When Morphy’s offers antique and vintage advertising, it always includes signage from America’s favorite beverages, whether soft drinks or adult brews.
In this sale, a 1950s Coca-Cola illuminating countertop sign asks restaurant patrons to “Please Pay When Served.” Bright and impressive – and in working order – the 19-inch-long sign in vibrant “Coke colors” of red, green and white is expected to bring $800-$1,200.
With crossover appeal to sports collectors, a 1954 Ballantine Ale & Beer sign features the Ralph Houk-era New York Yankees in a full-color team-posed picture. Each Yankee team member is identified – even the batboys. Some of the luminaries include Mickey Mantle, Hank Bauer, Phil Rizzuto and Yogi Berra. The sign identifies the Yankees as being the “first team to win 5 consecutive World Series Championships 1949, ’50, ’51, ’52, ’53.” The 17in x 15in Masonite sign is affordably estimated at $200-$300.
Mechanical bank collectors looking for a nice J. & E. Stevens’ Speaking Dog need look no further than the all-original example to be auctioned by Morphy’s on Sunday. Showing only minor paint loss, the blue-dress version of a must-have bank is entered with a $600-$800 estimate.
In the sweets section, the collection of molds is led by a German devil chocolate candy mold. The full-figure devil is seated on a bed of flames and holds a trident pitchfork. In very good condition, the 6¾-inch mold is estimated at $300-$500.
The unmistakable appeal of Roseville pottery, with its gorgeous colors and high standard of artistry, is amply represented in a 7-inch pottery vase in the popular Wisteria pattern. Retaining its Roseville paper label, the vase is in excellent condition and estimated at $300-$500.
For additional information on any item in Morphy’s May 18, 2014 auction, call 717-335-3435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The sale will start at 9 a.m. Eastern Time.
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