The November 2012 “Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles” newsletter is now available in print and online.
A button from the 1960 presidential campaign that pitted John F. Kennedy against Richard M. Nixon sold for $806 and was the most expensive presidential campaign pin in a “Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles” sale report—part of the just-published November 2012 issue. The 4-inch celluloid pinback pictures John Kennedy and reads, “America Needs Kennedy.” Thousands of political buttons, ribbons, posters and odds and ends were in the sale. An extraordinary collection of Shaker furniture sold at a fall auction. Pictures and prices of some of the best pieces are shown in Kovels’ November newsletter. Top seller was a 7-foot trestle table that sold for over $198,000, while a Shaker sister’s cupboard went for $122,850. Glass collectors know that Plated Amberina, a shaded art glass made in the late 1880s, always commands high prices. A five-piece Plated Amberina water set—a pitcher and 4 tumblers—sold for a whopping $21,850 at another recent auction. Photos, descriptions and prices of Plated Amberina and other types of colored art glass are in “Kovels’ on Antiques and Collectibles” November newsletter.
Kovels’ November newsletter also reports on Japanese netsukes—miniature works of art in ivory or wood that were used as toggles on cords that held money pouches for Japanese men. Figures of animals and people made at potteries in Staffordshire, England, are also featured, as well as metal sculptures—a tennis player, a javelin thrower, and others—made in the 1930s by artists at the Hagenauer workshop in Vienna. November’s Dictionary of Marks shows marks found on Staffordshire figurines and Terry Kovel goes “on the road” to an antiques show in Ohio. Regular monthly features are here, too—the popular illustrated Collector’s Gallery has answers to readers’ questions about dollhouse furniture, an old food press and a couple of advertising posters. The Buyer’s Price Guide lists current prices of dozens of antiques and collectibles.