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Antiques and Collectibles

Kovel’s Antiques: Arts and Crafts-era maker had own style
February 5, 2012
Arts and Crafts, or Mission, furniture is described in most catalogs and books as functional and simple, with straight legs and arms. Pieces have little decoration, just visible mortise-and-tenon joints.
Kovel’s Antiques: Many types of tea accessories are collectible
January 29, 2012
Tea, it is said, was first drunk by the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung about 2737 B.C.
Kovel’s Antiques: Forgotten toys still have value
January 22, 2012
Toys often were made to resemble famous people or characters in plays, books or TV shows. Sometimes the character that inspired the toy is forgotten, but the toy remains popular with collectors because it is so well-designed, unusual or lovable.
Kovel’s Antiques: Market is hot for Art Deco bronzes
January 15, 2012
What is “cold-painted bronze”? The term is used online to describe colorful bronze or spelter figures, but almost no one explains what it means. One online forum offers dozens of answers, all wrong, because the bloggers are contemporary artists familiar with a modern process called “cold patina.”
Kovel’s Antiques: Figurines captured famous likenesses
January 1, 2012
Figurines were the “photographs” of the 18th and 19th centuries. Well-known politicians, royalty, sports figures, actors, writers, religious subjects and newsworthy criminals, places and events were the inspiration for the figurines.
Kovel’s Antiques: Calling cards not unlike Facebook requests
December 5, 2010
Long before people sent “friend requests” on Facebook, social contacts were made by leaving a calling card or visiting card at the home of the person you wanted to visit.
Kovel’s Antiques: Halloween ‘foot lantern’ is a find so rare it’s scary
November 7, 2010
Sometimes a vintage or antique item is so unusual it’s hard to figure out what it represents or how it was used.
Kovel’s Antiques: Unusual country-store collectibles in high demand
October 31, 2010
Country-store collectibles still are selling well if they’re large, colorful and have unusual graphics or wording.
Kovel’s Antiques: Halloween decor priced for nostalgia
October 24, 2010
Halloween-related decorations and objects are among today’s most popular collectibles.
Kovel’s Antiques: Indian figures long linked to tobacco
October 17, 2010
Wooden Indians have been displayed at tobacco stores since the 19th century.
Kovel’s Antiques: Rookwood pottery has storied history
October 10, 2010
Collectors today pay very high prices for the best of Rookwood’s “artist” pieces.
Kovel’s Antiques: Convex mirrors draw in light
October 3, 2010
Elaborate antique girandoles sell for $2,000 to $20,000; recent copies sell for under $1,000.
Sealing bargains: Stamp club offers expertise on community collections
September 27, 2010
The Lawrence Stamp Club is opening its next meeting to the public for its first walk-in stamp consultation event, called Stamps in the Attic.
Cat figures popular with collectors
September 17, 2010
Surveys show that pictures of cats are more popular than pictures of dogs or horses.
Antique sewing gear prized by collectors
September 12, 2010
Women’s work in past centuries included cooking, cleaning and sewing. Before the 19th century, women had to shear sheep or cut flax and spin or weave fabric. Then they were expected to know how to make coverlets, curtains and clothing. Everything was hand-sewn. The sewing machine was patented in America in 1846, but machines were not made in quantity until the 1850s.