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Kovels’ January 2022 newsletter features jewelry by Art Smith, Roseville pottery, vintage and antique buttons, toy train accessories, and countertop display cabinets, all with photos and prices.


Distinctive jewelry made by Art Smith drew high bids at auction in Los Angeles and it’s featured in a sales report in the January 2022 issue of Kovels On Antiques & Collectibles newsletter. Smith was one of the leading modernist jewelry artists of the mid-20th century and his work has a bold, expressive style. Read about Art Smith in Kovels’ first-of-the-new-year issue and enjoy seeing a selection of his bracelets, necklaces, pins and rings along with their auction prices.

Toy train sets are fun to play with, even more so with when they include accessories like train stations. A recent New Jersey auction featured a single owner’s collection of toy trains and toy train accessories and Kovels’ January newsletter pictures some of the accessories. See detailed recreations of international train stations, a country station with a crossing bar and semaphore, a hill climbing trolley, and others, with selling prices, that were made in Germany in the early 1900s.

Advertising collectibles are always popular. Some collectors specialize in vintage advertising items that were used in stores, like the countertop display cabinets that were offered at a recent Indiana auction. Find priced examples such as cabinets that once held men’s shirt collars, baby bottle caps and nipples, and even “poisons” and apothecary liquids in Kovels’ January issue.

Collectors who admire Roseville pottery will enjoy the January 2022 sales report that pictures a selection of Roseville vases auctioned recently in Cincinnati, along with their prices and a bit of information about each pattern. Then turn to the January Dictionary of Marks to see examples of marks and labels found on Roseville to help identify and date pieces you may find.

And last, but not least, take a look at vintage and antique buttons, small but interesting collectibles that range from artistic to whimsical. Examples pictured in the latest Kovels’ newsletter include buttons made with materials from Bakelite to glass to rubber to wood and learn their affordable prices.

The Kovels go “on the road” to explore “vintage” Virginia, picturing favorites from a museum in Richmond and shops in Charlottesville. The first Collector’s Gallery of the new year answers readers’ questions about a bull’s head can opener, a Nippon wall pocket, an art deco skyscraper lamp, and a plated amberina pitcher. And more than 70 antiques and collectibles are listed in the January 2022 Buyer’s Price Guide.