John Lightner explained it in best when interviewed several years ago:
- The most popular shape for Kugels was balls, ranging in size of up to 30". They were also produced in different fruit molds, including berries and grapes.
- Kugels were made of very heavy glass.
- The color is in the glass, not painted on.
- Kugels had brass caps and rings
- According to the Golden Glow, a Christmas organization for antique enthusiasts, the most common colors are gold, yellow--green, cobalt, blue and pink-red. The rarest colors are the deep reds, burgundy, orange and amethyst, as the rarest of all.
- Lot of ten Kugels, including one grape and Santa shaped Kugel, sold for $570.00 (Morphy's Auction September 2011)
- Two gold 4" Kugels, sold for $180.00 (Morphy's Auction September 2011)
- Set of six small kugels, 1 - 1.5" sold for $977.50 (Morphy's Auction September 2010
- Set of six larger kugels, sold for $316.50 (Morphy's Auction)
- Lot of six, includes one grape and one egg shaped Kugel, sold for $690.000 (Morphy's Auction September 2010)
- Set of 10 Kugels, ranging in size of up to 5", sold for $977.50 (Morphy's Auction September 2010)
Do your homework and buy from reputable sellers or auction houses.
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