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Advertising & Toy

Advertising & Toy
November 08, 2014
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1,000-lot auction of toys, advertising and more
The auction includes 100 toys, 100 dolls, teddies and golliwogs; 500+ antique and vintage advertising lots, and an array of mechanical and still banks.
Take your pick from a whole host of Disney toys, including Mickey Mouse favorites, with very reasonable estimates. Lot 743, a Linemar tin wind-up Mickey playing a xylophone is expected to make $75-$175, while another musical entry, Lot 682, is a Mickey Mouse Melody Player in its original, sealed and never-opened box. Manufactured by Chein, with box art that also includes Donald Duck, it is estimated at $100-$250. Wooden Mickeys include Lot 775, a standing figure in yellow, black and white, estimate $50-$125; and Lot 78, a Mickey pull toy with steel wheels, estimate $50-$100. Lot 318, a 25- by 19-inch Mickey Mouse Corn Flakes sign, dating to the 1940s, is nicely framed and entered with a $200-$300 estimate.
One dozen rocket-themed lots will be ready for blastoff. Lot 653, a Marx tin wind-up Rocket Fighter with a tin pilot holding a machine gun, is expected to make $200-$500. Lot 666 is a very similar Marx production, but it’s the Flash Gordon variation. It, too, is estimated at $200-$500.
Tin wind-ups are led by several Lehmann toys and classic comic character toys, such as the Humphrey Mobile, entered as Lot 687. Bright and colorful and measuring 9 inches long, it carries a $200-$350 estimate. Other top wind-ups include jigger toys – a Marx “Somstepa,” cataloged as Lot 656 and estimated at $200-$350; and Lot 609, an “Oh My” Alabama jigger estimated at $300-$700. Lot 630, a Marx Charleston Trio is estimated at $400-$900; while Lot 689, a Jazzbo Jim, could make $500-$700.
Other tin toys include motorcycles, merry-go-rounds and carnival rides; penny toys and various Popeye toys.
Several cast-iron banks are in the mix, both still types and mechanicals. They include Lot 563, a Speaking Dog; Lot 561, Penny Pineapple; Lot 460, Organ Cat & Dancing Dog; and 562, World’s Fair.
The antique advertising section includes several Hires Root Beer items, including Lot 43, a 13-inch “Ugly Kid” serving tray, estimate $100-$300; and Lot 82, a pair of mugs with the same familiar logo, estimate $200-$300. Additionally, there are many other lots advertising beer and soft drinks, including Coca-Cola. Lot 11, a circa-1904 Coca-Cola coupon with a beautiful color image of Lillian Nordica, could reach $300-$500 at auction. Numerous tins will be auctioned, for coffee, nuts, tobacco, gunpowder and other products.
Also featured in the sale are dozens of antique stoneware beverage bottles with advertising and the names of bottlers that were located coast to coast and in England. They will be followed by a number of early glass bottles in a rainbow of colors, and another helping of stoneware vessels and jugs.
The auction’s endless offerings also include figural cast-iron doorstops, circus and movie posters; early shaving mugs, clocks, pharmacy bottles, and a fine collection of match holders, strikers, safes and dozens of coveted sterling silver vestas, some of which are quite ornate. Lot 510, a rare Indian Motorcycle brass matchbox holder, indicates it received “Highest Honors” in 1904 in St. Louis and again in 1915, in San Francisco. Presumably both refer to the World’s Fairs that were held in those cities during those particular years. The item is estimated at $300-$600.
The Sunday, November 9, 2014 auction will commence at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. All forms of bidding will be available, including in person at the gallery, by phone, absentee or live via the Internet through Morphy Live, LiveAuctioneers, or Proxibid.
Preview the entire auction inventory daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Auction day preview begins at 8:00AM. For additional information on any item in the sale or to reserve a phone line for live bidding on auction day, call 717-335-3435 or email

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