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RIO GRANDE SOUTHERN & SILVERTON RAILROADS silver filigree pass #390, issued 1892

Otto Mears





The above-exhibited Otto Mears silver pass (#390) is a bit tarnished, yet still in wondrous condition.  As you can see below, we have experienced a remarkable track record in selling Otto Mears silver passes; so if you would like to purchase Rio Grande Southern & Silverton Railroad silver pass #390, issued in 1892, to Austin MacFarland, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

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On the other hand, if you have one of these passes, or the Silverton Railroad 1889 silver pass, don't hesitate to contact us.  We'll even consider the Rainbow Route pass, or any other collection of early Colorado railroad passes.





Pass #116, issued to Amos Steck, a Denver, Colorado mayor and gold region pioneer



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OTTO MEARS SILVERTON RAILROAD silver pass, issued 1889

Pass No. 376, issued to Fritz Thies, an influential Denver saloon owner.  Thies was in the wholesale liquor business with Sam Rose.  Thies was also an investor in various Colorado enterprises.  He lived at 2524 Champa Street in Denver, Colorado until his death in 1921.  Original silver pass invented by the creative business entrepreneur, Otto Mears.

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RIO GRANDE SOUTHERN RAILROAD - SILVERTON RAILROAD Otto Mears silver filigree pass, issued 1892

Pass No. 85, issued to George Ross-Lewin, Vice-President of The First National Bank of Denver, as well as Vice-President of The Bi-Metallic Bank of Cripple Creek, Colorado.



July 20, 2016

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Near fine condition.  "S. Spitz, Santa Fe" maker's mark on back of pass.

Dimensions: 1.5 inches in height by 2.75 inches in length.  Finely braided silver attached to silver frame and centerpiece.  Hand-made letters applied to silver filigree.  Approximately one ounce of silver.

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RIO GRANDE SOUTHERN RAILROAD - SILVERTON RAILROAD Otto Mears silver filigree pass, issued 1892

Pass No. 419, issued to James J. Ford, Western Freight Agent, 1903; Commercial Agent, 1908, 1017 Seventeenth Street, Denver, Colorado, New York Central Lines, Michigan Central Railroad.

Pass is in near fine condition with some tarnish.  Made by S. Spitz, Santa Fe.  Dimensions: 1.5 inches in height by 2.75 inches in length.  Finely braided silver attached to silver frame and centerpiece.  Hand-made letters applied to silver filigree.  Approximately one ounce of silver.





Silver pass for the following railways:

Denver & Rio Grande Railroad

Colorado Midland Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad

Condition: very good plus to near fine




Issued to Joseph C. Helm

Pass No. 289, issued to Joseph C. Helm.  Embossed, "Otto Mears, Pres't."


Joseph C. Helm was born in Chicago in 1848 and enjoyed relatives of Revolutionary War fame (Woodhal Helm, Thomas Helm and Edward Ruggles).  Orphaned at an early age, Helm was raised by relatives in Iowa.  At age 13, John Helm enlisted in Company B, First Battalion, Thirteenth Regiment of the regular United States Infantry to fight in the Civil War.  He was a drummer boy for the first two years of his military life in the Army of the Mississippi, fighting near Vicksburg.  In October 1863, Helm was taken prisoner with a rifle in hand.  He was held in Mobile, Alabama until a prisoner exchange took place.  Directly after, Helm re-enlisted in Company D, 6th Regiment, United States Veteran Volunteer Infantry.  Helm was honorably discharged in April 1866.


Joseph Helm attended State University of Iowa and graduated in 1870.  After teaching for 3 years, he went back to school.  In 1874, Helm received an LL.B. degree, and in 1891, he was honored with an LL.D. degree.  After graduation in 1874, Helm moved to Colorado Springs.  In 1875, Helm was elected Colorado Springs City Attorney.  His next political step was to become a member of the lower house of the first general assembly of the State of Colorado.  In 1880, Helm became a judge of the district court of the 4th Judicial District.  Two years later, Helm was elected to the Colorado Supreme Court.  One later, Helm was nominated to run for governor of Colorado.  He lost the election, and then moved to Denver to take up private practice.  Helm represented the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, the estate of David H. Moffat, and the Denver, Northwestern & Pacific Railway, especially in connection with the Moffat Tunnel Project.


Joseph Church Helm died May 13, 1915.


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Railroad pass No. 216, issued to H. Prince

SILVERTON RAILROAD Silver Pass No. 216, issued 1889, to H. Prince.

Dimensions: approximately 2.125 inches by 3.5 inches; weight: 1 ounce.

H. Paul, engraver.  Facsimile of Otto Mears signature.

Type A pass with "Otto Mears" signature engraved into surface of pass.
Condition: very good plus to near fine.

Hiram Prince was born in Mobile, Alabama on May 6, 1824.  He arrived in Colorado in 1864, becoming a blacksmith in Denver.  Prince was the builder of the first omnibus operated in Denver.  He continued at this trade until 1879 when he decided to take up farming in Boulder County, Colorado.  He became the president of the South Boulder Canyon Ditch Company.  He was later appointed by Governor Pitkin as the first water commissioner.  Prince served twice in the state legislature.  He also served on the Boulder County school board.  Prince made his fortune in farming and real estate.




Pass No. 553 issued to Chauncey M. Nichols

SILVERTON RAILROAD Silver Pass No. 553, issued 1889, to Chauncey M. Nichols.
Dimensions: approximately 2.125 inches by 3.5 inches; weight: 1 ounce.

H. Paul, engraver.  Facsimile of Otto Mears signature.
Type B pass with "Otto Mears" signature raised from surface of pass.  Type B.

Condition: very good plus to near fine.

Chauncey M. Nichols may have been one of the original Lawrence Party that ventured into the Kansas Territory in 1858, responding to gold discoveries in the Cherry Creek area.  He would have also been one of the original founders of the St. Charles Town Association.

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National Currency 10 Dollar Bill, National Bank of Denver, William McKinley, #7048





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We are always interested in purchasing large or small collections, from countless to single items.  We purchase Western Americana -- books, documents, maps, photographs, ledgers, journals, annual reports, manuscript material, memorabilia, etc.  We also purchase first edition literature, especially books or manuscripts that are signed/inscribed and dust-jacketed, such F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, Ben Hecht, Eugene O'Neill, James Joyce, etc.  And, we are interested in science books, such as those by Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Paul Dirac, Linus Pauling, Steven Weinberg, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schroedinger, Niels Bohr, Ernest Rutherford. Max Planck, Ernrico Fermi, Robert Oppenheimer, etc.

"... But never again as during that all too short period when he and I were one person, when the fulfilled future and the wistful past were mingled in a single gorgeous moment -- when life was literally a dream...."  F. Scott Fitzgerald, from 'Early Success,' The Crack Up, October 1937

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Boltzmann equation

\left( c \boldsymbol{\alpha}\cdot \mathbf{\hat{p}}+\beta mc^2 \right ) \psi = i\hbar\frac{\partial \psi}{\partial t}\,\!

Dirac equation

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