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General Auction

General Auction
December 09 - 10, 2010
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The lighthearted Saturday, Dec. 11 session features approximately 850 choice lots of toys, trains, mechanical banks and antique advertising.
Morphy’s will also be offering 250 high-quality hand-painted and lithographed pre-war German and American trains from a 40-year collection. Many premium brands and rare examples will cross the auction block, including productions by Continental manufacturers Marklin, Bing and Carette; and early American trains by Carlisle and Finch, Knapp, Howard, Voltamp and Ives. Additionally, the inventory includes a fine selection of golden age Lionel and American Flyer standard and O-gauge trains, engines, engine and tenders, complete sets, and some postwar items.
A colorful mix of toys and pedal cars will follow, with more than 150 pieces of pressed steel from a single-owner collection, 150 general toy lots and 30+ European tin windups and autos, including a hand-painted Carette limousine, estimate $5,000-$6,000.
Among the most coveted of cast-iron mechanical banks to be auctioned, a J. & E. Stevens Panorama with 95%-plus original paint is estimated at $8,000-$12,000. “This is a truly beautiful bank, and it was consigned by its original owner, which is highly unusual,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy.
Known for its strong following in the antique advertising community, Morphy’s will present several outstanding collections from that category. The single-owner collection of 70 occupational shaving mugs includes examples emblazoned with images for a Dodge dealership, a taxi service – dated 1929 and with a taxi on it – an ice cream delivery truck, and a race car (estimate $2,000-$4,000). Perhaps the most unusual shaving mug is the one depicting a carnival horse performing a laudeville-style trick in which the equine spells his name in the sand with his hoof.

Other antique advertising in the sale includes more than 100 lots of Coca-Cola items and many advertising signs, including an ammunition display board for Winchester Repeating Arms Co., estimate $15,000-$25,000. A collection of more than 40 items touting the soda pop brand Orange Crush is led by an extremely rare neon light-up sign estimated at $7,000-$10,000.

Three separate catalogs have been produced for Morphy’s Dec. 10-11, 2010 auction – one for the fine and decorative art session, a second exclusively for the Barbies, and a third devoted to toys, trains, advertising, shaving mugs and coin ops.
All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through Morphy Live or For additional information, call 717-335-3435 or e-mail

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