The December issue of Kovels Antique Trader takes you on a sentimental journey, celebrating 50 years of Hallmark Keepsake ornaments. Since 1973, Hallmark Keepsake ornaments have provided a visual representation of the things we treasure in life, immortalized each holiday season on a tree or tabletop. Through the years, the ornaments have been popular with collectors and non-collectors alike.

Long before Hallmark entered the ornament business, however, another ornament company dominated the holiday season. Shiny Brite produced the most popular Christmas tree ornaments in the US. throughout the 1940s and 1950s. Coated with a wistful affection for the past, vintage Shiny Brite ornaments remain popular with collectors and fans of Mid-Century design. You’ll see why in the December issue of Kovels Antique Trader.

If you enjoy stepping out for the holidays or simply dressing up for gatherings at home, you’ll enjoy reading Pamela Wiggins Siegel’s story on festive costume jewelry from Bettina von Walhof. You’ll also have fun as writer Wayne Jordan takes you to historic Williamsburg, Virginia, for an antiquing adventure in search of last-minute presents in this charming town nestled in the heart of coastal Virginia.

What would the holidays be without toys? We wouldn’t know because we have them in this issue. Mattel’s inaugural run of 16 Hot Wheels cars set the toy market on fire in 1968, revolutionizing the die-cast car industry. We profile what collectors lovingly refer to as “The Sweet Sixteen.” Also from Mattel, we feature a story on Liddle Kiddles, tiny dolls produced from 1966 to 1971 that still bring big fun and big prices.

The December issue also features Sales Reports on Breweriana, Meissen, and the art of Thomas Hart Benton, as well as the Dictionary of Marks and Collector’s Gallery. In addition, Editor Paul Kennedy shares a first-person tale of how the power of Christmas music saved the day for a choir of off-key angels.

This, and a whole lot more, can be found in the December issue of Kovels Antique Trader.

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