The April 2013 Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles newsletter is now available in print and online.
Midcentury modern cocktail tables from the 1950s and '60s with sleek lines and geometric shapes are featured in the just-published April 2013 issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles. Tables made of glass, metals and wood, by or attributed to major designers, sold at a West Palm Beach Florida auction, where prices ranged from under $1,000 to over $40,000. Bottle collecting has been growing in popularity again and collectors are always on the hunt for interesting shapes and colors. See pictures and prices of antique soda, mineral water, ale and wine bottles in shades of mellow yellow, olive green and deep blue that sold at a Connecticut auction. Countertop gaming machines called "trade stimulators" tempted bidders' skill and luck at a Las Vegas auction. Kovels' newsletter antes up more information about trade stimulators, along with descriptions and selling prices.
Learn about painted ladies made of porcelain that were once stitched on fancy pincushions or attached to skirts that could cover pots of tea. Collectors call them half-dolls and more than 100 sold at a Maryland doll auction. Nineteenth-century cribbage boards are also featured, as well as firkins—small wooden buckets considered "folk art" by collectors—sold at a winter auction in Massachusetts.
Terry Kovel's granddaughter went "on the road" to review the Lincoln Road Market in Miami Beach. Auctioneer, Bill Morford, comments on what's happening in the world of advertising collectibles. Regular monthly features are here, too—April’s Dictionary of Marks lists marks on half-dolls and the Buyer’s Price Guide lists current prices of dozens of antiques and collectibles. The popular illustrated Collector’s Gallery has answers to readers’ questions about a cottage ware tea set, a Waterbury "Steamer" clock, an antique Wave Crest comb and brush case and a Buddy L toy convertible.