Holiday Antiques & Collectibles Wish List from the Staff at Kovels

Some of Kovels’ staff picks, clockwise from upper left: Stockdale burl bowl, Kagan rocker, Picasso vase, J.P. Miller earrings. More pictures at

The staff members at study hundreds of books and auction catalogs filled with all types of vintage and antique treasures. As much as they love reporting the stories of items bought by others, they are often attracted to things they wish they could snag for themselves. The Kovels’ staff was asked, “What (in a perfect world or if you just won the lottery!) would be on your wish list?” Here Kovels’ staff picks from 2017 auctions that they are excited about:

Terry Kovel collects many things and loves political memorabilia of all types, from banners, bandannas and buttons to paper, pins, and posters. Terry would love to add a rare and historic “warlog” to her collection. It contains a 12-lb. cannon ball and grapeshot from Snodgrass Hill, site of the Civil War Battle of Chickamauga. The pricey historic item was offered at a Julia auction, estimated at $20,000 to $30,000, but the lot was passed. Maybe there will be another chance. “I’ve been collecting things like a burl basket, a root carving, or a buffalo walking stick made from a sapling that was tied into a knot when it was young.”

Kim Kovel collects many things Midcentury Modern and later, and she was drawn to 18-karat gold earrings by jewelry designer and goldsmith John Paul Miller (1918-2013). “I like these earrings because they are starfish and made by a local Cleveland artist.”

Gay, the “mother of Kovels’ annual price guide,” travels a lot and always hunts for Christmas ornaments that are reminders of many places in the U.S., Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as family events. “I have always wanted a carved wooden Christmas pyramid from the Erzgebirge region of Germany. One with 4 tiers. I had a smaller one years ago that was damaged when I failed to notice it had stopped turning and the candles were burning the wood.” A few vintage 4-tier pyramids have sold in German auctions for $800 to $1,000. Newer ones are a bit less expensive, $400 and up.

Janet is Kovels’ graphic designer and would like to own an original Apple-1 computer, considered to be one of the most valuable and…

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