Kovels' searches are often due to news of a record price or an amazing find. It sends collectors off to do research. The Cincinnati Art Museum rediscovered more than 800 old musical instruments that had been stored and forgotten—instruments like a Burmese crocodile zither, a Native American ceremonial raven rattle and a Chinese version of a hammered dulcimer. Since musical collectibles appear on the Top 10 list for the first time (no. 6), collectors with strange instruments must be searching for information.
Much of the milk glass (no. 9) sold today was made after 1950. Best for collectors to buy milk glass pieces from the Victorian era, like the 10-inch milk glass fish-shaped flower trough pictured here. It was made in England in 1885 and it's worth about $75.
At no. 23, is Shirley Temple collectibles. Could it be the TV commercial selling her old movies that is generating interest?
The Top 10 for July 2011:
- Occupied Japan
- Musical Collectibles
- Amber Glass
- Milk Glass
- Red Wing
The list of top searches tells which items are most popular among collectors. Find more prices in the free online price guide at www.Kovels.com—and in our newest book, Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2011.