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Morphy Auctions' February 2017 Premier Automobilia and Petroliana Sales Event To Feature Remarkable Selection of Top-Tier Signage, Globes and Other Transportation Related Ephemera

Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh-to-the-market collections, is geared up to announce this 550+ lot sale to be held on February 12, 2017. Morphy’s is recognized for its leadership in automobilia and petroliana and holds several world records within these important categories. All lots from this February event are on display in Morphy's Denver auction gallery and are available for preview now.

Collectors may need a roadmap to navigate this sale’s extensive selection of breathtaking and highly desirable antique signs. Several special single-sided porcelain examples merit a double-take. Lot #311, a red, white and blue Wyeth sign featuring a boy sitting in a pile of tires is estimated at $15,000-30,000. This rarity, with great wheel-appeal, has excellent color and gloss and is marked “Burdick.” Lot #84, a die-cut Good Luck Service sign with a horseshoe logo gets the green light for its $5,000-7,500 estimate. This auspicious example is marked “Texlite Dallas” and has an excellent overall presentation. Another strong representative in this group is lot #65, a Havoline "Drain and Refill with the Power Oil" sign, estimated at $2,000-4,000. It is marked “Property of Indian Refining Company, #4-1-2F” and has excellent gloss and color. Two examples from Mobile should get collectors’ engines revving. The first, lot #53, is a 1961 right-facing Pegasus cookie cutter sign which takes flight at $4,000-7,000. The second, lot #58, is a Mobiloil sign featuring the company’s early 20th century gargoyle logo. This mythical masterpiece is marked, “G.C. Advert St. Louis,” and estimated at $4,000-6,000.

Musgo Gasoline Michigan's Mile Maker Porcelain Sign, $100,000-$150,000.

Things are twice as nice with this auction’s array of double-sided porcelain signs. Two selections featuring American Indian themes are headliners. Lot #51, a Musgo Gasoline Michigan's Mile Maker sign illustrated with the company’s Chief logo, is estimated at $100,000-150,000. It has a fascinating back-story. According to Dan Matthews, Morphy’s expert and author of The Fine Art of Collecting and Displaying Petroliana, “…when Musgo went out of business, a plumber purchased the warehouse and used most of the Musgo signs for septic tank lids. Septic tank fumes are one of the few things that eat porcelain off metal. As such, Musgo signs in excellent condition are extremely rare; the side facing the tank usually has the enamel completely worn off and the other side is usually between a 6 to 8 in condition. Around 1980, collectors started to research the location where the plumber had put in septic tanks and dug up several of the signs. This is one of those signs; we know of five to seven good Musgo signs and about the same number of dug up ones. This sign has one of the best sides of any of those that we have seen.”

An Idaho Chief Gasoline Identification Porcelain Sign, $10,000-$20,000.

Lot #1, a rare Idaho Chief Gasoline sign featuring a red, blue, white, and white Indian in full headdress and six bullet hits, has excellent gloss and color. It is estimated at $10,000-20,000.

Other double-sided porcelain sign highlights include a spectrum of themes and imagery. Two bold navy and white examples might be first place contenders in this outstanding grouping. These blue-ribbon selections include lot #71, a Hudson Essex "Super Six" sign, estimated at $2,000-4,000, and lot #81, a Packard Service radiator-shaped sign, is expected to bring $6,000-9,000. Both have excellent gloss and color.

This sale offers a nod to the Quaker State with lot #201, a fantastic and early orange, black, and white Penn Drake Motor Oil curb sign, estimated at $8,000-12,000, and lot #321, a marked green, black, and white Pennsylvania Vacuum Cup “6000 Mile Tires” sign, which hits the road at $3,000-5,000. Lot #312, a stunning die-cut Greyhound Pacific Lines Depot sign featuring a sleek racing dog and an old-fashioned-looking bus, is estimated at $15,000-25,000. It is nothing but smooth sailing with lot #345, a red, green, and black Texaco Marine Motor oil sign decorated with sailing vessels and seagulls. This highlight, estimated at $10,000-20,000, is ink-stamped “1953” at the center of the left-hand edge, and is, according to our expert catalogers, “One of the best examples that we have sold.”

