Meet Our Experts

Toys/Trains/Sports Memorabilia

Tommy Sage joined forces with Dan Morphy in 2004 to establish Morphy Auctions. Tommy is well known in the industry for his expertise in toys, trains and sports memorabilia. His primary duties are to act as chief operating officer of Dan Morphy Auctions, to gather consignments, provide catalog descriptions, and to represent Dan Morphy Auctions at various shows around the world.Tommy grew up in the antiques trade and attended his first show with his father at the age of six, started selling trains at the age of 12 and ran his first antique shop in the Poconos at the age of 16. It's not surprising that the younger Sage was attracted to the antiques trade at an early age. He recalls, "I was exposed to the business through my father, a long-time dealer, and was able to learn what collectors wanted, how to find it, and who to sell it to." In the 1980s, Tommy relocated to the Adamstown, Pa., area to continue his pursuit of the antiques business. He is now an integral part of Dan Morphy Auctions and brings vast knowledge and experience to the forefront of the company's daily operations.


Soda Pop/Coca-Cola/Advertising

Gary Metz

Gary joined the Morphy Auctions team as our advertising consultant in May of 2006. His primary duties are to gather consignments for the company, with his specialty being in advertising, country store, soda fountain, soda pop, and Coca-Cola. Gary represents Morphy Auctions at shows around the country, and at the gallery, Gary provides catalog descriptions on much of the advertising material in each sale.Since 1988, Gary has been a full-time dealer in the aforementioned categories, and more. In 1991 he established his own auction firm, Muddy River Trading Co., and later, Metz Superlatives Auction, which operated until April of 2006. During his 16+ years in the auction business, he was based in Roanoke, Va., and produced 29 catalog auctions, selling more than $15 million in merchandise for hundreds of satisfied consignors.Although he is out of the business as an owner of an auction house Gary remains active and is known as a highly respected icon of the antiques industry. While he continues to be based in Roanoke, this well-liked expert is an important part of the Morphy Auctions team.


Marbles

Brian Estepp

Brian Estepp joined the Dan Morphy Auctions team as its marble consultant in 2009. His primary duties are to gather consignments for the company, with his specialty being marbles, among other things. Brian also represents Dan Morphy Auctions at shows around the country and provides catalog descriptions and valuations on marbles in all Morphy sales.Brian is well known to marble collectors and has a superb reputation for quality and honesty. Dan Morphy Auctions is pleased to have Brian as part of the team. Watch for him at shows around the country.


Dolls

Jan & Howard Foulke

Jan and Howard Foulke joined the Dan Morphy Auctions team as doll consultants in January of 2009. Their primary duties are to gather consignments, provide catalog descriptions and represent Dan Morphy Auctions at doll shows around the country.Both Jan and Howard had "antiqued" as a hobby. In 1972, they decided to open a small antique shop because of Jan's curiosity about the history of old dolls. Gradually, the stock in their antique shop evolved into a specialty: antique dolls. At this point, they realized there was a need for more accurate and reliable doll information, and their writing and photography careers began.Jan Foulke has written and Howard Foulke has done the photography for the following books: Kestner, King of Dollmakers; Simon & Halbig Dolls, Doll Classics, Focusing on Dolls, Effanbee Composition Dolls, Treasury of Madame Alexander Dolls, Gebruder Heubach Dolls, China Doll Collecting, German "Dolly" Collecting and Doll Buying and Selling. Jan has been a regular contributor to Doll Reader® magazine for 33 years. Her current column is the popular "Antique Q&A."The name Jan Foulke is synonymous with accurate doll information. As the author of 16 editions of the Blue Book of Dolls & Values®, she is the most quoted source in her field of specialty and is the most respected and recognized authority on dolls and doll prices in the world.The Foulkes are a sought-after source in the doll hobby, and Dan Morphy Auctions is proud that they are part of the team.


Fine Art

Patrick Orbe

Noted art dealer Patrick Orbe has joined Morphy Auctions’ team of experts as special consultant to the company’s Fine Art department. In his new position with Morphy’s, Orbe will oversee all fine art consignments, assessing and cataloging works for authenticity, attribution, condition and value. Additionally, he will manage all consignor and buyer relationships that pertain to fine art entrusted to Morphy’s.

Based in Bergen County, New Jersey, Orbe has been an established art dealer in the New York metro area for the past 23 years, advising and selling mostly to a private clientele. He operates his business by appointment only from a gallery space in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. His educational credentials include continuing scholarship at The Art Students League of New York, Pratt Phoenix School of Design, NYU School of Continuing Education, and Bergen Community College (N.J.). 

Orbe’s métier is American and European art of the 19th and 20th centuries, with a particular expertise in Hudson River school, modern period, contemporary and French academic paintings. Orbe also works with living artists who are launching or developing their careers. His stellar network of contacts in the trade includes a number of prestigious galleries.

