Advertising & Antique Safes

March 30

Antique advertising and general store antiques line up for Morphy’s March 30 auction

Featured highlight: The Guy Zani Jr. collection of antique safes

Morphy’s 700-lot March 30 Advertising & General Store Auction brings together 700 lots of colorful antique amusements, including a remarkable collection of rare, primarily 19th-century safes. Many popular genres of advertising are represented, including tobacco, alcoholic beverages, Coca-Cola and other soft drinks.

The sale will open with 125 lots of occupational shaving mugs, a category that has grown organically as a staple in Morphy’s advertising sales. One of the top lots depicts a man walking up the steps of a lighthouse and is estimated at $3,000-$5,000. Another choice mug, dated 1927, is known as “First Flight.” As the name implies, its graphics are of a man piloting a primitive Wright Bros.-style bi-plane over the countryside. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000.

Immediately following the mugs, Morphy’s will present the Guy Zani Jr collection of more than 80 antique safes. Zani’s 25-year quest to amass the finest and most elusive models resulted in an exceptional collection that includes such coveted types as salesman’s samples, mini cannonballs, Hobnails, money chests, safes in wood cabinets, small personal safes, brothel/boudoir and pedestaled parlor safes. Several of the safes have never before been seen in public or offered at a public auction....... view full story


Auction Starts at 10am ET

1 - 100           10:00 AM

101 - 200        11:00 AM

201 - 300        12:00 PM

301 - 400          1:00 PM

401 - 500          2:00 PM

501 - 600          3:00 PM

601 - 696          4:00 PM


Preview Highlights

Featuring over 100 Antique Safes from the Guy Zani Jr. Collection.

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