Kovels.com Top 20 Antiques and Collectibles Searches for September 2014

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Kovels' September 2014 Top 20 list shows antiques enthusiasts busy researching trunks. Collectors like to pack up antique trunks – and then stay home to enjoy them.

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Louis Vuitton hat trunk Photo courtesy of New Orleans Auction Company

Kovels' Top 20 list is based on the results of hundreds of thousands of searches that took place on its website. Kovels.com has just released September’s Top 20 antiques and collectibles searches. During September 2104, collectors were looking for prices of: 1) Fenton, 2) Coca-Cola, 3) Occupied Japan, 4) McCoy, 5) Stoves, 6) Depression Glass, 7) Wedgwood, 8) Bavaria, 9) Dinnerware, 10) Delft, 11) Capo-Di-Monte, 12) Hull, 13) Pepsi Cola, 14) Lamps, 15) Banks, 16) Scales, 17) Satsuma, 18) Belleek, 19) Trunks, and 20) Lighters.

Antique trunks come and go, both in popularity and on Kovels’ Top 20 list – this month they’re at No. 19. Trunks have been made and used since medieval times. By the 1700s, they were being made of various woods covered with animal hides. Leather-covered trunks became popular in the late 1700s. As more people were on the move by the mid-1800s, fancy rounded “dome” top trunks became popular. Low, flat top or “steamer” trunks, designed to be easier to store during extended trips by steamboat or train, were in use by the late 1880s. It’s thought that a domed top trunk was preferred by the traveler who didn’t want other trunks or luggage to be stacked on top of it and that it would likely be one of the first to be taken off. Large wardrobe trunks were made to be stood on one end and opened, with hanging rods in one end and drawers in the other end. Smaller “packers” or “cabin” trunks were practical for shorter travel. By 1895, trunks were covered with canvas or decorated sheet metal and by 1925, they were covered with vulcanized fiber or undecorated metal. Collectors love them all and use them as coffee tables, storage chests or seats. The trunk pictured is a 17 by 16-in. hat trunk, made by Louis Vuitton about 1915. It sold for $2,091 at a New Orleans auction.

Collectors who go to Kovels.com can learn the identifying features, marks and prices of antiques and collectibles. Kovels.com and the book, “Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide,” list thousands of collectibles, including trunks, in hundreds of categories that are described, edited, priced and pictured.

Terry Kovel is America’s foremost authority on antiques and collectibles. She is the well-known columnist and author of more than 100 books on antiques and collecting. With her daughter, Kim Kovel, she co-authors the best-selling annual “Kovels Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide.” Both Terry and Kim are collectors. They will discuss antiques and collectibles topics with accredited media. Photographs are available. Contact pr(at)kovels.com.

About Kovels.com
Kovels.com, created by Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel, provides collectors and researchers with up-to-date and accurate information on antiques and collectibles. Kovels’ Antiques was founded in 1953 by Terry Kovel and her late husband, Ralph. Since then, Kovels’ has published some of America’s most popular books and articles about antiques, including the best-selling “Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide.” The brand new 2015 edition is now available in bookstores and in the online shop at Kovels.com. Ralph and Terry were featured in three TV series about antiques and collectibles, The most recent was “Flea Market Finds with the Kovels” on the HGTV cable channel. The Kovels’ website, online since 1998, offers 900,000 free prices and includes a free weekly email, “Kovels Komments.” It give readers a bird’s-eye view of the market through the latest news, auction reports, a Marks Dictionary, readers’ questions with Kovels’ answers and much more.

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