Auction-room fireworks expected at Morphy's June 22-23 auction of George Moyer collection
40-year collection includes spectacular array of vintage firecrackers, pyrotechnic rarities
DENVER, Pa. - Fourth of July celebrations will begin early this year, with Morphy's June 22-23 auction of the spectacular George Moyer collection of antique and vintage firecrackers.
Known and revered by "pyromaniacs" throughout the United States and abroad, Moyer's 40-year collection consists of thousands of rare firecracker packs and label, salutes, consumer novelties, sparklers, caps and smaller tubed items. Additionally, there are posters, catalogs and salesmens sample boards, which were created to display products available to retailers in days gone by. One such catalog was published in the 19th century by Rochester Firework Co.
The entire, unpicked collection will be apportioned into more than 1,300 colorful lots, some containing multiple pieces. While the main focus of the collection is American-made fireworks, there are also items from England, India and Canada.
Moyer, who is a native and lifelong resident of Pottsville, Pa., owns an amusement machine company. "I made my fun my work," he said with a laugh...