A selection of 130 occupational shaving mugs featuring a special baseball mug once belonging to professional player William J. Kuehne is sure to be a hit among collectors Aug. 10-11, 2012 at Morphy Auctions’ gallery. The mug is just one of more than 1,100 lots of unusual antique advertising and mechanical amusements.
The striking mug features an image of a player sliding into home plate alongside the catcher, with a full baseball diamond and players in the distance. Between 1883 and 1892, Kuehne played infield positions for teams in Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Cincinnati; and he was featured on 11 Old Judge Tobacco cards.
With its crossover appeal to sports memorabilia collectors. Kuehne’s shaving mug is expected to make $6,000-$8,000. Another interesting shaving mug was quite likely a souvenir, as it features the image of the Lake Roland (Md.) Elevated Railway. It is estimated at $1,000-$1,500.
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