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Morphy Auctions' June 2016 Premier Antique Toy, Doll, Marble, and Figural Cast Iron Sales Event Plays With Almost $1.5 Million In Sales

It was a race to the finish at Morphy’s recent Premier Antique Toy, Doll, Marble, and Figural Cast Iron sale! This three-day event, held on June 24th-26th, featured world-class selections of dolls, Steiff animals, marbles, lunch boxes, banks, games, and toys—many from fine collections from across the United States. However, ships, cars, airplanes, trains, omnibuses, and other wheeled playthings from Antique Toy World contributor Jack Herbert’s collection truly got enthusiasts’ engines revving! Until quite recently, this breathtaking assembly was showcased in his tiny Greenwich Village, N.Y., home—itself a carefully curated museum. Here are some fifth-gear highlights from the Herbert collection sale. All prices reported include Morphy's 22% buyer’s premium.

Early American Tin Clockwork Sidewheeler, $14,030.

Boats and other floating vehicles really made a splash at this auction. Let’s launch with lot #241, a Marklin 1st series battleship Connecticut. This well-made, lifelike, and detailed early 20th century clockwork battleship realized $18,300. Lot #270, a circa 1895 paper-on-wood, lithographed, City of New York ocean liner by Bliss in extraordinary original condition ruled the waves at $6,100. Front and center were two outstanding sidewheelers—an early, all-original American tin clockwork, Golden Gate example and a Francis, Field & Francis version from the 1850-1860s era in remarkable, all original condition. They paddled their way to $14,030 and $37,820 respectively.

Vintage land vehicles were the wheel-deal here. A very rare English biscuit steam-driven tin lorry advertising “J. Lyons Chocolates & Toffee” and featuring its original lithographed driver earned its just desserts at $5,490. A rare 1929 English tin litho double decker wind-up bus advertising, “Huntley & Palmer Breakfast Biscuits,” started the day off right to realize $4,880. A Francis, Field & Francis omnibus decorated with amazing painting and stencilwork, and detailed with ornate coachman’s seat supports, rear stair entry supports and roof cresting, was the grand marshal in this parade of Herbert highlights. It more than quadrupled its low estimate to realize $68,320!

Francis, Field & Francis Omnibus, $68,320.

It’s off to the races with this sale’s fine selection of cars and automobiles from the Herbert collection. A rare blue tin Japanese 1962 Chrysler Imperial was a royal crowd favorite and realized $5,795. An unusually large c. 1900 fly wheel French Open Landau Automobile with its original tufted red satin seats, head and side lamps, and fly-wheel, propelled itself to $18,300. An impressively sized, early French race car in wonderful condition featuring its original papier mache goggled driver sitting upon its leather seats, generated the need for speed among bidders. This absolute rarity more than doubled its high estimate to realize $30,500.

Several fine planes and trains—including one from Spain—rounded out this review of highlights from the Jack Herbert sale at Morphy’s. A c. 1930 Spanish tin litho Rico wind-up amphibian aircraft with four propellers took flight at $5,490. A scarce pre-war Japanese Masudaya tin military wind up airplane with nice camouflage colors really stood out at $11, 590—nearly eight times its low estimate! For those in “training,” an exceptional early late 1800s hand-painted French clockwork train and an extraordinary, large, colorful, Althof Bergmann tin freight train without issues should keep things on track. These railroad rarities realized $18,300 and $9,150 respectively.

According to Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions, "It was an absolute delight, as well as a pleasure and an honor, to offer selections from Jack Herbert’s world-famous collection of toy transportation vehicles to our customers worldwide. Many of these items were featured in go-to reference books and publications, including Antique Toy World, so customers can be assured they are best-in-class. It was especially meaningful to have members of the Herbert family as special guests at this event. The toys themselves were works of art; the Francis, Field & Francis Omnibus and Sidewheeler had many collectors speechless with their beauty and rarity.”

Morphy Auctions is located at 2000 North Reading Road, Denver, PA 17517. Info: 717-335-3435, fax 717-336-7115, and Morphy Auctions is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm. 

James D. Julia's June 2016 Rare Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry Sales Event--$2.8+ Million In Sales

Julia's recent rare lamps, glass & fine jewelry sale was a bright light indeed, presenting 1,100+ lots of the most desirable and attractive selections to come to auction in years. These fine examples, which included lighting, decorative and functional arts, and jewelry, proved irresistible to collectors and enthusiasts from all over the world.

