Vintage Halloween decorations auctioned in New Jersey are featured in a sale report in Kovels On Antiques & Collectibles October 2019 newsletter. The decorations are hard to find and bring strong prices because they were usually made of paper or pulp that were easily torn or broken. See the grinning witch’s head jack-o’-lantern made of composition with inset paper features that sold for $4,500. Other pictured pieces include a cardboard and cloth dancing couple with pumpkin heads that went for $1,920, a skeleton costume with a papier-mâché skull that brought $540, as well as other menacing figures and lanterns.
Shaker furniture and accessories sold at a Massachusetts auction. The Shakers made functional furniture, free of excess ornamentation. Pieces pictured in Kovels’ October issue were used in various Shaker communities and included an 1830s cherry, birch and pine drop leaf table that auctioned for more than $14,000; a pine hanging cupboard with original blue paint for $6,700; a walnut seed cabinet for $1,600; and more.
Collectors always love the graphics and nostalgic imagery of advertising signs, displays, and other items related to beer. Collectively called “breweriana,” an Ohio auction offered more than 200 lots that advertised beer. A C.L. Centlivre Brewing Co. sign that pictures the red brick factory, its smoking stacks, and a bustling 1890s street scene sold for $600, while a metal Schlitz lady with a light-up globe brought $300. More breweriana awaits in Kovels’ latest newsletter.
A single-owner’s collection of modernist jewelry and pottery by Canadian artists sold in Florida. Enjoy samples of work by Hans Gehrig, Walter Schluep, Ernst and Alma Lorenzen and others, along with selling prices, in Kovels’ October newsletter. And Japanese Satsuma pottery made in the early 1900s was offered in a recent Ohio auction. Find bowls, vases, and covered jars with crackled ivory ground and colorful landscapes (Mt Fuji!), figures, and flowers that sold from $138 to $1,320 in Kovels’ latest issue.
Kovels’ popular illustrated Collector’s Gallery answers readers’ questions about a perfume lamp, an old brass cash register, a silver box and a Sascha Brastoff pitcher. The October Dictionary of Marks identifies and dates marks and cyphers used by porcelain manufacturer Royal Crown Derby. And more than 70 antiques and collectibles are listed in the October Buyer’s Price Guide.
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