“We are especially pleased that Patrick has joined our team of experts,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy. “His knowledge and connections will enable us to build a strong Fine Art department, an aspect of our business that is going to become increasingly important to us. Some do not realize that Morphy’s is a full-service auction house with a roundtable of top specialists managing our departments. The only missing link was someone highly knowledgeable in fine art who could handle the influx of art consignments coming to us from estates and other consignors. We found the perfect person for the job in Patrick.”


Coin Op

Larry DeBaugh

Larry joined the Morphy Auction team as their consultant on coin-op and gambling items in the Spring of 2011. Larry’s goal is to correctly represent the items offered for sale by doing thorough, detailed catalog descriptions for all coin-op and gambling items crossing the auction block. “Customers can see the pictures of the items offered, but may not be sure of their condition when bidding via phone or internet so it is imperative to have accurate descriptions to ensure buyer confidence.” Larry, a collector for more than 30 years has one of the largest collections of slot machines, gambling items, machine tokens and literature on the East Coast. He repairs, restores and sells coin-op to collectors all over the world and says “it’s just an out of control hobby.” Morphy Auctions is proud to have such a well-respected representative for our coin-op/ gambling division.


General Antiques/Holiday

John Morphy, M.D.

Dr. John Morphy, a retired physician, was part of the Morphy team long before "the team" ever existed. As the father of Dan Morphy Auctions' CEO, Dan Morphy, Dr. Morphy was the guiding force who sparked and nurtured Dan's interest in the antiques industry. With his knowledge and appreciation of antiques, "Doc," as he is known to one and all, was Dan's most important influence and a constant source of encouragement to his son as he ventured into antiques as a profession.Dr. Morphy's primary duties are to provide catalog descriptions and condition reports, appraise goods and assist with the shipping of items purchased at auction. His expertise developed over 35+ years in the industry and includes, but is not limited to, art glass, fine art, antique toys, country store, holiday and general antiques. He also represents Dan Morphy Auctions at many shows across the country. Dr. Morphy is an integral part of the day-to-day operations at the gallery, and in his free time he is still buys, sells and collects the antiques he has grown to love.


Mechanical Banks

Dan Morphy

Dan Morphy, owner and chief executive officer of Dan Morphy Auctions and founder of the Adamstown Antique Gallery in Denver, Pa., also acts as the mechanical and still bank specialist for the company.Dan grew up in a family of avid collectors, with his retired physician father, John Morphy Sr., and his mother, Janet, constantly encouraging the appreciation of antiques in the home and fostering a love of collecting among their children. "I grew up around antiques and attended many shows and auctions with my dad at a very early age," Dan said. At the age of 10, Morphy started buying still banks through the mail. Within a few years, he was both buying and selling mechanical banks through various sources and meeting collectors who are now among the most revered in the hobby. And while he has bought, sold and collected 30 to 40 different types of antiques over the years, Morphy says it is mechanical banks that have consistently held his fascination.Dan is deeply invested in the day-to-day operations of Dan Morphy Auctions and the antiques industry, and also supports and belongs to many collector clubs. His exceptional knowledge and experience with mechanical banks was shared with the hobby worldwide through the writing and publication of Dan Morphy's Price Guide to Mechanical Banks, which is considered the premier reference in its category.


Kentucky Long Rifles/Antique Firearms

Stephen Hench

Stephen Hench joined the Dan Morphy Auctions team as its rifle and firearms consultant in the spring of 2006. His expertise includes but is not limited to Kentucky long rifles, Colonial period arms, and American furniture from the Colonial and Federal period. Steve's primary functions are to provide catalog descriptions and valuations on all gun-related items, specifically Kentucky long rifles and Colonial period arms.Steve's journey at Dan Morphy Auctions started with a case rental from the gallery and expanded to cataloging and promoting gun-related auction items at specialty shows. Steve is no stranger to the antiques industry, since he started collecting at a very young age after purchasing his first firearm for $15 – a fine-condition Springfield 1863 musket. After realizing the long rifle market's need for restoration and resale opportunities, Steve – then a high school English teacher – started buying and selling high-quality guns and antiques as a hobby. Over the years he has refined his collection by adhering to the credo "keep the best and sell the rest." Steve has been a member of the Kentucky Rifle Association since 1967. For a number of years he served on the KRA's board of directors. Currently he is an active member of the Kentucky Rifle Foundation and works at fundraising for the Kentucky Rifle Association. Steve also belongs to the New England Antique Arms Society and is a life member of the Pennsylvania Antique Gun Collectors Association and the National Rifle Association. He was recently accepted into to the American Society of Arms Collectors and is also working on a book for the Kentucky Rifle Association. Steve has done appraisals for many people, but his most memorable appraisal was for the late Andrew Wyeth. Steve is a published consultant with an impressive history and stellar reputation in the industry. Dan Morphy Auctions is proud to have Steve as a part of the team.