Tiffany Studios leaded glass lamps stole the spotlight in this sale. Both table lamps and hanging lamps generated high wattage bidding. Pull up a chair and check out these top table lamp highlights. Lot 2016, a stunning Drop-head Dragonfly table lamp buzzed to $130,000, while lot 2005, a Geranium table lamp with rich red flowers blossomed at $94,800. Lot 2100, a green, amber and yellow mottled glass Tyler Scroll table lamp wound its way to $23,107, and lot 2152, a blue Belted Dogwood with rich mottling hit $59,250. It was all systems go with lot 2185, a handsome green favrile bodied Moorish table lamp, which nearly doubled its high estimate to realize $14,220. And not to leave anyone hanging, lot 2081, a large leaded shade Black-Eyed Susan chandelier sold for $35,550.

Tiffany Studios Drophead Dragonfly table lamp, $130,000.

Other fine lighting highlights included lot 2318, a Duffner & Kimberly Wisteria floor lamp that flowered at $47,400 and lot 2553,a purple, periwinkle, green and cream Galle floral themed cameo lamp which came in at just a shade under estimate to realize $47,400. And collectors followed the call of the great outdoors with lot 2340, a Daum Nancy Rain Scene lamp selling for $23,700.

This auction featured a fantastic assortment of gorgeous Galle vases. Three examples of the company’s mold blown treasures left buyers gasping for air. These included lot 2548, a bright pink floral Hyacinth vase, which realized $16,590; lot 2420, a shaded blue and purple Plum vase, which realized $11,850; and lot 2418, a red and yellow Cherry vase, which scored a juicy $11,850.And bird’s the word with another exceptional Galle rarity - lot 2554 - a cameo Penguin vase. This stunning example more than doubled its low estimate, chilling out at $46,689.

Galle Cameo Penguin vase, $46,689.

Daum was another premier glass manufacturer in this sale. Collectors could not seem to get enough of the company’s fantastic cameo glass and wheel-carved examples, among other specialties. Lot 2472, a large glass vase featuring cameo paper white flowers, more than doubled its low estimate to realize $11,850.Lot 2504, a cameo and enameled vase with a clear frosted body and an internal rainbow decoration, was a colorful sensation at $13,035; while lot 2344, a wheel-carved cameo Poppy vase realized an astounding $11,850 - nearly a four times its low estimate! Lot 2469, a gorgeous padded and wheel carved floral themed vase with a green foot and a mottled pink and purple background, was a pretty big deal at $17,775.And lot 2350, a Rain Scene vase - one of the company’s most treasured and collectible patterns - thundered to $11,850.

Other highly collectible lamp and glass manufacturers also had a strong showing at this sales event. Lot 1263, a Webb cameo vase with intricately carved white cameo flowers, stems, and leaves was pretty in pink at $33,180.Lot 1430, a Suess Waterlily floor lamp, hit the ground running with bidders, eventually selling at $13,035.Lot 2461, a G. Argy Rousseau Poppies vase, bloomed at $11,257.And collectors put the pedal to the metal for lot 1453, a Pair point Puffy Rose Bouquet table lamp, which realized $9,480.


G. Argy Rousseau Poppies vase, $11,257.

Exquisitely manufactured and decorated pottery was another important category in this fine sale. The selection of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre on offer was truly a dream come true for collectors. Lot 1225, a Malfrey pot decorated in the Sycamore Tree pattern climbed to $14,220, while lot 1216, miniature a Malfrey pot decorated in the Elves and Bell Branch pattern defied its petite proportions to realize $10,665.And lot 1226, an absolutely delightful Fairyland Lustre vase decorated in the Candlemas pattern with candles, heads and elves, caught fire to sell at $9,480.

Bidders also took a shine to this auction's outstanding selections of silver and jewelry. A heavy metal highlight in these categories would have to be lot 1193, a Reed & Barton Francis I Sterling Service, which took its rightful place at the head of the table in realizing $11,257.Other crown jewels here included lot 1111, a platinum Cape Diamond ring which doubled its low estimate to bling in $20,145; lot 1038, a Jaeger Le coultre Master Control Grande Memovox watch which marked time at $10,665; and lot 1083, a gorgeous18k Cartier jade and enamel compact, which expanded to $11,850.

According to Mike Fredericks, James D. Julia’s Department Head, "The results of this sale again confirm James D. Julia as the premier auction house for the finest rare glass, lamps and fine jewelry in the market. I am so pleased with the outcome of this sales event as well as the energy and renewed interest it has generated. The sale represented the best available merchandise from the most collectible manufacturers, and collectors and enthusiasts truly responded in the best possible ways to these outstanding selections. Our next auction will be held in November, 2016, and our department is already accepting consignments for this much anticipated sales event."


