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Kovels’ July 2022 newsletter features folk art depictions of Uncle Sam, American dolls, Bakelite jewelry, Shaker boxes and 1950s and 1960s furniture, all with photos and prices and made in the U.S.A.
Folk art interpretations of Uncle Sam kick off a Fourth of July celebration in Kovels On Antiques & Collectibles July 2022 newsletter. Uncle Sam is a steadfast favorite of collectors of Americana and a North Carolina auction offered 10 unique depictions of Uncle Sam. Kovels’ newsletter pictures some whimsical examples made of wood and pottery with prices that ranged from $100 to $1,000.
Kovels’ July issue pictures an assortment of all-American dolls that auctioned in Ohio. Readers can get all dolled up and take a look at Ginny, Toni, Nancy Lee, Mary Hartline, Shirley Temple and other popular dolls from the 1930s to ’50s, and a more recent Stella doll, that are hits with collectors today. See what their admirers are paying!
Shaker containers — boxes, baskets, and buckets — were simply constructed, simply functional and simply beautiful. And collectors love them. A Connecticut auction offered a small number of Shaker carriers and containers that brought prices up to $3,000. See oval boxes with their distinctive lapped finger joints, a handled carrier, basket, bucket and tall cupboard, all made in Shaker communities, and learn their current prices in Kovels’ latest issue.
In the 1950s and ’60s, stylish, affordable works by high-end American designers were made to make midcentury design more accessible to middle class buyers. A recent auction in Pennsylvania offered more than 300 pieces of furniture by American midcentury furniture designers. Find examples by Vladimir Kagan, Harvey Probber, Paul McCobb and others in Kovels’ July newsletter and see what collectors paid to take them home.
And popular Bakelite jewelry sold at an Indianapolis auction, where many originally inexpensive pieces sold for hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Did you know Bakelite itself was “born in America” (by accident!) more than 100 years ago? Kovels’ latest newsletter pictures bold and bright Bakelite pins and bracelets from that auction along with their prices.
The Kovels go “on the road” to Bentonville, Arkansas and share some unexpected pleasures and finds. Terry Kovel also shares her thoughts on her own Fourth of July celebrations and patriotic collectibles. July’s Dictionary of Marks lists American pottery companies that used patriotic symbols in their marks. The Collector’s Gallery questions and answers feature a Heywood-Wakefield breakfront, a Roseville pottery vase, a Dalpayrat vase, and an unusual sewing needle holder. And more than 70 antiques and collectibles are listed in the July Buyer’s Price Guide.