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Posted on December 08, 2018Looking for a perfect gift for a collector friend? Kovels suggest a “go-with.” You don’t have to understand much about their collections to know these 5 accessories will make their hunt a little easier.
Looking for that perfect gift for a collector friend? The elves at Kovels.com suggest a “go-with.” You don’t have to understand much about their collection of mechanical banks, paperweights, or prized toys. Here are some ideas for accessories to make their hunt a little easier, each under .
1. A streamlined gadget with multiple uses would be a handy go-with for a collector. An all-in-one tool is a pen and includes five handy accessories – a screwdriver, ruler, bubble level, a stylus tip for making notes on smart devices and a ballpoint end with a clip for making notes on paper. It sells for in an online catalog. Good for a purse or car’s glove box because you never know when or where that next find will pop up that requires notes or more investigation.
2. A small magnifying-glass will delight a collector who searches for marks or repairs on silver, pottery or furniture. Many maker’s marks are very small and often impossible to read in a dark corner. Look for a pendant magnifying glass worn on a chain, or a larger glass with an interesting handle for use at home. Magnifying glasses have sold at auctions from to ; others are for sale in online shops. Many are reasonable enough to buy a pretty one for yourself too.
3. A scarf. Make it red or another bright color (and vintage, of course) so your friend or loved one can be easily found at a show or flea market. A red and white silk scarf that will stand out in a crowd is a vintage red and white Daniel la Foret Paris example that sells for online.
4. Display stands. Encourage a collector friend to take her beautiful antique and vintage dishes out of their boxes and put them on display with small easels. They are clear, unobtrusive, available in different sizes, and are perfect for displaying pocket watches, butter pats and belt buckles as well as heirloom salad plates. A larger size is available for dinner plates. Sets are available online for to . Look for heavier Asian carved wood stands for bowls or plants in an assortment of sizes at big box stores. Don’t ruin good books by stacking them to hold plants.
5. Help a collector learn more about their collectible, with news, tips and sources as well as what's selling for what by giving a subscription to Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles newsletter.
Top off your list with the best price book for collectors, Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2019. It’s available online, in bookstores, and in the Kovels.com store. With 16,000 prices of antiques and collectibles arranged in more than 700 collecting categories from Advertising, Bottle and Clock to Toy, Vaseline Glass and Weather Vane, descriptive paragraphs that includes factory histories, locations and production dates, 2,500 color photographs, and lots of logos and marks, Kovels’ is a reference guide for the collector, a textbook for want-to-be collector, and entertainment to be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates the treasures of the past.
Terry Kovel is one of America’s foremost authorities on antiques and collectibles. She is the well-known columnist and author of more than 100 books on antiques and collecting. The 2019 edition of Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide is available at Kovels.com and local bookstores. This all-new 51st edition of Kovels’ popular annual price guide features 16,000 prices and more than 2,500 photos, larger than ever before, on items in categories most sought-after by collectors. New this edition – 300 marks to help identify and date pottery, porcelain, glass and other collectibles. Terry Kovel will discuss antiques and collectibles topics with accredited media. Photographs are available. Contact pr(at)kovels(dot)com.
Kovels.com, created by Terry Kovel and her daughter, Kim Kovel, provides collectors and researchers with up-to-date and accurate information on antiques and collectibles. The company was founded in 1953 by Terry Kovel and her late husband, Ralph. Since then, the Kovels have written some of America’s most popular books and articles about antiques, including the best-selling annual Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide. The website, Kovels.com, online since 1998, offers more than a million free prices, and includes a free weekly email, “Kovels Komments.” It gives readers a bird’s-eye view of the market through the latest news, auction reports, a Marks Dictionary, readers’ questions and answers and much more.