About James D. Julia, Inc.: James D. Julia, Inc., one of the top ten antique auction antique houses in North America, is headquartered in Fairfield, Maine. The company also has an office in Boston, Massachusetts. In business for over 45 years, the company conducts high-end antique, collectible and decorative arts auctions throughout the year. Julia's routinely establishes new world records through its sales events. The company consists of three divisions, including rare firearms and militaria; fine and Asian art and antiques; and rare glass, lamps and fine jewelry. Each division is regarded for its excellence and is staffed with world-class specialists to ensure fair and professional authentication, identification, and valuation services. For more information on James D. Julia, Inc., please visit

The Indianapolis Antique Show, Sept. 10-11 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Absolutely rich in antiquing history, Indianapolis always brings the best of the best for all to see and enjoy. The beautifully remodeled and comfortable Ag/Hort building will soon be filled with the finest quality craftsmanship represented in fine quality antiques, durably functional vintage household pieces, and proud collectibles. The fairgrounds have been home to antique festivals for a long time, and that long standing tradition is about to be continued.

The Hallett Antique Festival series comes to antique lovers across the Middle Midwest in the spring and fall. Dealers come from all corners of the nation to bring countless investment-quality antiques, as well as wonderfully enjoyable collectibles and functional household pieces. Hallett's dealers are also business partners and they work hard to present a quality show.

This year's Indianapolis Antique Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11. Event promoters Wade and Dorrie Hallett run the show, along with their brother Wayne and children—truly a family event. The Halletts were mentored early on by the long-established and well-known dealers and promoters (and parents) Steve and Virginia Hallett. They have a great deal of combined experience in all aspects of the antique business.

This year's Indianapolis Antique Show will feature many top quality antique dealers from states throughout the country, displaying and selling items, including: Dresden, Meissen, Tiffany, porcelain, estate and fine art jewelry, Nippon, knives, Orientalia, art glass, art pottery, bronzes, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, paintings, furniture, silver, china, country store, quilts, clocks, French Cameo glass, lamps, photographs, Civil War, coins, dolls, toys, signs, sports, advertising, paper, glassware, prints, statuary, majolica, old west memorabilia, tools, musical instruments, linens, collectibles and more.

Many of the dealers are Associated Antiques Dealers of America members. The Ag/Hort building of the Indiana State Fairgrounds is at the Indianapolis, Indiana, complex located on Indianapolis’ central north side, just north of East 38th Street between Fall Creek Parkway and Monon Trail. The show is held inside a climate-controlled building with plenty of parking ($5).

Admission for both days is $8; $1 off discount coupons are available in advertisements. Food and concessions refreshments are available for purchase at the in-house restaurant. The Halletts welcome you to share in the experience of the event and look forward to seeing you. Dealer inquiries about available exhibit space are invited. Crystal/Pottery repair specialists are scheduled to attend the show.

For further information, contact Wade or Dorrie Hallett, by phone at 608-346-0975 or 608-346-0975; or e-mail them at To learn more about this year's Indianapolis Antique Festival, visit

Morphy Auctions' April Fine Firearms Event Shoots Past $1.8 Million In Sales!

Collectors clearly set their sites on Morphy Auctions' fine firearms sale held on Saturday, April 9th and Sunday, April 10th, 2016. This event featured: rarities from the most sought-after manufacturers; a full range of guns, knives, and swords; historical items; and other highly collectible militaria, including uniforms and accessories. When the smoke cleared, this sale had 19 lots realizing $5,000-$9,999; 11 at $10,000-$19,999; and one topping $20,000. All prices reported include Morphy's 22% buyer’s premium.

This auction’s outstanding selections of rifles aimed to please. Enthusiasts targeted both domestic and international models as favorites. Made in the USA highlights included examples from Winchester, Remington, Colt, and Weatherby.

The gold inlaid, engraved Weatherby, $15,250.

Homegrown rifle highlights included lot #315, a Winchester model 1873 LA. This exceptional firearm, retaining 93%-95% of the most lustrous, rich, velvety blue imaginable, realized $10,980. Lot #602, a Winchester U.S. M1 Garand rifle, made from May 1943 through October 1943, realized $3,965. Lot #584, a near mint, boxed Remington Model 1903-A3 US rifle realized $1,830.Lot #1042, two “as new” boxed Remington nylon rifles, proved twice as nice to realize $2,440. Lot #306, a Colt Model 1855 half stock deluxe presentation sporting rifle in all original factory nickel ponied up to realize $8,540. And lot #599, a deluxe gold inlaid and engraved Weatherby rifle—described by Morphy’s catalogers as “…one of, if not the most, ornate Weatherby rifle ever produced”—was one of the auction’s crown jewels, realizing $15,250.

