The Kovels' Top Ten list is based on the results of hundreds of thousands of searches that took place on Kovels' website during August, 2011.
The Top 10 for August 2011:
Occupied Japan is again the top search item. Perhaps it's because a 10,000-piece collection of Occupied Japan is going on sale October 8 in the Occupied Japan Collector Club newsletter, "The Upside Down World of an O.J. Collector." The collection includes bird cages, chairs, clocks, lacquer ware, lamps, lobster baskets, sewing baskets, tables, wall plaques and of course, many types of pottery and porcelain. The newsletter also shows other purchases by club members that include a wooden crate, a box of tea, a coin changer, a leather briefcase, a syringe and most unusual, a chiropractic massager in a box.
It's not just ceramics and toys that had to be marked Occupied Japan; between 1945 and 1952, factories had to mark "Occupied Japan" or "Made in Occupied Japan" on all products meant for export.
This scottie dog pin made of celluloid and is marked "Occupied Japan" on the back. It sells for $45 in an online shop.
The list of top searches tells which items are most popular among collectors. Find more Occupied Japan prices here—the free online price guide at www.Kovels.com—and in our newest book, Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2012.