William J. Kuehne baseball shaving mug could whip up $8,000

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.

Occupational shaving mug that belonged to William J. Kuehne, professional baseball player from 1883 to 1892. Offered with original Old Judge
Tobacco card and two early cabinet cards, each depicting Kuehne. Estimate $6,000 to $8,000.

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.

Tire poster

This rare 1920 Fisk Tires paper poster, with art by Maxfield Parrish, is expected to bring $500 to $800 at auction.

Coca-Cola bottle lamp

This scarce 1920s Coca-Cola bottle lamp, 20¼ in., is expected to sell for between $6,000 and $9,000.

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.

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