This auction’s remarkable selections of museum quality globes and lenses include lot #52, a hand-painted Musgo OPB milk glass globe decorated with the company’s American Indian profile logo. It is in excellent condition and is estimated at $15,000-30,000. Lot #124, a Mobiloil Gargoyle OPC oil cabinet globe, has a great weathered look to it and features a copper collar. It is estimated at $2,500-3,500. Lot #193, an unusual and eye-catching Texaco logo stained glass globe is another star in this category and is estimated at $4,000-6,000. Enthusiasts are certain to go wild over lot #27, an extremely rare green and red Buffalo Gasoline single globe lens, estimated at $2,000-4,000. Also, it’s all hands on deck with lot #37, a Tiwoser High Test Gasoline single globe lens decorated with an impressive schooner ship at sunset. This beautiful and hard-to-find globe lens is in excellent condition and comes in a new HP metal globe body.

This sale crosses the finish line with full throttle selections of other transportation-related collectibles, including posters and prints, calendars, thermometers, oil cans, clocks, displays, and other rare signage, including lot #85, a late 1920s Francisco Auto Heater tin sign. This attractive piece, promising “Summer Here all the Year,” features a cut-away view of a period car and its passengers in the snow. It will certainly be warmly received with its $1,500-3,000 estimate.

According to Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions, “We are delighted to again offer our worldwide base of collectors a most impressive selection of rare and highly desirable signs, globes, and other transportation related collectibles. This one-day sale offers something for everyone at a full spectrum of price points. I am particularly intrigued with the Musgo Gasoline Michigan's Mile Maker double-sided porcelain sign and its amazing history. Given its back-story, it truly is ‘found’ buried treasure! We welcome you to visit our gallery in Denver, Pennsylvania, to view these outstanding items firsthand, or of course, check them out online anytime at www.morphyauctions.com.”

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About Morphy Auctions: Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh-to-the-market collectibles, is located in Denver, Pennsylvania. The company also has an office in Las Vegas, Nevada. A full service auction house, the company presents 30+ premier auctions annually. Morphy's team of specialists includes the nation's finest and most-recognized experts in popular collecting categories including: advertising, firearms, fine automobiles, automobilia and petroliana, coin-operated machines, antiques, fine, and decorative art, dolls, bears, toys, and trains, cast iron, coins, marbles, and jewelry. Morphy Auctions is owned by President and Founder Dan Morphy, himself a lifelong and passionate collector of antiques, banks, and numerous other categories. Morphy's has been in business since 2004 and has grown from two to 65+ employees in more than a decade.

Morphy Auctions is located at 2000 North Reading Road, Denver, PA 17517. For information: call 717-335-3435; fax 717-336-7115, email info@morphyauctions.com ; or visit www.MorphyAuctions.com. Morphy Auctions is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm. 

Morphy Auctions' January, 2017 Las Vegas Coin-Op Event to Feature a Breathtaking Selection of Antique Arcade, Vending, and Gambling Machines

Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collections, is pleased to announce this multi-million dollar sales event to be held on Saturday, January 28th and Sunday, January 29th, 2017 starting at 9am PST both days. All lots from this auction are on display in Morphy's Las Vegas auction gallery and available for preview now.

