Martin & Bros Wally Bird estimated at $15,000 with Morphy Auctions

A rare sized example of the highly collectible Martin & Bros Wally Bird tobacco jar is set to highlight Morphy Auctions' August 30-31 sale in Denver.

Martin Bros Wally Bird tobacco jar
The Wally Birds may be grotesque, but are highly collectible

The grotesque tobacco jars have become famous with collectors, and are very much sought after by tobacciana collectors. The current example is estimated at $13,000-15,000.

R W Martin, founder of the company, was known for his avian designs, yet the sale also includes a 24-inch tall pitcher of an Eskimo in a full-length, hooded cloak. Made in 1903, it is valued at $10,000-12,000.

More unusual highlights of the sale is a 1848 parade hate used by a Philadelphia fire company in the Germantown parade. Reading "Hose 1" it is estimated at $8,000-12,000.

There is a fantastic selection of fire brigade memorabilia on offer, with ornate leather fire buckets estimated at $1,500-2,000.

African-Americana is represented by an early 20th century statue of an African boy with a baton, which is expected to sell for $2,000-3,000.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has some exceptional antique furniture for sale.

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