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CLEVELAND – September 12, 2011 – 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 in the free online price guide at www.Kovels.com—and in our newest book, Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2012.
Terry Kovel has written 100 books about collecting, including the best-selling annual price book, Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide. The 2012 guide will be in stores in August. Terry publishes a subscription newsletter and writes a syndicated newspaper column that appears in more than 150 newspapers and digital publications. She and Ralph starred in the weekly HGTV program, "Flea Market Finds with the Kovels." The Kovels website, Kovels.com, offers 800,000 free prices and other information for collectors, including books, special reports, a weekly emailed letter to collectors, marks and an archive of other informative material. Since Ralph's death in 2008, the Kovel brand has been continued by Terry Kovel and her daughter, Kim Kovel.
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