The Guy Zani, Jr. Safe Collection – Provenance Note Morphy 3-30-2013

The Guy Zani, Jr. Safe Collection

Guy Zani Jr has found a “safe harbor” at Morphy Auctions, where his remarkable collection of more than 80 rare antique safes will be auctioned on Saturday, March 30, 2013. Zani’s 25-year quest to amass the finest and most elusive models resulted in a premier collection that includes such coveted examples as salesman’s samples, mini cannonballs, Hobnails, money chests, safes in wood cabinets, small personal safes, and coveted [...] Click here to continue reading.



Dr. John Stith Pemberton (1831 to 1888), an Atlanta pharmacist, invented Coca-Cola in 1886. A year earlier, he had introduced an alcoholic beverage called “Pemberton’s French wine coca”, but the temperance movement was then gathering momentum in the United States, prompting him to develop an alcohol-free product. Pemberton mixed a combination of lime, cinnamon, coca leaves, and kola nuts to make the famous beverage. When Coca-Cola was first introduced, the syrup was mixed [...] Click here to continue reading.

Hires Root Beer, Googly Eyed Man

Hires Root Beer

While traveling in 1875, Charles E. Hires, a Philadelphia pharmacist, first tasted root beer. Root beer, traditionally made with sassafras, was a popular “small beer” or low-alcoholic drink in the colonial era, and was becoming popular in an alcohol-free format. While root beer has a long history, it has a wide range of recipes that call for everything from birch bark to vanilla, molasses to juniper berries, so Hires set out [...] Click here to continue reading.

The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. James Grievo – Provenance-Pook May 2012

The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. James Grievo, Stockon, New Jersey

It all started around 1971. Just home from college and having a difficult time finding a job, I started going to house tag sales where I would find small interesting things to sell to antique dealers. It was something I really enjoyed doing, and 1 was amazed I was making real money for the first time. I soon realized that this was [...] Click here to continue reading.

Landers, Frary & Clark Coffee Grinder

Landers, Frary & Clark Coffee Grinders & Mills

Landers, Frary & Clark of New Britain, Connecticut was a prolific producer of household goods. Incorporated in 1865, the company was successful and prosperous for nearly 100 years. Coffee grinder production began in the mid-1870′s. Key patents by Rudolphus Webb in 1875 and 1878 helped to get that business off to a fast start. Later patents kept new and highly popular coffee mill models coming for [...] Click here to continue reading.

Enterprise Manufacturing Co.

Enterprise Manufacturing Co.

The Enterprise Manufacturing Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was primarily a hardware manufacturer known for its coffee mills and domestic devices such as cherry pitters and apple peelers. Taking advantage of the 100-year milestone in America’s history, and the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition of 1876, the company produced a number of souvenir banks that depicted patriotic landmarks, such as Independence Hall. The company continued to manufacture banks after the exposition until the late 1800′s.

Judd Manufacturing Co.

Judd Manufacturing Co. – Banks

Morton Judd established the Judd Manufacturing Company of Wallingford, Connecticut in 1830. In 1855, his three sons joined him in business and the company’s name was changed to M. Judd & Sons. It was during this time that the company became well known for their still and mechanical bank production. Judd banks were usually finished in a brown or maroon lacquer and were washed in a green coloring. In [...] Click here to continue reading.

Estate of Joseph Stanley

Estate of Joseph Stanley

For more than 200 years, residents and visitors passing in and out of New Hope, PA along Old York Road have scene a handsome high-walled mansion on the hill. Built between 1816 and 1823, Cintra was the dream of William Maris, a romantic and financially reckless entrepreneur who modeled his grand residence on a Portuguese castle of the same name.

For twenty-three years, the interior of the New [...] Click here to continue reading.

Gray, Thomas A.

Thomas A. Gray

Tom Gray of Old Salem, North Carolina is an heir of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company family fortune. A graduate of the Winterthur program in Early American Culture, Tom curated the corporate collection of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. He partnered with his mother, Anne Pepper Gray, to found the Old Salem Toy Museum. Gray has a long association with the Old Salem Inc. historic restoration, including vice president [...] Click here to continue reading.

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