Let’s take a gamble and start off by reviewing this sale’s remarkable selection of countertop slot machines. Lot #155, a Charles Fey Liberty Bell slot machine and shipping crate, rings true with its $150,000-250,000 estimate. This 1895 example, in working, all original, untouched condition, is considered the apex of all coin-op gambling machines ever manufactured. Lot #903, a circa 1905-1910 5¢ Caille Liberty package gum slot machine, believed to be the only known surviving example, is estimated at $120,000-$225,000. It was designed to sidestep the gambling laws of the time by dispensing a pack of gum with every play; unlike other machines with a vending element, this model has the gum vendor on top of the machine. Lot #156, an early 1900’s 1¢ Caille Hy-Lo poker machine, takes the high road with its $20,000-$40,000. This royal flush example is in working, untouched, all original condition, including the marquee with its paper award card. Lot #5, a late 1930’s 5¢ Mills Novelty Co. Hoke Snake slot machine estimated at $25,000-$50,000, features a distinctive serpentine motif on the upper and lower castings along with the skill element. To the best of our expert’s knowledge, this is the only known example with this amazingly eye-catching detailing. And it’s a grand slam with lot#6, a 1910 1¢ Caille base-ball slot machine, estimated at $10,000- $15,000.

5¢ Mills Floor Model Roulette Slot Machine, $150,000-$300,000.

Enthusiasts will also want to drop a dime on this sale's amazing offering of antique floor model gambling machines. Lot #306, a circa 1905 5¢ Mills roulette slot machine, would be a head-spinning addition to any collection. This extraordinarily rare example, in phenomenal, all original condition with nickel plated iron castings and a handsome quarter sawn oak cabinet, is estimated at $150,000- $300,000. Lot #154, an 1899 5¢ and 25¢ Mills "Double Dewey" musical slot machine, is worth a double - or even triple - take. This outstandingly constructed and decorated machine features an oak cabinet with recessed panels, carved appliques, fluted columns, ornate cast iron claw feet, and reliefs of Admiral Dewey and Mozart. It is well in tune with its $60,000- $80,000 estimate. Any jury would find lot #304, a5¢ Mills "The Judge" musical cabinet slot machine, guilty of being remarkably desirable. This unusual example, featuring an oak cabinet with recessed panels and carved applique details and ornate cast iron elements, is estimated at $15,000-$30,000. Lot #103, a circa 1901 5¢ Caille New Century musical Detroit slot machine can play up to six coins at a time and is estimated at $20,000- $30,000. And there’s gold in the hills with lot #307, a 1949 life-sized carved wooden 5¢ Pace "8" Star Bell Frank Polk miner slot machine, estimated at $20,000- $30,000.

This sale’s amazing selection of over 300 trade stimulators leaves nothing up to chance. Lot #253, a 1920’s era 10¢ Lukat "The Lucky Cat" trade stimulator, will have collectors “feline” groovy with its $20,000-$40,000 estimate. It rewards winning players with a gumball and cigars. Lot #191, an early 20th century cast iron 5¢ Watling "Color Match" trade stimulator, is noteworthy for its condition as well as its original side vendor. It is estimated at $20,000- $40,000. Lot #937, an early 1900’s 5¢ Mills Bulls Eye Counter Wheel trade stimulator, is certain to hit the mark with its $15,000- $25,000 estimate. This example, in excellent, unrestored, all original condition features ornately detailed castings affixed to a matching cast iron rotating base and a near mint tin litho color wheel. Lot #1049, a circa 1935 5¢ Superior Vendomat cigarette vender trade stimulator, will meet its match with its $8,000 - $15,000 estimate. Andit’s all hands on deck with lot #341, an early 20th century 5¢ Mills Novelty “The Pilot” nautical themed countertop trade stimulator, estimated at $15,000- $20,000. This beautifully detailed cast iron example has a 6-way coin head and one reel with images of spades, hearts, clubs, diamonds, an anchor, and a sailor; winnings are paid out in trade checks ranging from 10¢ to $2.

According to Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions, "Morphy Auctions enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence with antique coin-op machines, and this sale only cements our leadership position in this important category. This event, featuring many outstanding examples from the Barry Goldfarb collection, will undoubtedly tempt collectors with its phenomenal offerings of antique arcade, vending, and gambling machines. The 1905 5¢ Mills roulette slot machine is truly in a class by itself and we are delighted to be able to offer it to our collectors through this sale. We welcome you to visit our gallery in Las Vegas to view these exceptional machines in person, or of course check them out online anytime at www.morphyauctions.com.

