THE GOLDEN WEST AUCTIONS

Auction Details

The Golden West Sale encompasses three sessions of auctions covering some of the most important historical western material from the Gold Rush periods of California, Nevada and Colorado. The material has been assembled from many of the great western collections, as well as original material handed down within Gold Rush families, held intact for over 100 years.
Session A of the Golden West Sale encompasses the annual WESTS (Western States Token Society) token auction. This year the highlight is clearly and unarguably the finest Western Indian Trader, Fort & Territorial collection ever assembled at public auction. The more than 500 lot sale contains dozens of R9 and R10 tokens, many of which have not seen the light of day in at least four decades. Some ephemera also is included from Indian Trader sites. Indian Trader tokens are an important form of money exchanged between Indians and Anglos in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Trading Posts were a way of life in the isolated outposts of the western plains and mountains, swapping furs, rugs, coats and other items for food stuffs and equipment. There has never been a sale of this magnitude and importance. The end of this sale will include a comprehensive collection of Naval tokens never before offered and with NO ESTIMATES or MINIMUM BID REQUIREMENTS, as this offering will set the pricing precedent for naval tokens.
Session B encompasses many of the popular collecting categories. It includes a strong photograph collection of American saloon interiors, saloon ephemera and Gold Rush region saloon tokens, also known as Pioneer Minor Coinage. Part of the saloon section includes a large collection of the ultra-rare Good-for mirrors, one of the rarest forms of money, many with pictorial representations of the fabulous “gay-90’s” saloon girls, as well as advertising mirrors. This is the largest mirror offering since the Rosa sale of 1988. Most of the mirrors are so rare that only one to three specimens of each are known. The session will be rounded out by a collection of So-called dollars and Hibler Kappen related material, $50 slug facsimiles, Chopmarked coins, Golden Gate International Exposition Medals and more. Much of this section is from the well-known Bill Weber Collection.
Session C The highlight of the sale is certainly the newly discovered Washington Nugget, a nearly 100 ounce nugget (and several others) found in an unmined section of the Omega-Malakoff Tertiary Channel in February, 2010 that made national news. The nuggets are accompanied by two large original nineteenth-century bullion scales (Christian Becker, New York; Henry Troemner, Philadelphia), It is accompanied in the sale by some masterful original Gold Rush art, inclusive of a spectacular and early rendition of a miner, several broadsides- a miner in lithographic form, panoramic views of mining communities, a number of original Currier & Ives prints of the Gold Rush and Salt Lake City, stage coach pieces, and the Alaska 1893 Yukon/Alaska Miners Union Banner.
A massive Gold Rush banking collection covers the 1850’s through 1860’s in California and Nevada, with what is probably the largest Gold Rush period banking collection ever offered publicly. It contains more than 100 different Bills of Exchange, a form of the first circulating currency on the West Coast. A wonderful and large collection of Gold Rush banking documents augments this fine collection, along with original leather gold pokes and money belts.
Some of the highlights of the Gold Rush Collection are documents from the original 1910 San Francisco sale of the estate of James King of William, documents signed by Adolph Sutro, California coiner F. D. Kohler, and others. A very rare letter book from Nevada mining and railroad magnate Hume Yerington from the mid-1860’s contains incredible information about his life prior to his railroad successes.
A large collection of US Mint ephemera is included, including rare bullion receipts, photographs, lithograph, gold coin and other coin bank bags, as well as rare Carson City gold and silver coins. Accompanying the Mint ephemera is a section of California Counters and rare California Gold Rush tokens.
Portland,OR - Multnomah County - Viking Bakery Photograph :3873Portland,OR - Multnomah County - Viking Bakery Photograph :
Photograph measures 9 ½”x 7 ¾,” black single matte with raised dark black border 13 ½”x 11 ½,” high contrast—minor fading in the...
Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Roseburg,OR - Douglas County - General Store Interior View Photograph :3874Roseburg,OR - Douglas County - General Store Interior View Photograph :
Photograph is interior view, complete with small boys and customers. White-bordered image measures 6-1/2 x 4-1/2” with overall size of 7 x 5”. Contras
Start Price : 38.00 | Estimates : 75.00 - 100.00
The Dalles,OR - Wasco County - c1900 - Paddlewheel Steamer and Ferry Boat Photograph :3875The Dalles,OR - Wasco County - c1900 - Paddlewheel Steamer and Ferry Boat Photograph :
Passengers disembarking from paddlewheel steamer and ferry boat photograph in what may be The Dalles (unverified). Unmounted image measures 10 x 5-3/4
Start Price : 38.00 | Estimates : 75.00 - 150.00
Sold for (38.00 + 6.65) x 1 = 44.65
Westfall,OR - Malheu County - c1890 - Hotel Exterior Photograph :3876Westfall,OR - Malheu County - c1890 - Hotel Exterior Photograph :
Exterior view of hotel with residents/guests photograph. Image measures 8-1/2 x 6-1/4”, and overall size with single black matte is 10 x 8”. Focus is
Start Price : 38.00 | Estimates : 75.00 - 150.00
PA - Adamantine Stampmill Handbill :3877PA - Adamantine Stampmill Handbill :
As an Eastern company, Adamantine Shoes and Die stampmill products were likely used on the Allegheny Gold Belt. Handbill lists Chrome Steel Works that
Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
PA - Perkiomen & Reading Turnpike Co. Stock :3878PA - Perkiomen & Reading Turnpike Co. Stock :
No. 193 issued to A.L. Ladner for 20 shares of capital stock two brown 10 cent revenue stamps at top middle (both cancelled). Black with red underprin
Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
PA - c1880 - Rock Quarry Workers Photograph :3879PA - c1880 - Rock Quarry Workers Photograph :
Measures 9 1/4’’x 7 1/2’’. Low to medium contrast, focus is sharp. In good condition with wear. Bottom right edge has a piece ripped off and corners
Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
PA - Somerset County - April 8, 1865 - Somerset Land and Mineral Association, Stock Certificate :3880PA - Somerset County - April 8, 1865 - Somerset Land and Mineral Association, Stock Certificate :
Cert. #24, issued to William H. Yerrick for 2 shares. Signed by Barkers Summers, President and R.H. Gratz, Secty. & Treasurer. Somerset County, Pennsy
Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 500.00
Mauch Chunk,PA - Switch-Back Railroad Stereoview :3881Mauch Chunk,PA - Switch-Back Railroad Stereoview :
Man in top hat standing at left side of tree-lined track. Track running uphill to building at top. L) Crisp focus with fine detail. R) Slightly gray.
Start Price : 25.00 | Estimates : 50.00 - 75.00
Philadelphia,PA - c1860 - Advertising Poster for the American Coliseum :3882Philadelphia,PA - c1860 - Advertising Poster for the American Coliseum :
Poster measures 19’’x 8 ¼’’. In good condition with some wear. Sides are worn with small tears and water damage is seen on the top right and t...
Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Philadelphia,PA - Philadelphia County - 1926 - Philadelphia, the Birthplace of Liberty, Publication3883Philadelphia,PA - Philadelphia County - 1926 - Philadelphia, the Birthplace of Liberty, Publication
Official Souvenir Book of the Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition, June 1 to December 1, 1926. Copyrighted by Cardinell, John D. (official phot
Start Price : 25.00 | Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Brackett,TX - Kinney County - 1892 - Passenger & Express Line of Stages Letterhead :3884Brackett,TX - Kinney County - 1892 - Passenger & Express Line of Stages Letterhead :
Letterhead from "Brackett, Port Clark, Spofford, U.S. Mail, Passenger & Express Line of Stages." Vignette of stagecoach drawn by six horse...
Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Dalhart,TX - Dallam County - c1910 - Street View Photograph :3885Dalhart,TX - Dallam County - c1910 - Street View Photograph :
A thin layer of snow covers the Texas Panhandle. Photograph measures 9 3/4”x8”, beige single matte—suffers from aging and the two right corners are m
Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
El Paso,TX - 1882-1908 - Mill Works Photograph :3886El Paso,TX - 1882-1908 - Mill Works Photograph :
Crisp shot of a mill. Photograph measures 6 3/4"x4 3/4", beige single matte with decorative border 9"x7", high contrast--slight...
Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Galveston,TX - Galveston County - Galveston: The Horrors of a Stricken City, Book :3887Galveston,TX - Galveston County - Galveston: The Horrors of a Stricken City, Book :
Galveston: The Horrors of a Stricken City by Murat Halstead. 360 page hardcover “Portraying by pen and picture the awful calamity that befell the quee
Start Price : 38.00 | Estimates : 75.00 - 100.00
UT - c1880 - Canyon Railroad Photograph :3888UT - c1880 - Canyon Railroad Photograph :
Photograph 6 ¼’’x 4’’ and 6 ½’’x 4 ¼’’ on white matte. Medium contrast and focus is sharp. Top left corner is slightly worn and sid...
Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold for (50.00 + 8.75) x 1 = 58.75
UT - Utah Industrial Minerals Publications :3889UT - Utah Industrial Minerals Publications :
Lot of five pamphlets and one group of maps published by various Utah agencies and the USGS.
Start Price : 12.00 | Estimates : 25.00 - 75.00
Bingham,UT - Weber County - c1933 - Bingham Canyon Mine Photograph :3890Bingham,UT - Weber County - c1933 - Bingham Canyon Mine Photograph :
Cabinet card showing a large, open-pit copper mine dominating the upper half of the image, with a variety of buildings, automobiles, and several sets
Start Price : 25.00 | Estimates : 50.00 - 100.00
Sold for (25.00 + 4.38) x 1 = 29.38
Bingham,UT - Sampson Mining Co. Stocks :3891Bingham,UT - Sampson Mining Co. Stocks :
Lot of two. 1) Cert. No. 202 issued Sept. 9, 1892 for 5000 shares. Signed Arthur Perego, Pres. Red manuscript cancellation across face. 2) No. 344 iss
Start Price : 25.00 | Estimates : 50.00 - 75.00
Sold for (25.00 + 4.38) x 1 = 29.38
Bingham Canyon,UT - Weber County - c1900 - Bingham Canyon Close-Up Photograph :3892Bingham Canyon,UT - Weber County - c1900 - Bingham Canyon Close-Up Photograph :
The image shows a town snaking up the canyon, with a mine and railroad track visible in the center bottom. The photo measures 10" x 8", mo...
Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Bingham Canyon,UT - Weber County - c1900 - Bingham Canyon Long-View Photograph :3893Bingham Canyon,UT - Weber County - c1900 - Bingham Canyon Long-View Photograph :
The image shows a long view looking down the canyon, with a series of buildings crossing through the image. The photo measures 8" x 6", mo...
Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Castlegate,UT - Carbon County - c1890 - Wilderness Photograph :3895Castlegate,UT - Carbon County - c1890 - Wilderness Photograph :
Cabinet card overlooking two old cabins in a beautiful snow filled valley with imposing mountains in the background. Measures 8" x 5", mou...
Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 200.00
Dodge's Bluff,UT - c1881 - Canon of Grand River Photograph :3897Dodge's Bluff,UT - c1881 - Canon of Grand River Photograph :
Cabinet card showing the Rio Grande Western Railway tracks running through Dodge's Bluff, Canon of Grand River, UT. Image measures 8" x 5"...
Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 300.00
Magna,UT - Salt Lake County - c1900 - Saltair Pavilion Photograph :3898Magna,UT - Salt Lake County - c1900 - Saltair Pavilion Photograph :
Photograph measures 5 ½’’ x 3 ¾’’ and 6 ½’’x 4 ¼’’ on white matte. Medium contrast and focus is sharp. Photograph only has a ...
Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 200.00
Mercur,UT - Tooele County - Mercur, Utah Photo :3899Mercur,UT - Tooele County - Mercur, Utah Photo :
Photo of a mining operation, with one man standing on a shaft mound and two men with horses below. Measures 6" X 8" , mounted on a gray c...
Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Pahvant Valley,UT - Millard County - No Date - Utah Photo Album of Pahvant Valley :3900Pahvant Valley,UT - Millard County - No Date - Utah Photo Album of Pahvant Valley :
A rare volume of black and white photos mounted on about 25 cardboard pages, showing many agricultural views, plus a new sugar beet factory at Delta.
Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Price,UT - Carbon County - Fires at the Mine Photograph :3901Price,UT - Carbon County - Fires at the Mine Photograph :
Cabinet card of men using hose to fight fire at mine with several areas of smoke visible. Image measures 7" x 5", mounted on a black matte...
Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 150.00 - 300.00
Salt Lake,UT - c1890 - Firemen Pose Photograph :3902Salt Lake,UT - c1890 - Firemen Pose Photograph :
The Fire Department poses on the streets of the Beehive State. Photograph measures 8”x6”, black single matte 12”xz10”, high to medium contrast—suffer
Start Price : 125.00 | Estimates : 250.00 - 500.00
Sold for (125.00 + 21.88) x 1 = 146.88
Salt Lake,UT - c1900 - Utah Pair of Stocks :3903Salt Lake,UT - c1900 - Utah Pair of Stocks :
Lot of two. 1) Sanitarium Company. Incorporated in Utah. Salt lake Hot Springs. No. 92 issued Mar. 26, 1913 for 598 shares. Signed by Sweenie, Pres.,
Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Salt Lake,UT - c1870 - Ute Indians Stereoview Utah Territory :3904Salt Lake,UT - c1870 - Ute Indians Stereoview Utah Territory :
This is one of “Carter’s Celebrated Indian Stereo’s” taken in the 1870’s. The photo shows a group of 5 seated people, in traditional dress and wearing
Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Salt Lake City,UT - Salt Lake County - c1880 - Bird's Eye View Photograph :3905Salt Lake City,UT - Salt Lake County - c1880 - Bird's Eye View Photograph :
Photograph measures 5 ¾’’x 4’’ and 6 ½’’x 4 ¼’’ on white matte. Medium contrast and focus is sharp. Photograph has fading on the u...
Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Salt Lake City,UT - Salt Lake County - November 16, 1880 - Empire Mining Company Stock Certificate :3906Salt Lake City,UT - Salt Lake County - November 16, 1880 - Empire Mining Company Stock Certificate :
Empire Mining Company of Utah mining stock certificate dated November 16, 1880. Issued to Frederick Barforde for 10 shares of capital stock valued at
Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Salt Lake City,UT - Bingham County - September 20, 1890 - Niagara Mining & Smelting Company, Preferr3907Salt Lake City,UT - Bingham County - September 20, 1890 - Niagara Mining & Smelting Company, Preferr
Incorporated in Utah. Cert. # 804, issued to Rev. P. Jansen for 100 shares. Signed by G.E. Palen, vice President, and by Howard Schermmerhorn, Secreta
Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Salt Lake City,UT - Raymond-Ely West Mining Co. Stock :3908Salt Lake City,UT - Raymond-Ely West Mining Co. Stock :
Incorporated in Utah. No 40 issued Oct. 10, 1928 for 10,000 shares. Orange/Blk on crème. Vignette of miners working in the mine. Red corporate ...
Start Price : 15.00 | Estimates : 30.00 - 60.00
Salt Lake City,UT - Utah Stocks :3909Salt Lake City,UT - Utah Stocks :
Lot of two. 1) Tintic Mining and Milling Co. Incorporated in Dec. 18, 1890 in Utah. No. 452 issued Jan. 21, 1901 for 6150 shares. Signed by J.B. Schin
Start Price : 38.00 | Estimates : 75.00 - 150.00
Sold for (38.00 + 6.65) x 1 = 44.65
Springville,UT - Utah County - 1956 - A Sagebrush Saga, Publication :3910Springville,UT - Utah County - 1956 - A Sagebrush Saga, Publication :
Signed by Lester Mills. 112 pps.
