January 2009 Top Twenty

The Kovels' Top Twenty list is based on the results of hundreds of thousands of searches that took place on its website during January, 2009. Occupied Japan remains on top, proving Kovels.com is one of the web's most popular sources for Occupied Japan collectibles prices.New to the Kovels' Top Twenty list is Lefton China. The Lefton Co. was founded in 1941 by George Zoltan Lefton (d. 1996), a Hungarian immigrant who settled in Chicago in 1939. He had a background in marketing and a love of porcelain, and at the end of World War II he began to import giftware from Japan. In the mid-1970s Lefton switched to suppliers in Taiwan, Malaysia and China. Lefton collectors look for vintage cookie jars, figurines, teapots, planters, salt & pepper shakers and holiday items marked with a variety of Lefton stamps or paper labels.This Lefton kitten figurine sold recently in an online shop for $40. It is marked with a foil label used from 1946 to 1953 and the script letter "N" in a circle which stands for Nippon, the Japanese word for Japan.The complete Top Twenty for January 2009 are:

  1. Occupied Japan – No movement from last month
  2. Jewelry – Up from #4
  3. Silver Plate – Up from # 5
  4. Capo-Di-Monte – Up from #7
  5. Stove – Down from #3
  6. World War II – Down from #2
  7. Furniture – Up from #8
  8. Lighter – Up from #12
  9. Royal Bayreuth – Not listed last month
  10. Lladro – Down from #9
  11. Hutschenreuther – Up from #17
  12. Coca-Cola – Down from #6
  13. Josef Originals – Up from #14
  14. Dolls – Not listed last month
  15. Clocks – No movement
  16. Knife – Down from #11
  17. McCoy – Not listed last month
  18. Copeland Spode – Down from #13
  19. Shawnee – Down from #10
  20. Lefton – Not listed last month

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