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About Morphy Auctions: Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collectibles, is located in Denver, PA. The company also has an office in Las Vegas, NV. A full service auction house, the company presents over 30 premier auctions annually, as well as monthly discovery sales. Morphy's team of specialists includes the nation's finest and most recognized experts in popular collecting categories including advertising; firearms; fine automobiles, automobilia and petroliana; coin-operated machines; antiques, fine, and decorative art; dolls, bears, toys, and trains; cast iron; coins; marbles; and jewelry. Morphy Auctions is owned by President and Founder Dan Morphy, himself a lifelong and passionate collector of antiques, banks, and numerous other categories. Morphy's has been in business since 2004 and has grown from two to over 65 employees in over a decade.

Morphy Auctions, Las Vegas is located at 4520 Arville Street, Las Vegas, NV 89103. We can be reached by phone at 702-382-2466, by fax at 702-382-6513, and by email at info@morphyauctions.com. Our Las Vegas gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm. For more information on Morphy's, please visit www.MorphyAuctions.com. 

The 2017 Wilmington Antique Show & Sale Jan. 27-29 in Wilmington, N.C.

The Wilmington Antique Show and Sale will be held at the historic Coastline Conference and Event Center, 501 Nutt Street in Wilmington, N.C., Friday through Sunday, January 27-29, 2017. This year will mark the 47th year the event has been presented by NC Junior Sorosis and NC Sorosis, making it the oldest show in the state.

On the riverfront in Wilmington’s historic downtown, the Coastline Center will play host to more than 35 dealers from several states. Dealers will offer fine Early American and English furniture, primitives, vintage items such as linens, clothing and jewelry, as well as silver, fine china, crystal, toys, rugs, paintings and collectables of all kinds.

An additional feature this year will be a silent auction benefiting WARM (Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry). The auction will include art, antiques and collectables. Several restoration resource providers will be available throughout the three-day show, to repair or restore your treasures.

Show times are 10-5 on Friday and Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday. Tickets are $8, good for all three days of the show. For more information, visit www.wilmingtonantiqueshow.com, by email at wilmingtonantiqueshow@yahoo.com or on Facebook at Wilmington Antique Show. All proceeds from the show will benefit local community charities, projects and scholarships. 

James D. Julia’s Lamps, Glass and Fine Jewelry Sale Highest Ever With $3.3 Million!

On Nov. 18th, James D. Julia’s Fall Lamp & Glass Auction was the largest grossing lamp andglass sale in the history of the company at well over $3 million dollars. It consisted of a one-day sale rather than the normal 2+ day auction. A single-owner private collection of extraordinary Tiffany lamps generated some incredible prices. Perhaps the most notable thing about the sale was the fact that this great success was accomplished by Mike Fredericks, Department Head of Lamp & Glass, together with Mark Ford, CEO, and the Julia team but lacking owners, Jim and Sandy Julia, both.

Jim Julia has been involved in the antiques and auction business for nearly 50 years now and up until this auction, has never missed an auction. A few days prior to the auction, his wife Sandy received devastating news that she had cancer and for the first time in 50 years, Jim found something more important than an auction to attend to.

Jim said, “Sandy had her operation on Wednesday, November 23rd, the day before Thanksgiving. We were praying and hopeful that it would be a success, and that indeed is the case. Sandy is the sweetest, most pleasant, and positive thinking human being I have ever known and over these past days throughout this ordeal she has maintained her extraordinary attitude but she has also been incredibly bolstered by the well wishes, cards, and emails she has received from friends everywhere. It seems as though everyone is pulling for her and it means a great deal to her.