Start Price : 10.00 | Estimates : 20.00 - 40.00
Stockton,UT - Tooele County - March 11, 1871 - Beautiful Star Lode Document :3911Stockton,UT - Tooele County - March 11, 1871 - Beautiful Star Lode Document :
Notice to the Territory Rush Valley Mining District describing the whereabouts and direction of the Beautiful Star Lode in Stockton, Utah. Along with
Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Stockton,UT - Tooele County - January 6, 1881 - Everlasting Mining Claim Letter of dispute :3912Stockton,UT - Tooele County - January 6, 1881 - Everlasting Mining Claim Letter of dispute :
Letter calling the attention of all miners to the School House in Stockton, Utah to settle the dispute of the relocation of the Everlasting Mining Cla
Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
Leesburg,VA - Loudoun County - 1925 - Mineralogy and Petrography… :3913Leesburg,VA - Loudoun County - 1925 - Mineralogy and Petrography… :
By Shannon, Earl V., 1925. Softcovered, 31 pages, tape on two, three inch tears on front cover. No. 2565, from the Proceedings of the United States Na
Start Price : 10.00 | Estimates : 20.00 - 40.00
WA - Oct. 30, 1862 - Civil War General Order :3914WA - Oct. 30, 1862 - Civil War General Order :
An original general order No. 174 issued by President Abraham Lincoln. This order exemplifies the compassion, understanding and fairness of president
Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 200.00
WA - 1901 - Darnell Mining and Milling Company Stock Certificate :3915WA - 1901 - Darnell Mining and Milling Company Stock Certificate :
Certificate No. 74 dated July, 27 1901, was issued for 500 shares of capital stock valued at $1 each to F. W. Carleton. Incorporated under the laws of
Start Price : 12.00 | Estimates : 25.00 - 50.00
Sold for (12.00 + 2.10) x 1 = 14.10
WA - 1901 - Darnell Mining and Milling Company Stock Certificate :3916WA - 1901 - Darnell Mining and Milling Company Stock Certificate :
Certificate No. 72 issued to F.W. Carlton for 500 shares of capital stock valued at $1 each on July 27, 1901. Incorporated under the laws of Washingto
Start Price : 12.00 | Estimates : 25.00 - 50.00
Sold for (12.00 + 2.10) x 1 = 14.10
WA - c1860-1900 - Ethel Consolidated Mines Prospectus :3917WA - c1860-1900 - Ethel Consolidated Mines Prospectus :
Located in the Index District. The prospectus is for one of the 3 groups, known as the Ethel, John D. And Mother Lode Group. They comprise 42 claims,
Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Sold for (100.00 + 17.50) x 1 = 117.50
WA - 1940 - Kimberly Gold Mine Incorporated Stock Certificate :3918WA - 1940 - Kimberly Gold Mine Incorporated Stock Certificate :
E.J. Crowell was issued 1000 shares of capital stock dated April 30, 1940. Incorporated under the laws of the State of Washington. Certificate No. 580
Start Price : 12.00 | Estimates : 25.00 - 50.00
WA - 1896 - Logging Stereoveiws :3919WA - 1896 - Logging Stereoveiws :
Lot of two stereoviews. First stereoview sides measures 3’’x 3’’ and 6 ¾’’ x 3 ½’’ on tan matte. Medium contrast and focus is sharp. Alm...
Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold for (100.00 + 17.50) x 1 = 117.50
WA - Swauk Creek  Mining and Developing Company Unissued Stock Certificates (2) :3920WA - Swauk Creek Mining and Developing Company Unissued Stock Certificates (2) :
Lot of two unused stocks. Incorporated in the laws of the State of West Virginia. One vignette located on the upper left corner. Shows the image of
Start Price : 12.00 | Estimates : 25.00 - 50.00
Sold for (12.00 + 2.10) x 1 = 14.10
WA - 1900-1924 - Washington State Stock Certificates :3921WA - 1900-1924 - Washington State Stock Certificates :
Lot of six items, including: 1) Tamarack and Chesapeake Mining Company (3), incorporated in Washington. Cert. #92 issued for 2000 shares to John Norbe
Start Price : 50.00 | Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Big Skookum,WA - c1890 - Ox Team and Residence Cabinet Card *Territory* :3922Big Skookum,WA - c1890 - Ox Team and Residence Cabinet Card *Territory* :
Photograph captioned: "Ox Team and Residence of Newell Day, Big Skookum, W.T." Image is of loggers, women, and children posing outisde of ...
Start Price : 100.00 | Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
Clarkston,WA - Asotin County - 1916 - Eureka Mining, Smelting and Power Company Stock Certificate :3923Clarkston,WA - Asotin County - 1916 - Eureka Mining, Smelting and Power Company Stock Certificate :
Certificate No. 1845 issued Company on April 27, 1916 to Isabella M. Honens for 400 shares of capital stock valued at $1 per share. Eureka Mining, Sm
Start Price : 12.00 | Estimates : 25.00 - 50.00
Sold for (12.00 + 2.10) x 1 = 14.10
Everett,WA - Snohomish County - 1897 - National Mining and Milling Company Stock Certificate :3924Everett,WA - Snohomish County - 1897 - National Mining and Milling Company Stock Certificate :
Incorporated in Washington. Certificate No. 32 issued for 60,000 shares of capital stock valued at $1 to L.K. Church Sr. on July 32, 1897. At the tim
Start Price : 12.00 | Estimates : 25.00 - 50.00
Sold for (12.00 + 2.10) x 1 = 14.10