Kovels’ February 2023 newsletter features modern desks and planters, artist jewelry, bride’s baskets, tin advertising trays and classic design, all with photos and prices.
A retired Mississippi teacher was out on the Pearl River looking for some of his favorite things — old bottles, sea glass and fossils. He found an old bottle and tossed it into his boat. When he got home, he realized he found a treasure of sorts: a message in the bottle, written more than 40 years ago by a 3-year-old child.
Q: What is this? It’s been in my mother’s curved glass-front china cabinet for years. When she passed, I inherited the cabinet along with its contents. It’s 7 1/2 inches high, and the base is 4 7/8 inches wide. It looks like it’s made of brass. The “lampshade” pulls down from the top. I thought it might be some sort of ashtray. Any ideas?
Kovels Antiques, Inc., was founded by Ralph and Terry Kovel. Hailed as “the duke and duchess of the antiques world,” they have written more than 100 books and special reports about collecting. Their bylined column is the longest-running syndicated weekly column in the country, distributed to more than 150 newspapers. Their guides include the annual Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide, which has sold over 4 million copies since its first edition.
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