Kovel's Antiques & Collectibles
It's Memorial Day weekend and time to show off the American flag. Flags will be flying in front yards, businesses and public spaces. Why not hunt for an old or antique flag? They are fairly common at flea markets, antiques stores and auctions. Some are rarer and more valuable than others. This flag sold for a high-flying $256,500 at a recent auction in Philadelphia.
The Top 20 antiques and collectibles searches on Kovels.com during April show collector interest in banks, pressed glass and Goebel. Antique enthusiasts have been busy researching:
- Occupied Japan
- Fenton Glass
- Red Wing
- Pepsi Cola
- Collector Plate
- Pressed Glass
- Copeland Spode
- McCoy Pottery
Do you have a Mod Mom?
Whether her home is a retro time capsule or just sprinkled with some midcentury modern pieces, she'll appreciate this Mother and Child figurine. It was designed in the 1950s by Lisa Larson for the Swedish Gustavsberg factory and sold for $472 at a Stephenson's auction in Pennsylvania.
The first week in May marks National Postcard Week. Think of postcards as emails or text messages that took days or weeks to send. Don't toss that shoebox of old postcards you found in grandma's attic—they tell stories about the past and some can be valuable. This vintage postcard sold for $15 at Lyn Knight Auctions.
The "Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles" May 2013 newsletter is both online and in the mail. Auctions of midcentury modern lamps, American Rococo and Renaissance Revival furniture and art glass bride's baskets are reported—all with color photos, prices and marks.
Get ready! You can see Terry in action THIS WEEKEND as Kovels.com links to live web transmission of the April 25 – April 28 public television auction that benefits our local PBS station, WVIZ in Cleveland. Terry will be auctioning antiques and collectibles from the practical to the priceless on the air at the “X Table” Thursday from 3 PM to 1 AM, and Friday and Sunday from noon to 1 AM.
As collectors we have been “green” for years—ahead of the crowd when it comes to recycling and reusing. If you’re like us, congratulate yourselves for being “correct.”
The Top 20 antiques and collectibles searches on Kovels.com during March 2013 show collector interest in vintage designer purses and pottery.
- Occupied Japan
Going crazy with tax calculations? Get some answers from this vintage tin robot—it's a working adding machine that sold for $1,898 at Auction Team Breker in Germany. Who says doing taxes can't be fun?
Happy Easter and Happy Spring! Vintage candy containers like this pair of rabbits in their Easter finery are festive holiday decorations. The papier-maché pair are 10-inches high and were made in Germany in the early 1900s. They sold together at a Virginia auction for $270.
The Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles April 2013 newsletter is both online and in the mail. Auctions of Midcentury Modern Cocktail Tables, Collectible Bottles and Trade Stimulators are reported—all with color photos, prices and marks.
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Vintage postcards like this one with St. Patrick's Day greetings are available in online shops for about $5 to about $25.
The Top 10 antiques and collectibles searches on Kovels.com during February 2013 show collector interest in toys and games. Here's they are:
We’re “springing forward” this weekend as Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00 a.m. on March 10. Computers, tablets and smart phones adjust the time automatically. But if you have a vintage Mickey Mouse watch or an old clock like the one pictured here, you have to spring forward the old fashioned way—by hand. This clock sold for $1,230 at a Skinner auction.
The Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles March 2013 newsletter is both online and in the mail. Auctions of Vintage Barbie Dolls, Chanel Costume Jewelry and Garden Furnishings are reported—all with color photos, prices and marks.
The Top 20 searches on Kovels.com during January 2013 show collector interest in Bottles, Bavarian china and Copeland Spode. Here's the list:
We celebrate Washington's Birthday this week. This print from the 1890s reminds us of the legend about George Washington chopping down a cherry tree. The print is in an embossed frame picturing cherry branches. The 11-inch frame is backed by an easel stand and hanging loop.
What could be more fun than hunting for valentines? They’re pretty and romantic and very collectible. Fall in love with vintage valentines. Here are some tips to help get your new collection started.
More than 40,000 prices and 2,500 pictures of antiques and collectibles have just been added to the free price guide on Kovels.com. The searchable price guide is a useful tool for buying, selling, or settling an estate.