The Kovel family has been involved in the antiques and collecting field for decades, as evidenced by their first book way back in 1953. Although Ralph has passed away (2008), Terry and daughter Kim are still producing books that are considered bibles by all who buy and sell antiques and collectibles.
After the few pages of explanation, the alphabetical price guide starts right off with A. Walter glass (under contract to the Daum glassworks. ABC Plates, Abingdon Pottery and Adams China made up the first page. And it goes on from there. Eventually including 40,00 prices in over 700 different categories on 722 pages.
If you're looking for a comprehensive price guide in a specific category, you won't find it in this book. There are too many things to include. But if you're looking for a great book that will give an overall feel about the values of a long list of various antiques and collectibles -- look no further.
Thoughout the book are short tips about collecting, cleaning, and shopping. I do like the fact that know now what I can do with ketchup -- quick copper cleaner!
Over the past few years prices have plummeted for many popular items that people collect. It's a bit hard to keep up with these values, but the Kovels have it under control.
All photographs and prices are new each year, nothing is updated or estimated. The antiques and collectibles pictured are items that were offered for sale or sold for the amount listed in 2010 - 2011.
Also noted is that the book does not contain many items that would sell for over $5,000. A few higher prices may be shown, but the Kovels like to show the prices that we, as average buyers, might see or pay.
Also noted is this statement:
We take the editorial privilege of not including prices we think result from "auction fever">
- Did you know that Terry's Kovels: Antiques and Collectibles newspaper column, is the oldest nationally syndicated newspaper column that is still written by the original author?
- Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles is a monthly newsletter with over 50,000 paid subscribers
- Kovels Komments is a free weekly ezine with over 200,000 readers.
Black Dog & Leventhal
Format: Paperback/722 Pages