Foreign rifle highlights included lot #581, a Japanese type 2 paratrooper rifle with its original bayonet with metal scabbard. This firearm, in excellent condition, nearly tripled its high estimate to realize $3,660. Lot #872, a Russian model 1940 Tokarev semi-automatic rifle, caused a red alert among bidders. This example, manufactured in 1940 and 1941 only, realized $5,490. Also, lot #498, a rare scoped German Mauser M98 sniper rifle used to train snipers during World War II, realized precisely $3,355. According to Morphy’s experts, this Mauser “…is the first example in this caliber we have seen.”

It’s time to hurry up and review some shotgun highlights from this sale. Lot #496, a one-of-a-kind, mint-in-box Browning superposed 20 Ga. O/U shotgun, was truly in a class by itself. This exquisite, engraver-signed firearm realized $23,180.Many enthusiasts battled overlot #490, a Winchester model 1897 WWI trench gun. This outstanding example was described by Morphy’s specialists as, “…one of the finest WWI trench guns that we have seen in quite a while.”

Handguns were another major category in this auction worthy of a high five. Both revolver and pistol selections were of the highest caliber. Lot #397, a Colt lightning-etched panel revolver bolted to $5,185. This six-shot, double-action revolver—referred to as the “Sheriff’s Model” as it was manufactured without an ejector—was in near new, unfired condition. Lot #469, a boxed Colt pre-war Fitz snub-nosed revolver modified for concealed carry, had a hard time hiding from the spotlight. Arguably one of the rarest Colt revolvers of the 20th century, this pretty pony realized $14,030. Lot #466, a Colt nickel python target gun slithered its way to $5,490. This gun, which showed no signs of having been fired, except for its factory test, came in its original box with its hang tag and instructions.

Enthusiasts also hit the mark with this event’s fantastic pistol offerings. Lot #471, a presentation Nazi Walther PP pistol, most likely given to a very important member of the Nazi party, made quite the impression when it realized $19,520. Lot #924, a 1960’s-eraFrench Manurhin Walther PP pistol realized $2,318.00. Truly the whole package, this fine firearm came complete with its original box, extra magazine, cleaning tool, and proper label. Many bidders went back to the future with lot #964, an early Auto Mag model 180 .357 AMP prototype pistol, which realized $5,795. This futuristic looking, semi-automatic pistol—designed with a vent rib, adjustable rear sight, and black polymer grips—appeared to be a tool room model. Lot #468, a rare model 1902 American Eagle Luger, soared to $10,370.

Nazi Coast Artillery/Army Tropical Caps, $3,050.

Knives, swords, bayonets, uniforms, and other militaria, including some outstanding decorative items, rounded out this auction event. Lot #745, a Japanese NCO Samurai sword with a sharkskin handle and brown enameled wrap truly had bidders on the edge. This exquisite example with a 27-3/4-inch long blade realized $1,586. It was a hat trick, literally, for lot #686: three Nazi coast artillery/army tropical caps. This grouping nearly tripled its low estimate to realize $3,050. Lot #715, a Nazi German M44 field blouse showing little use buttoned up $2,318. Lot #1171, two cast aluminum Nazi ceremonial flag or pole toppers, waved their way to $3,660.

Nazi German M44 field blouse, $2,318.

According to Dave Bushing, Morphy's Firearms Division Expert, "This sale was Morphy’s largest offering of firearms and related items to date. It featured a carefully curated militaria collection from a single owner. This collection put Morphy’s on the map with some once-in-a-lifetime militaria offerings. This sale also featured some great early American and European swords, a fine selection of Revolutionary war era items, and quite a few surprises in the prices realized area. And building on this momentum, our July Firearms auction, scheduled for July 30–31, 2016, is already shaping up to be a real dazzler. We’ve timed it to follow the Gettysburg Civil War show and during the peak tourist season here in Lancaster. As a result, we expect lots of interest and great results!”

Morphy Auctions is located at 2000 North Reading Road, Denver, PA 17517 and can be reached by phone at 717-335-3435, by fax at 717-336-7115, and by email at Morphy Auctions is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm. For more information on Morphy's, visit 




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