Advertising, trains and toys on tap at Morphy’s, May 18th

Roseville Wisteria pottery vase, 7in tall, retains original paper label. Est. $300-$500. Morphy Auctions image    

Roseville Wisteria pottery vase, 7in tall, retains original paper label. Est. $300-$500. Morphy Auctions image    

DENVER, Pa. – Collectors love variety, and that’s exactly what Morphy’s team has prepared for them on Sunday, May 18th. The live gallery auction – with Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers – includes a great lineup of more than 200 lots of trains, toys and marbles, as well as 120 lots of advertising, 50 doll lots and a sweet selection of some 70 lots of candy and ice cream molds. Also sprinkled into the mix are other general antiques that are popular with today’s collectors.

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 serena@morphyauctions.com. The sale will start at 9 a.m. Eastern Time.

View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Roseville Wisteria pottery vase, 7in tall, retains original paper label. Est. $300-$500. Morphy Auctions image    

Roseville Wisteria pottery vase, 7in tall, retains original paper label. Est. $300-$500. Morphy Auctions image    

1954 Masonite Ballantine Beer sign picturing the New York Yankees. Est. $200-$300. Morphy Auctions image

1954 Masonite Ballantine Beer sign picturing the New York Yankees. Est. $200-$300. Morphy Auctions image

1950s Coca-Cola illuminating countertop sign, 19in long. Est. $800-$1,200. Morphy Auctions image

1950s Coca-Cola illuminating countertop sign, 19in long. Est. $800-$1,200. Morphy Auctions image

Cast-iron J. & E. Stevens Speaking Dog mechanical bank.  Est. $600-$800. Morphy Auctions image  

Cast-iron J. & E. Stevens Speaking Dog mechanical bank.  Est. $600-$800. Morphy Auctions image  

German chocolate candy mold depicting devil with trident pitchfork on bed of flames. Est. $300-$500. Morphy Auctions image

German chocolate candy mold depicting devil with trident pitchfork on bed of flames. Est. $300-$500. Morphy Auctions image