This article was originally published in Antique Trader
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DENVER, Pa. – A selection of 130 occupational shaving mugs featuring a special baseball mug once belonging to professional player William J. Kuehne is sure to be a hit among collectors Aug. 10-11, 2012 at Morphy Auctions’ gallery. The mug is just one of more than 1,100 lots of unusual antique advertising and mechanical amusements.
The striking mug features an image of a player sliding into home plate alongside the catcher, with a full baseball diamond and players in the distance. Between 1883 and 1892, Kuehne played infield positions for teams in Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Cincinnati; and he was featured on 11 Old Judge Tobacco cards.
With its crossover appeal to sports memorabilia collectors. Kuehne’s shaving mug is expected to make $6,000-$8,000. Another interesting shaving mug was quite likely a souvenir, as it features the image of the Lake Roland (Md.) Elevated Railway. It is estimated at $1,000-$1,500.
The Aug. 10 session features the 50-year music box collection of Peter V. Fritsch of Kutztown, Pa. The assemblage of more than 30 music machines consists mainly of American productions, with highlights including a Regina 27-inch automatic changer ($16,000-$18,000); a Regina 15 1/2-inch automatic changer ($14,000-$18,000); and a Symphonium wood-cased hall clock ($10,000-$12,000).
More than 250 general store lots – including showcases and signs – will be offered, including a rare circa-1880s Perry Davis Pain Killer tin sign. Lithographed with busy, colorful images of people performing different tasks to produce a bottle of the pain medicine, the sign carries an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000. Also within the grouping of signs is a 1914-1915 Buffalo Bill Wild West Show poster estimated at $2,000 to $3,000.
From a Philadelphia pharmacy that closed years ago comes a collection of more than 80 apothecary antiques, including apothecary jars, candy jars and show globes. A mint-condition 24-inch apothecary jar with Greek key motif is estimated at $2,000 to $3,000, while a rare teardrop-shape jar could bring $2,500 to $4,000.
More than 50 coin-operated machines will open the Saturday session. A dual vending machine that dispenses both Chiclets chewing gum and Stollwerck chocolate leads the group. In untouched condition with beautiful porcelain panels, the machine could reach $10,000 to $15,000.
For more details visit Morphy Auctions.