Diverse collections of antique knives, nautical, Arts & Crafts, and more in Morphy's Jan. 22 auction An incredibly diverse array of collections will be offered Jan. 22 at Morphy Auctions, including antique knives, pocket watches, Bakelite, Arts & Crafts, British Coronation and nautical antiques.
News-Antique.com - Jan 13,2011 - There’s a definite “edge” to Dan Morphy’s Jan. 22, 2011 auction of general antiques. The sale features several longtime collections, one of which is a 50-year assemblage of vintage pocketknives.
This collection includes a fine assortment of German, English and American knives crafted of bone, metal and mother-of-pearl. Some of the hilts include a late-19th-century Ulster knife, a G. H. Gebr., Hollweg’s patent cam lock ring opener pearl whittler, and a Sportsman knife dating to the late 1890s.
Other unusual entries include a 1920s Coca-Cola bartender knife, a “Presto” made by Schrade Knife Co., and a German Gravity knife. The selection is rounded out nicely by a selection of knives by the companies Buck and Case.
Following the knives, Morphy’s will present a seasoned collection of more than 150 pocket watches. Among the manufacturers represented are Elgin, Boss, Waltham and Irvine. The horological section of the sale also features a number of 14K and 18K gold watches, plus a few repeaters in working condition.
The rich colors and whimsical artistry of Bakelite jewelry will be on display in this sale, with highlights including a Witch on Broom pin, a Peppers brooch, an End-Of-Day bracelet, and a large carved Feather brooch. Collectors who seek out Bakelite “arm candy” will find their sweet tooth well satisfied with the excellent assortment of bracelets in a rainbow of colors.
A desirable selection of ivory includes two exquisitely detailed Asian nudes known as “doctor’s ladies” and multiple pairs of ornately carved figures.
Part two of an outstanding Arts & Crafts collection consigned to Morphy’s is replete with fine pottery, tiles and textiles. Within the offering are top-quality pieces by Rookwood, Roseville, Grueby and Mosaic Tile Co. Adding European flavor is a collection of steins, including examples of Mettlach and Mustershultz.
All hands will be on deck for the extensive collection of vintage nautical-related items. The grouping includes paper items, signs, models, life rings and many other unique pieces. Some of the key lots include a 10-foot Caronia model ship, and life rings from historical boats such as the Caledonian, the Lusitania and the Meriwether Lewis.
The 702-lot auction will conclude with a regal procession of Coronation-related items. The collection includes some beautiful Royal Doulton loving cups, textiles, brass pieces, and early china and tins with images of British Sovereigns and Royal Family members.
Join Morphy's for this exciting auction event at the Morphy Auctions gallery on the Adamstown antiques strip in Denver, Pa., or bid absentee, by phone, or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place through Morphy Live of LiveAuctioneers.com.
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Ceremonial “life” ring from the ship Caledonia Castle, one of dozens of antique and vintage ship rings from a collection to be auctioned Jan. 22 at Morphy’s. Image courtesy of Morphy Auctions.