What are the most popular collectibles? Those that cost the most? Those that are in the headlines the most? Or those that are interesting enough to make someone search the Internet for information? Kovels.com examined their most searched-for items of 2013 and took a look back to a Top 20 list from 2001.
In 2013, antiques enthusiasts were busy researching: (1) China, (2) Book, (3) Bottle, (4) Lamp, (5) Doll, (6) Toy, (7) Milk Glass, (8) Cookie Jar, (9) Occupied Japan, (10) Fenton, (11) Carnival Glass, (12) Pottery, (13) Furniture, (14) Roseville, (15) Vase, (16) Depression Glass, (17) Plate, (18) Limoges, (19) Coca-Cola, (20) Delft.
The Top 20 searches of 2001: (1) China, (2) Dinnerware, (3) Furniture, (4) Book, (5) Doll, (6) Figurine, (7) Carnival glass, (8) Plate, (9) Toy, (10) Bottle, (11) Roseville, (12) Glass, (13) Porcelain, (14) Avon, (15) Cookie Jar, (16) Depression Glass, (17) Hummel, (18) Vase, (19) Lamp, (20) Clock.
*China is on top of both lists, referring to both the country of China and the type of ceramic.
*Other categories that show up on both 2001 and 2013 lists show top collector interest in books, bottles, Carnival glass, cookie jars, Depression glass, dolls, furniture, lamps, plates, Roseville, toys and vases.
*Coca-Cola, Delft, Fenton, Limoges, milk glass, Occupied Japan and pottery were not mentioned in 2001, but are popular today.
*Collectibles favored in 2001 but less popular in 2013 are Avon, clocks, dinnerware, figurines, glass, Hummels, and porcelain.
Experts agree that there has been new interest the past 12 years in advertising collectibles; 1950s furniture, as well as Scandinavian and Italian furniture; art pottery, with renewed interest in Roseville; and mid-twentieth century accessories, like modern silver from the U.S., Mexico, and Denmark. There’s also huge interest now in costume jewelry, vintage toys and things made of iron like doorstops and bottle openers. Sports memorabilia like baseball cards have less collector interest. So have Royal Doulton figurines and much antique wooden “brown” furniture. Interest has changed from Currier and Ives prints from the 1800s to photographs. And there is a group of enthusiastic technology collectors who want everything from old electric fans and typewriters to early computers and TV sets.
Pictured is one of a pair of maple upholstered lounge chairs that sold for $978 at a recent Clars auction in California. The mid-century chairs were designed by Russel Wright and made by the Conant Ball Company of Gardner, Massachusetts. They are 29 inches high by 24 1/2 inches wide by 25 inches deep. Photo is courtesy of Clars.