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CLEVELAND – July 11, 2011 – The Kovels' Top Ten list is based on the results of hundreds of thousands of searches that took place on Kovels' website during June, 2011.

Bottles were a favorite 30 years and have been regaining popularity. Bottle collectors often have pet names for their favorites. Ink bottle collectors use nicknames like cones, teakettles, turtles or umbrellas, names that say some something about an ink bottle's shape.

Ink bottles

Ink bottles are made to be hard to tip over and the shape usually tells the age. Cones and umbrellas were used from the early 1880s to the early 1900s, teakettles were made from about 1825 into the late 1800s, and turtles were introduced in 1865 and were popular in schools until about 1895.

The three ink bottles pictured sold at recent American Bottle and American Glass Galleries auctions. Left to right: a fiery opalescent milk glass teakettle ink, made at the Sandwich glassworks about 1885, sold for $560; a teal green c.1875 turtle ink sold for $1,232; and a sapphire blue umbrella ink, c.1875, sold for $392.

The complete Top 10 for June 2011:

  1. Glass
  2. Furniture
  3. Jewelry
  4. Dolls
  5. Bottles
  6. Clocks
  7. Paintings
  8. Lamps
  9. Bottle Openers
  10. Stoves

The list of top searches tells which items are most popular among collectors. Find more prices here—the free online price guide at—and in our newest book, Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2011.


Terry Kovel has written more than 99 books about collecting, including the best-selling annual price book, Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide. The 2011 guide is now in stores. Terry publishes a subscription newsletter and writes a syndicated newspaper column that appears in many newspapers and digital publications. She and Ralph starred in the weekly HGTV program, Flea Market Finds with the Kovels, and other TV shows. The Kovels website,, offers 800,000 free prices and much information for collectors, including special reports, a weekly emailed letter to collectors, marks and an archive of hundreds informative articles. Since Ralph's death, the Kovel brand has been continued by Terry Kovel and her daughter, Kim Kovel, a collector of '50s and later furnishings.

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