Auction of the Week: Morphy Auctions Advertising & General Store Sale December 12, 2018
Our featured auction this week is Morphy Auctions Antique Advertising and General Store sale, which takes place in Denver, Pennsylvania on December 12. Here are ten of our favourite lots on offer.
Wonder Cycles Embossed Tin Advertising Sign
Estimate: $800 - $1,500
A highly unusual double-sided tin advertising sign for Wonder Cycles, and brand of racing bicycle made by the French manufacturer Ravat from 1910 until 1954.
1906 Squire's Pig Tin Advertising Sign
Estimate: $800 - $1,600
An antique sign advertising John P. Squire & Company, one of America's biggest pork producers during the 19th century.
Founded in Boston in 1842, the company grew to employ over 1,500 workers, with sales across the U.S totalling $15 million by the 1890s. The company was acquired in the 1930s by Swift, a Chicago-based meatpacking company, and eventually closed down in the 1950s.
Hereford Brothers Clothing Die-Cut Tin Advertising Sign
Estimate: $700 - $1,400
A vintage die-cut tin advertising sign for the Hereford Brothers clothing company of Fayetteville, Tennessee.
The sign is believed to have been produced by the Ithaca Sign Works company in New York.
Colgate's Talcum Powder Advertising Flange Sign
Estimate: $1,200 - $2,500
An extremely rare flange sign advertising Colgate’s Cashmere Bouquet Talcum Powder.
Colgate launched the Cashmere Bouquet line of products, including talc powder and perfumed soap, in 1872, and continued to produce them until selling the brand in 1995.
Red Goose Shoes Cast Iron String Dispenser
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
A cast iron string dispenser made circa 1915, advertising the brand Red Goose Shoes. A ball of string is contained inside, and can be dispensed from the goose's beak.
Gund Brewing Co. Tin Litho Sign
Estimate: $1,200 - $2,400
An antique tin litho advertising sign entitled 'A Wisconsin Deer Hunt: The Return', which depicts a group of hunters enjoying a Gund's beer in the wilderness.
The Gund Brewery was established in Cleveland, Ohio in 1900, and operated until state-wide Prohibition came into force in 1919, when the Gund family moved their money into coffee production.
Gem Damaskeene Razor Wooden Advertising Clock
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
An antique advertising clock, featuring a cartoon illustration of a father shaving whilst holding an apparently furious baby.
The clock was produced by the Gem Cutlery Co. of New York, to promote their range of Damaskeene Razors which were launched in 1912.
Dr. Lesure's Famous Remedies Veterinary Cabinet
Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000
An oak cabinet dating from the early 1900s, used on general store and veterinary counter-tops to advertise Dr. Lesure's Famous Remedies.
The Dr. Lesure Remedy Company was based in Keene, New Hampshire, and was one of the most prominent medicine suppliers for livestock owners, with a particular with a focus on equestrian supplies.
Coca-Cola Slow School Zone Embossed Tin Curb Sign
Estimate: $2,500 - $4,500
This life-sized tin crossing guard sign was manufactured by Coca-Cola in the 1950s.
The signs were prominently placed near schools warning drivers to slow down – meaning the company could claim they were looking out for children's safety, whilst advertising Coke directly at them every day.
24K Pure Gold San Miguel Brewing Co. Life Size Beer Can
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
A unique, life-sized San Miguel beer can made in 24K pure gold, originally presented as an award by the San Miguel Brewing Co. during a ceremony in Hong Kong.
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