Advertising, Music Boxes & Coin Op, August 10 - August 11, 2012
Auction Start Time: 10AM
Morphy Auctions rolls out antique advertising, coin ops and the Peter V. Fritsch mechanical music collection, Aug. 10-11
The festive sounds of turn-of-the-century music boxes and coin-op machines will ring through Morphy Auctions? gallery Aug. 10 and 11 as the company presents a varied and colorful 1,100-lot sale of antique advertising and mechanical amusements.
The Friday session features the 50-year music box collection of Peter V. Fritsch of Kutztown, Pa. The assemblage of 30+ music machines consists of mostly American productions, with highlights including a Regina 27-inch automatic changer, $16,000-$18,000; a Regina 15Ĺ-inch automatic changer, $14,000-$16,000; and a Symphonium wood-cased hall clock, $10,000-$12,000. Morphy?s CEO Dan Morphy remarked that Peter Frisch has always been ?a very particular buyer. Every machine he owns is special and has an extra or unusual feature that would not be considered standard.?
A selection of 130 occupational shaving mugs will follow. The top-estimated mug originally belonged to professional baseball player William J. Kuehne and reflects his occupation with its image of a player sliding into home plate alongside the catcher, with a full baseball diamond and players in the distance. Between 1883 and 1892, Kuehne played infield positions for teams in Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Cincinnati; and he was featured on 11 Old Judge Tobacco cards. With its crossover appeal to sports memorabilia collectors, Kuehne?s shaving mug is expected to make $5,000-$8,000. Another interesting shaving mug was quite likely a souvenir, as it features the image of the Lake Roland (Md.) Elevated Railway. It is estimated at $1,000-$1,500...