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The Top 20 list indicates the current interests of collectors who visit the website. During May 2013 antique enthusiasts were busy researching:

  1. Bottle
  2. Occupied Japan
  3. Fenton Glass
  4. Coca-Cola
  5. Capo-di-Monte
  6. Stove
  7. Bavaria
  8. Dresden
  9. McCoy Pottery
  10. Hull
  11. Red Wing
  12. Copeland Spode
  13. Goebel
  14. Bank
  15. Pepsi Cola
  16. Collector Plates
  17. Pressed Glass
  18. Furniture
  19. Belleek
  20. Scale

Two new collectible interests—Belleek (No. 19) and scale (No. 20)—have climbed into May's Top 20 list. Belleek is a light and delicate porcelain with a creamy yellow, sometimes pearly, glaze. It was first made in Ireland in 1857. Several American companies—Ott & Brewer, Ceramic Art Co., Lenox, Willets and others—made a similar eggshell porcelain marked Belleek in the late 1800s and early 1900s. After 1930 the word “Belleek “was no longer used on American wares. It's now used only on pieces made in Ireland. Irish Belleek is easy to date. The marks changed through the years. The differences are explained here.  This 4 1/2-inch Shamrock bowl has the Belleek black "2nd mark," which dates from 1891 to 1926. The bowl sells for $400 in an online shop.

Two auctions in April 2013 featured scales from the common to the scientific. Vintage scales are highly collectible, affordable and easy to display. Collectors search for hanging scales, postal scales, weight scales and balance scales. Antique grocery scales are hot, as are coin-operated floor scales that recorded weight and stood in front of drugstores.

Collectors who search always want to know more about descriptions, marks and prices. and the book, Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide, list thousands of current prices in hundreds of categories that are carefully selected and edited.




#2 scaleslilaclynx 2013-06-06 14:46
Other hot scales are egg scales and gold scales, as well as scales parts such as counter weights and the scoop shaped tin or brass bowls that you could weigh items in such as sugar, flour, coffee, etc.
#1 hartbrewer 2013-06-06 10:43
I would suggest that you do further research into the "after 1930" as after WWI the League of Nations failed and there is "NO Court" with this type of jurisdiction. In 1930 Ireland is still under British rule and does not become a free state until after WWII and in the specified time frame they are not even making Belleek due to economic depression. "Belleek" is an island and a geographic place which cannot be put under patent. Morris Strikow made belleek, with or without capitol letters in the 1950's. The only pottery item out there that is legitimate in name use is Limoges/America n Limoges and note that American Limoges remains in cap. letters. This was State Dept handled, not any court in late 30's.

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