“People have asked me if this means that I might be getting out of the auction business. Hell no! One of the great New England auctioneers, Dick Withington, continued to do auctions until he was 90 years old. My father, who is 89 years old, still buys and sells, and when I grow up, I want to be just like both of them. Sandy and I love the business, we love the people, we love our team, and we have no interest or inclination to walk away from it. Five years ago, however, we did make a long-range plan to ensure the success and continuation of our company by bringing on board my longtime friend Mark Ford who is an incredibly sharp businessman and who, for most of his life, was part owner and managed a major New England business. Mark became CEO of our company, and for over 4 years now has been taking an increasing part in the day-to-day operations. Our goal was essentially to have Mark run the business while Sandy and I would continue to serve as President and Vice President and be part of the business but not have to deal with the majority of the day-to-day details. As of early 2016, Mark had effectively taken over the business and has been running it throughout the year. This, of course, is fortuitous for Sandy and me and our company. Our being present or absent from this past sale virtually made no difference, and until Sandy is better and she and I can be part of the business again, Mark and our incredible team will continue to run and drive the company based on the same principles, philosophy and dedication to our clients that has made us so successful over these past many years.

“I also want to say that as soon as word got out, Sandy has been inundated with well wishes, emails, cards encouraging her and they have been a tremendous support to her. Her daughter recently developed a page on Facebook, ‘Sandy Julia’s Fight.’ Anyone wishing to check in, follow or support Sandy can do so from there or by directly contacting our company. If you contact our company and wish to direct any wishes or sentiment, please do so through my Executive Assistant Nancy Noonan.

“Both Sandy and I look forward to returning to work and once again working with all the great customers and friends we have established relationships with over these many years. Thank you for your support.”

Now onto our sales results highlights.

Tiffany Studios Drop-Head Dragonfly table lamp, $515,475.

Tiffany lighting unquestionably took the spotlight in this sale, with several generating big six figures. Many examples on offer came directly from private collections across North America. A drop-head Dragonfly lamp—the most desirable of all of Tiffany’s dragonfly designs—was estimated at $120,000-180,000 but generated a jaw-dropping $515,475. This beauty featured a phenomenal reticulated base and a leaded glass shade with rich green to deep blue transitions and purple dragonfly bodies; its shade was signed “Tiffany Studios New York 1507-22” on the interior. A Peony table lamp was estimated at $150,000-250,000 and made $391,050. This world-class example had an untouched, rare Mosaic Turtleback base and a red, pink, white, blue, and green leaded glass shade signed, “Tiffany Studios New York 1505-25.”A Poppy table lamp on a bronze cattail lily pond base was estimated at $50,000-70,000 and realized $219,225. Its shade, signed “Tiffany Studios New York 1531-3,” featured an outstanding, multi-colored background, leaves of confetti, and rippled and mottled glass on a most desirable base.

Tiffany Studios Peony table lamp, $391,050.

Tiffany Studios Poppy table lamp, $219,225.

Other Tiffany lighting highlights included a peony table lamp that was estimated at $60,000-80,000 and made $71,100; a daffodil table lamp that was estimated at $45,000-65,000 and bloomed at$56,288; and a turtleback lantern that was estimated at $22,000-26,000 and realized $36,735.

Lighting by Handel also did extremely well in this sale. A signed stream scene lamp estimated at $15,000-25,000 wound its way to $17,775. This handsome example had an original “treetrunk” base and a shade decorated with a woodland stream, meandering rocky banks, foliage, tree trunks, and rocks, all painted in the fall colors of green, brown, red and amber. A reverse-painted chrysanthemum lamp estimated at $4,000-6,000,blossomed at $10,665.

Julia’s offering of remarkable French art glass, many from a meticulously curated Midwesterncollection, really caught the eye of collectors. Examples from Daum, sold at the very beginning of the sale, proved early highlights. These included: aPrairie pitcher decorated in a grassland theme that was estimated at $15,000-20,000 andmade $23,700; an enameled vase with butterflies and bees that was estimated at $10,000-15,000 and took flight at $18,960; a monumental cameo and enameled vase with fuschia flowers that was estimated at $10,000-15,000 and realized $17,775; and a cameo and enameled vase with geranium flowers that was estimated at $9,000-12,000 and sold for $ 16,590.

