Toys, advertising star at Morphy’s Dec. 6-8 sale

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions’ Dec. 6-8 sale features 2,400 lots of antique toys, advertising and general-store items and coin-ops, plus fine and decorative art. Within the specialty categories are two long-held collections of Mr. Peanut memorabilia and arcade machines displayed at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, as well as more than 100 lots of toy trains.

trolley.jpgFine-art lots led by a quintessential Guy Carleton Wiggins oil painting of a wintry scene on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan titled The Public Library (estimate $15,000-$20,000). Other noted artists whose works are entered in the sale include George Morland, James Montgomery Flagg, Paul C. Stahr and Hudson River-school painter Bayard Henry Tyler. An unusual piece in this portion of the sale is a large and heavy decorative tile from a Coney Island bathhouse.

More than 100 lots of decorative art will be offered, including fine porcelain, a collection of Japanese and Chinese cloisonne, silver vases, bowls and service pieces, Tiffany and Steuben art glass, small salts and desk accessories. greenaway.jpgA selection of more than 225 silver figural napkin rings also is included, with highlights being a draped cherub riding a bicycle, a Kate Greenaway lady on toboggan, a Civil War soldier with rifle, and a Victorian baseball player by Pairpoint (estimate $3,500-$5,000).

Figural napkin ring, Greenaway girls climbing ladder, marked Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., $3,500-$5,000.

Planter’s Peanuts items include a 1930s Mr. Peanut Roaster Rider figure that’s 5 feet tall (estimate $5,000-$7,000) and two 1930s Mr. Peanut blinker figures made of an early type of resin. One lights up red in its eyes and mouth, and has its original box. The other, which is 4 feet tall, was made by Ole King Cole Co. and is one of only two known. It’s estimated at $15,000-$25,000.

fur-sign.jpgAmong antique advertising lots is a circa-1890, double-sided Alaska Fur Co. sign realistically depicting a gold seal. With all original scrollwork brackets and hardware, the sign measures 5 feet wide by 5 feet high.

Alaska Fur Co. trade sign, circa 1890, with mounting bracket, $50,000-$100,000.

More than 500 toys of all types will cross the auction block, plus more than 100 select marbles from a private collection, and between 75 and 100 cast-iron banks. Among the mechanicals are examples of the Boy Scout, Santa at Chimney, and Punch & Judy. Still banks include Two-faced Devil and Black Man on a Bale of Cotton.

All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through eBay Live Auctions. A fully illustrated color catalog may be purchased for $45 postpaid ($50 postpaid to overseas addresses). An electronic version of the catalog may be viewed at or For additional information, call 717-335-3435 or e-mail