Crystalline gold specimen, 5.45 troy ounces, sells for $5,625 at Holabird's August 27th-31st auction

Also, a Civil War-era military amputation kit sold for $5,000 and a pair of circa 1910-1920 railroad signal lamps brought $5,375. The five-day auction saw hundreds of rare and interesting items cross the auction block in many collecting categories.
By: Holabird Western Americana Collections
Attractive crystalline gold specimen, 5.45 troy oz
Attractive crystalline gold specimen, 5.45 troy oz
RENO, Nev. - Sept. 22, 2020 - PRLog -- A Civil War-era military amputation kit sold for $5,000, a pair of circa 1910-1920 railroad signal lamps brought $5,375 and a choice, attractive crystalline gold specimen weighing 5.45 troy ounces hit $5,625 at a Great American Pow-Wow Auction held August 27th-August 31st by Holabird Western Americana Collections, online and live in the Reno gallery.

Native and general Americana took center stage at the huge, five-day auction, which Holabird Western Americana Collections president and owner Fred Holabird said contained "the best material we've offered in a hot August auction in many years." He added, "The variety was outstanding, as was the quality of goods offered. There was truly something for everybody."

The military amputation kit was made around 1861 by G. Tiemann & Co. (N.Y.), which had been making surgical instruments since 1826. The kit contained an oval label adhered to the center of the protective felt cover of the saw department (with the address of 63 Chatham St., New York City), dating the piece prior to 1861. Most of the tools were punched "Tiemann".

One of the two railroad signal lamps was the four-color Adlake lamp, a prize for any collector, 15 inches tall and 8 inches in diameter. The other was marked "SP & Co." (for Southern Pacific Railway) and was without a globe. The crystalline gold specimen contained lead and silver sulfides. The specimen had one cut edge, exposing a very high percentage of native gold.

Native American offerings included turquoise and silver jewelry, baskets, Kachinas, and rugs. Also up for bid was a fine California token collection, American and foreign counters and tokens from the Benjamin Fauver collection, rare old whiskey bottles and scarce Nevada documents.

Also offered was a major pinback collection, baseball and boxing collectibles, gold specimens, American and foreign medals, Victorian furniture, Western art, original Buffalo Bill/Pawnee Bill posters, large ore cars and incline cars from a Nevada City mine, and dynamite and candle boxes.

The list continued with an American souvenir plate collection, music collectibles, toys and toy trains, postcard collections, directories, maps, a railroad pass collection, antique firearms, badges, mining and railroad stocks, coins, token dies, a rock-shop section and

Online bidding was facilitated by,,, and Telephone and absentee bids were also accepted. To learn more, please visit

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