Folk Art Canes

American folk art canes usually had a handle and shaft made from a single piece of wood or other material.

Market Report – Curtis Jeré Wall Hangings

From shag carpet to light fixtures, home décor of the 1960s is rising again in popularity, possible because of nostalgia by baby boomers. The low-priced metal wall hangings of Curtis Jeré, popular between 1963 and 1972, are part of that trend. In recent years, the metal sculptures of birds, trees, bridges and sunbursts (to name […]

Strange Things

Strange things sell! A dead cat sold for $22,200 at an Ancient Objects online auction in October 2019. It was a 21-inch Egyptian mumified cat in an antique glass dome. A December 11, 1939, newspaper mentioned that it was bought at an earlier sale in 1939.

Kovels On Antiques & Collectibles Vol. 46 No. 5 – January 2020

Innovative Chair Design … Buttons … Framed Advertising … Kimonos … Curtis Jeré Wall Hangings … On the Road – TEFAF New York City … Bell-Shaped Pottery Marks … Collector’s Gallery … Prices   See full issue as a PDF* *Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view PDF files. Click here to download Adobe Reader.  **If reading […]

Storing Glassware

When storing dishes, glassware, and especially textiles, don’t use old newspapers for wrapping. The ink will come off and may leave permanent stains.

Surprising Diversity in Vintage Buttons

Button, button, who’s got the button? Button collectors discovered a treasure trove of antique, vintage and collectible buttons at a recent auction at Whitley’s Auctioneers in Florida. The sale contained 1,228 lots, and many featured whole cards, bags, multiple cart lots and frames filled with assorted buttons. Included in the sale were buttons from the […]

Revolutionary War Musket Sells

The Dutch flintlock musket used to fire the first shot at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775 was sold by Morphy Auctions for $492,000. It belonged to Private John Simson (1748-1825) and stayed in his family for the 244 years before the sale. It is said he fired the first shot against the Colonel’s […]

Washing Aluminum

Wash aluminum with mild dishwasher soap. Rinse, dry. If needed, use silver polish to add more luster. High temperatures in the dishwasher or oven will dull the shine.

Framed Advertisements are Windows to Past

Advertising signs with catchy images and slogans have always been effective sales tools. Many older advertising signs were made of cardboard or lithographed tin. They were thrown away or even used to stop leaks in barn roofs. Signs in good condition are rare collectibles and were among many advertising items offered at a recent sale […]

Bank Collectors Look for Different Things

Collector preference has changed in mechanical bank collecting. The rarest banks were the most expensive from the 1950s to the 1980s. Now the collectors want great condition; almost perfect paint more than rarity.