The Galle offerings in this sale, many featuring floral themes, also proved quite attractive to buyers. Lot 1058, a marquetry crocus vase,one of the most sought-after Galle pieces of all time, was estimated at $50,000-70,000 and realized $52,733. Other Galle highlights include: lot 1073, an enameled box decorated with colorful flowers which was estimated at $2,500-3,500 and made $8,295, and lot 1085A, an early enameled boat-shaped vasedecorated with forget me nots that was estimated at $1,500-2,500 and sold for a memorable $8,888.

This auction also offered a great selection of art glass from other world class French manufacturers. Several Rousseau/Walter Pate De Verreexamples generated noteworthy results. Lot 1091, a signed Almeric Walter moth paperweight was estimated at $2,000-3,000 and took wing at $5,333. Lot 1102, a stunning vase decorated with a line of black wolves walking on snow against a purple and gray background, was estimated at $30,000-40,000 and realized $34,958. Fine Lalique examples also had a strong showing; lot 1141, an Aigrettes vase detailed with exotic birds in flight and fern leaves was estimated at $1,500-2,500 soared to $6,221.

Tiffany metal wear madea highly decorative appearance in this sales event. Beverage pots were a key category here, and generated impressive interest and results. Lot 1409, a signed, mixed metal Japanese style hot cocoa pot estimated at $10,000-15,000 was warmly received and realized $40,290. This absolute rarity was decorated with applied silver squash vines, gold and copper gourds, gold squash blossoms, and gold and copper applied dragonflies.Lot 1410, a mixed metal triangular shaped teapot decorated with applied copper and gold leaves, incised vines, copper and silver butterflies and a gold and copper applied dragonfly, was estimated at $3,000-5,000 and achieved a proper $17,775. Lot 1411, a sterling silver coffee pot entirely covered in the “wisteria” pattern was estimated at $3,000-5,000 and made $14,220.

The fine contemporary glass sculptures, vases, and decorative items added a splash of modern color to this comprehensive sale. Lot 1713, a signed, oval Toots Zynsky art glass bowl was estimated at $2,500-3,000 and realized $7,999. It was game on with lot 1711, a signed sterling silver and gold plated sterling silver Salvador Dali/F.J. Cooper chess set, estimated at $5,000-7,000. This most unusual offering, complete with a black-and-white marble chess board, checkmated at $17,775.

This sale rounded out withan outstanding selection of rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings, with designs ranging from Victorian to Art Deco, to contemporary styling. Lot 1510, a Buccellati 18kt gold, ruby, and diamond cuff set with cushion shaped rubies, round diamonds, and smaller white gold and diamond bursts, was estimated at $20,000-30,000and realized $23,700.Lot 1476, retro citrine, ruby, and diamond ring was estimated at $1,500-2,000 and made $2,963. Lot 1541, a sapphire and diamond circle pin was estimated at $1,800-2,200 and came around to $2,370.

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About James D. Julia, Inc.:
James D. Julia, Inc., one of the top ten antique auction houses in the nation, is headquartered in Fairfield, Maine. The company also has an office in Boston, Massachusetts. In business for over 40 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. Julia’s has three key divisions, including rare firearms and militaria; fine and Asian art and antiques; and lamps, glass and fine jewelry. Each division is staffed by leading experts and is internationally recognized and respected.

James D. Julia has already started gathering consignments for the next Lamps, Glass, and Fine Jewelry sale, scheduled for June 2017. For more information on James D. Julia, Inc. and the fine Lamps, Glass, and Fine Jewelry division, visit www.jamesdjulia.com. 

Transferware Pattern Database Available

The Transferware Collectors Club (TCC) announced recently the launch of version 2.0 of its Database of Patterns and Sources with more than 13,500 transfer-printed patterns and 1,000+ print and original ceramic sources that inspired the patterns printed on earthenware and porcelain by British potteries. Version 2.0 is Internet-based and available for members or per-day use for $10. Membership is $50 annually.

A nonprofit organization, TCC’s mission is to educate and excite people worldwide about British transfer-printed ceramics produced between 1750 and 1900. To access the database or learn more about TCC, visit www.transcollectorsclub.org.


 

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