Morphy Auctions' Automobilia And Petroliana Sale Set For Feb. 22

Auction To Feature Collections Of Signage, Advertising, And Ephemera From Historical, Legacy, And Modern Brands

February 9, 2018

Morphy Auctions is excited to announce its Automobilia and Petroliana Auction to be held on Thursday, Feb. 22. The auction will begin promptly at 9 a.m. All merchandise from this sale is on display in Morphy's Pennsylvania auction gallery and available for preview.
This sale hits the road with great examples of antique advertising from tire and car parts manufacturers. Lot #28, an early, double-sided Vacuum Cup Tires porcelain keyhole sign, is estimated at $6,000-$9,000. This black, yellow, and white sign is decorated with a close-up image of the company's treads and has very good color and gloss. Lot #317, a United Motors Service diecut porcelain arrow sign, gets right to the point with its $5,000-$8,000 estimate. This hard-to-find black and orange example is decorated with an antique car and simply glows with excellent color and gloss throughout. And lot #255, a new old stock Racine Tires double-sided tin flange sign, is estimated at $2,500-$3,500. It is in excellent condition with incredible color and gloss and is marked "Shonk Litho Company, Chicago."
The selections of signage featuring oil brands in this sale truly strike black gold. Both tin and porcelain examples are on offer. Lot #218, a highly sought-after blue, white, orange, and yellow Harbor Petroleum Products porcelain sign decorated with a seaplane, is estimated at $20,000-$40,000. This double-sided die-cut version is much rarer than single-sided examples, which appear at auction far more often. Lot #167, a Red Crown and Polarine Summer or Winter double-sided tin sign from 1913, is estimated at $18,000-$25,000. This stunning example is decorated with period graphics including two early cars and two attractive women at the wheel and is maker marked "Passaic Metal Ware Co. Passaic, NJ." According to catalogers, "This is one of the nicest examples of this sign you will find." Also certain to take flight is lot #29, a Sinclair Aircraft double-sided porcelain sign, estimated at $7,5000-$12,500. This round, red, white, and black example - one of the most sought-after signs amongst gas and oil enthusiasts - shows excellent color and gloss throughout and includes an original metal ring. And lot #123, a Husky Gasoline Service porcelain shield sign, is another dog-gone outstanding highlight in this category. Estimated at $10,000-$15,000, this double-sided example features a life-like and energetic dog leaping over a rising sun.
Now it's time to get behind the wheel of fantastic signage highlights from automobile manufacturers. All are maker marked "Walker Sign Co." and are certain to get collectorsÂ’ engines revving. Lot #5, a round, double-sided Oldsmobile Service porcelain sign, is estimated at $6,000-$10,000. This incredibly fine red, white, blue, and yellow example with a central crest decoration shows near perfect color and gloss throughout. Lot #219, a round Pontiac Authorized Service double-sided porcelain sign, is estimated at $6,000-$9,000. This rare red, white, and blue example is decorated with the profile of an Indian; both sides have incredible color and gloss throughout. And lot #31, round double-sided Dependable Dodge Service porcelain sign, is estimated at $3,000-$4,500. This black, red, and white example is decorated with an arrow and shows excellent gloss and color throughout the field on both sides.
Early meters, air hoses, and other early service station memorabilia also feature prominently in this sale. It's easy to get pumped up over lot #83, a red Eco Tireflator Air Meter Model 46, estimated at $7,000-$10,000. This restored example lights up when plugged in and has a water nozzle along its backside. It is marked "Service Station Equipment Co. Conshohocken PA USA." And lot #82, a beautifully restored Air Scale Model JR. Junior with air hose, is estimated at $5,000-$8,000. All of its striping and "Air" letters are painted, not decals, and its face and brass tags are in excellent condition. It is marked "The Air Scale Co. Toledo OH USA."
This sale comes full circle with fine examples of neon signs, globes and lenses, as well as hybrid antique advertising. Lot #96, the Petroleum Products Co. Kansas Made Dog-on Good Gasoline globe illustrated with an irresistible black Scotty dog, is estimated at $12,000-$20,000. According to catalogers and other industry experts, this is possibly the only known true example of this globe in existence. It was found in a Bulk Plant in the 1970s in Chanute, Kan., and held by one owner since then. Lot #6, a Ford Service porcelain neon arrow sign, is estimated at $6,000-$12,000. This single-side example is housed on a nicely made can and makes an incredible display; its field and lettering are all in excellent condition with great color and gloss. And lot #54, a Coca-Cola Gas Today embossed tin sign with a chalkboard and bottle graphic, is truly the real thing. Estimated at $8,000-$12,000, this single-sided 1926 tin sign shows little to no wear whatsoever and is maker marked "W.F.R." According to catalogers, this amazing piece "is one of the finest examples of this sign we have ever seen."
"This fantastic sale offers enthusiasts an amazing array of car and gas memorabilia from the most sought-after brands. We are again excited and honored to welcome customers from around the world to this sale, which is certain to live up to our solid reputation as leaders in these important categories. It is possible that my favorite lot in the sale is the absolutely stunning 1913 Red Crown and Polarine Summer Or Winter tin sign. It's interesting to see that is decorated with women and steering wheels, given that it was not until the mid-1920s that women drivers in America were a relatively common occurrence. We welcome you to visit our gallery in Denver, Pa., to view these outstanding items firsthand or, of course, check them out online anytime at,” said Dan Morphy.
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