The deed mentioned the land “from the late purchase” (the land recently purchased from the Indians). A royalty of one-fifth of the minerals produced was due to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Also on Day 2 was a 1905 panorama photo of the Byron Hot Springs (Calif.) Hotel, 20 ¼ inches by 64 ½ inches ($1,500); an 1861 Miner’s Compendium and Guide ($1,300); an Alsop & Co. (San Francisco) exchange note from 1856 ($1,375); a copy of the 1892 book Experiences of a Forty-Niner Wm. G. Johnston ($1,250); and a Colorado Mining Directory from 1883 ($1,250).

Day 4, on Sunday, August 27th, was highlight by philatelic items, to include postal history, postcards, stamps, Wells Fargo and Express; numismatics, to include bullion, coins, “potty” coins, U.S. Mint sets, fractional currency, foreign coins, ingots, assay and medals; and token.

A gorgeous set of NGC certifies MS 69 U.S. mint silver eagles (1986-2021) sold for $9,812; an album containing a Commemorative Type Set of 46 U.S. half-dollar coins (1892-1954) rose to $8,125; two mint state $25 U.S. gold eagle coins, each one a half-ounce of fine gold, realized $5,500; and a rare 1860-1861 Pony Express cover with a red 3-cent Washington oval hit $3,750.

Also on Day 4, a complete U.S. Peace Dollar coin album with 24 uncirculated coins hit $3,750; a Spanish Colonial 8-Reales coin salvaged from the sunken ship Nuestra Senora De Atocha, with provenance, made $3,125; a dealer lot of 199 U.S. Mint coin sets, most in the original Treasury Department envelopes, 1962-1975, earned $1,769; a large Franklin Mint locomotive ingot collection went for $1,769; and a collection of Playboy Playmate medallions achieved $1,750.

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