November 09, 2017
Vintage pens auctioned in Chicago and Mexico City are featured in a sale report in Kovels on Antiques & Collectibles November 2017 newsletter. Kovels’ pictures a selection of fountain pens and a rollerball pen, sold from $100 to just over $1,000, that are useful tools as well as practical luxuries. Prices sizzled for miniature toy cast iron cook stoves at a Virginia auction, where nearly 40 examples from one collection were offered. Despite their diminutive size—ranging from about 9 to 23 inches high—they were working stoves, fueled by coal, wood or gas. See the detailed examples that brought prices up to $440 in Kovels’ November newsletter. And two recent auctions included soda syrup dispensers, used from the early 1900s to the 1940s in drugstore soda fountains and soda shops. Most were ceramic with brightly colored advertising for the syrups brands they held. Prices peaked at $18,450 for a Hires Rootbeer urn that pictured the Hires boy. See if your favorite soda brand is in Kovels’ latest issue.
A Chicago auction included furniture made from a variety of innovative materials. See 20th-century chairs by famous midcentury designers that are made of fiberglass, steel, plastic, cardboard, Masonite, and space-age fibers. Hundreds of pieces of pressed glass made in the 1880s by the Riverside Glass Works sold at auction in Ohio. Kovels’ November newsletter pictures colorful examples with prices, including an emerald green oil lamp that sold for $50 and a nine-piece amber water set that brought $900.
The Kovels interview an enthusiastic Batman collector about his favorite pieces, and note a trending market for marble busts. The popular illustrated Collector’s Gallery…