Firearms/Militaria

Michael Vice

Michael Vice joined the Morphy Auctions team as our expert in firearms and militaira in summer 2013. Michael appraises guns, rifles and military-related artifacts for all the Firearm sales. He is the former Gettysburg chief curator. Michael is a Texas native who obtained his B.A. in history from Mississippi State University, and a Master of Arts degree in museum science from Texas Tech University. He undertook further postgraduate studies in military history at Kansas State University and was an honorary research associate at the University of Birmingham’s World I History Centre in Birmingham, England. Additionally, Michael is a graduate of the Seminar for Historical Administration, a nationally recognized museum management and leadership training course sponsored by AAM, AASLH, The Smithsonian, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation. Michael is a Vietnam veteran and retired major in the US Army Reserve, and has spent the past 30+ years in the museum field. Michael co-authored a book titled “Crimean Memories: Artefacts of the Cremean War.” Michael enjoys collecting, researching, restoring and shooting American military longarms made between 1835 and 1890. He is considered a leading expert on the American Civil War and American Indian Wars (1866-1890). Morphy’s is honored to have Michael as the head of our Firearm & Militaria department.


Pressed Steel/Pedal Cars

Tom Hathazy

Tom Hathazy joined the Dan Morphy Auctions team in the winter of 2005 as our pressed steel/pedal car consultant. Tom came highly recommended because of his extensive knowledge of Sturditoy, Buddy ‘L,' Steelcraft, Sonny, Kingsbury and Keystone are obvious from the professional catalog descriptions, conditions and appraisals he provides for our pressed-steel items.Tom's interest in antiques started with his love of antique cars. He had already been an active collector and hobbyist for more than 20 years when he purchased his first piece of pressed steel in the mid-1980s at the Hershey Car Show. Tom was a history teacher whose love of the past turned to the history of the pressed-steel toy companies. His experience with antique car paint restoration and non-original parts became the foundation for his understanding of pressed-steel toys. Over the years he had amassed such an extensive collection that he became active in the business and enjoys bringing new collectors into the hobby to share his love of antiques. Morphy's is pleased to have Tom as a part of the team.


Figural Cast Iron

John & Nancy Smith

John and Nancy Smith joined Dan Morphy Auctions in the spring of 2004 as our figural cast iron consultants. As widely recognized authorities on doorstops and figural cast iron, they provide the catalog descriptions on much of the figural cast iron offered in sales conducted by Dan Morphy Auctions.John and Nancy are the authors of The Doorstop Book - An Encyclopedia of Doorstop Collecting, and have been avid collectors of cast iron, folk art and country Americana for more than 35 years. As dealers trading under the name "American Sampler," they have appeared at major antique shows since 1971 and are always available to answer any questions concerning Dan Morphy Auctions and consignments. John is the founder of the Figural Cast Iron Collectors Club, and both he and Nancy have been members of the Still Bank Collectors Club of America since 1971. Based in Barnesville, Md., John and Nancy are busy exhibiting at shows, updating their Web site, and gathering consignments Dan Morphy Auctions. Dan Morphy Auctions is pleased to have this dynamic duo as a part of the team.


Ephemera

Mike Landis

Mike Landis joined the Dan Morphy Auctions team as an employee in May of 2006. Mike specializes in paper and ephemera, and both he and his wife are active in the industry, both in buying and selling. His primary duties are to gather consignments for the company, provide catalog descriptions, condition reports and appraisals on paper-related consignments; display and coordinate auction items in the gallery, respond to questions e-mailed by customers, and represent Dan Morphy Auctions at shows around the country.The business and history of antiques have kept Mike involved and interested in many aspects of the industry and took him on a journey through various categories of collectibles before he finally settled on paper and ephemera. He has been involved in the antiques industry for 30+ years and will continue to collect, buy and sell for years to come. We are proud to have Mike as a part of the Dan Morphy Auctions team, and hope you will look for him at upcoming shows.


Antique & Modern Silver

Peter Thomson

Peter joined Morphy auctions in 2008 as a consultant cataloguing antique and modern silver, and now heads the silver division. For over fifteen years he acted as a collector's agent and advisor, buying antique silver in London and South- Eastern England for several private collectors, and he continues to keep in contact with the London silver trade. Peter began as a spoon collector in his late teens, with a special interest in silver hallmarks. He has a BA in History and Art History from William & Mary,a Diploma from the Royal Society of Arts in London from the Christies Fine Arts Course, and is a member of the Silver Society (London). He continues to advise private clients on acquisitions of English and American silver, as well as preparing appraisals and inventories.


Advertising

Mike Oskiera

Mike Oskiera joined the Dan Morphy Auctions team as its advertising consultant in June of 2005. He specializes in a wide range of advertising: trays, tins, signs, posters, calendars, displays, country store, etc. His primary duties are to appraise and provide catalog descriptions. Mike also helps to promote Dan Morphy Auctions through personal contacts, business transactions and attending various antique shows throughout the year.He has been collecting and dealing in vintage advertising since 1990. Mike is an active dealer who sets up at several venues each year, including Atlantique City, the Indianapolis Advertising Show, Dan Morphy's York Show and others. Mike has been a frequent visitor to the gallery since it opened in 1997, and he still comes to visit every Sunday. Dan Morphy Auctions is proud to have Mike as a part of the team.