The Kovels' Top Twenty list is based on the results of hundreds of thousands of searches that took place on its website during May, 2009. Occupied Japan is still on top, proving Kovels.com is one of the web's best sources for Occupied Japan collectibles prices.
New to the Kovels' Top Twenty list this month is Bossons. W.H. Bossons, Limited, operated in Congleton, England from 1946 to 1996. Collectors have been on the hunt for information and prices on their character wall masks (heads), plaques, figurines and other decorative pieces.
The Highwayman on the wall mask shown here is also on the hunt—for your money or your life! The word "highwayman" refers to robbers who traveled on horseback from the 17th to 19th centuries. They would lie in wait for coaches on the roads out of London The poet Alfred Noyes wrote about the "French cocked hat on his forehead" and "a bunch of lace at his chin" as he came "riding, riding, riding." This Bossons Highwayman sold for $52 in an online auction.
The complete Top Twenty for May 2009 are:
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Ran on June 3, 2009