The Top 10 Antiques & Collectibles for July 2011:
It's STILL hot. Wondering how Grandma had a cool drink on a hot afternoon? General Electric introduced the Monitor Top refrigerator in 1927. They cost about $300. Today a Monitor Top can sell for anywhere from $500 to $3,000, depending on condition and a fully restored model can sell for $3,800 or more.
The entire country is experiencing a heat wave, leaving us wondering how Grandma beat the heat in the 1920s. She likely used an electric desk fan like this. It sold at a recent Skinner auction in Boston for $86.
If you want to add a touch of whimsy to your garden, head to an antique shop or flea market. One lucky collector bought this hard-to-find mermaid fountain by Kay Finch at a Cincinnati Art Galleries auction.
This teakettle ink bottle sold for $560 at a recent American Bottle auction. 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.