Morphy’s will display over 1,100 premium billboards, gas pumps and globes, and rail rarities at Automobilia, Petroliana and Railroadiana auctions October 3-4
DENVER, Pennsylvania, September 29, 2021 / PRNewswire / – An Exciting Lineup of Antique and Vintage Automobilia, Petroliana and Railroadiana Has Gotten to Work and Ready to Cross the Auction Block at Morphy’s Lancaster County, Pennsylvania gallery on Sunday and Monday October 3 and 4. All forms of remote auctions will be available to those unable to attend in person, including live via the Internet through Morphy Live.
More than 1,100 high quality lots will be offered, including 471 gasoline / oil signs, 59 gas pumps and 53 globes; 40 boxes of branded products, and much more. A highlight of the October 4 session is a private collection of approximately 50 breathtaking neon signs led by two different designs touting Mohawk gasoline and a 134 inch long porcelain torpedo sign. Bob McDorman Chevrolet, a legendary Ohio dealer founded in 1965. In addition, there are 397 lots of golden age railroadiana that cover the full range of functional items such as colored glass lanterns, locomotive steam whistles and ornate fire gongs. rare and immaculate panels depicting historic railway lines.
Most of the colorful petroleum panels in the October sale come from collections created decades ago. Absent bidders are already lining up to compete for a double-sided pewter, cookie-cutter, Bruinoil and Bruin Gasoline flanged sign with the image of a fierce bear with its mouth open. The 1920s sign was produced for Butler Oil Co., of Butler, Dad., and based on its exemplary condition, probably comes from new / old stock. Estimate: $ 35,000–$ 50,000.
A double-sided advertising sign for the Good Gulf Gasoline & Supreme Auto Oil gas station has an attractive primitive look that collectors really crave. In an unusual black and red color scheme, it has clear, clean milk glass lettering on either side and lights up beautifully. Estimate: $ 25,000–$ 50,000
Morphy’s gallery is radiant with neon colors from a stellar selection of signs advertising various car manufacturers, gasoline brands, service and parts retailers and gas stations. At the head of the group is a fantastic circular neon Mohawk Gasoline porcelain gas station featuring a brave Native American, mounted on its original cast metal stand. Manufactured in the 1930s for Mohawk Oil Co., of Bakersfield California, he is in a condition of 9.0+ and estimated to be $ 80,000–$ 120,000. Another Mohawk neon sign, double-sided with a ball shape, is on target to hit $ 20,000–$ 35,000.
A statement piece for any cellar or collector’s hobby room, a huge double-sided porcelain “torpedo” neon sign for Bob McDorman Chevrolet dealer at Ohio features a beautifully illuminating bright pink neon on either side. Estimate: $ 25,000–$ 40,000.
Those who like movement with their neon might steer their bidding towards a porcelain and neon United Service Motors advertising sign that depicts an early open-top car in profile. When the sign is activated, the neon around the car’s tires “spins”, giving the illusion of a moving car. Estimate: $ 20,000–$ 40,000
A very rare Wayne Boyle Dayton model The # 1950 clock face fuel pump in excellent condition, with a milk glass dial on both sides, is ready to strike $ 15,000–$ 30,000. A highly desirable 1930s Marland Aviation gasoline (Ponca City, Oklahoma.) the spherical lens of the fuel pump representing a single-engine airplane in flight is cataloged with a $ 15,000–$ 20,000 estimate, while a lens created for the venerable Oklahoma the Kerr McGee Oil Industries / Sooner Supreme Products brand could establish itself in the $ 15,000–$ 25,000 range.
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